Winners And Graft

It has been an exceptional few days with winners across the codes and lots of promising runs.

The start of the winter jumps season coincides with the start of the all-weather flat racing and we have had winners under both codes.

On the all weather our two runners so far have both won; Engles Rock over a mile and Ballyare over five furlongs both at Newcastle. Both had been running with credit on the turf all summer so it is pleasing to see them happy returning to the all weather. Our other recent flat runner, Aone Ally was second in a close finish on the final day of the turf at Doncaster. We only have a couple of flat horses and they have been a credit to the team here and assistant trainer, Steven Kelly this season.

We have been a bit behind with our race reports, but excellent runs at Carlisle must be mentioned from Speak Of The Devil who was second, and Red Missile who was third. Both looked to enjoy the track and have races back there in the next few months.

At Kelso last weekend Corrigeen Rock delighted his owners, the Caledonian Club Racing Society winning the novice hurdle in good style. This rounded off a great few days for the Club who had been at the yard on the previous day, seeing the facilities and learning about our way of training.

Kelso included some excellent runs from the novices and handicappers, second placings from recent purchase Stylish Moment, and Kelso specialist and stable favourite, Big River. Vengeur de Guye was third showing no signs of slowing aged twelve, while at the other end of the age spectrum, Spark Of Madness was fourth learning more again. 

The next day it up was down the M6 to Aintree where Corach Rambler ran a blinder to win the novice handicap chase, showing lots of promise for the future. Douglas Talking was enthusiastic in his novice hurdle debut and his fourth place was noteworthy. 

The lorry rolled on to Ayr, with just three runners from eight declarations due to the faster ground, but a super result from Petite Rhapsody who was second, showing no ill effects of his fall at Perth last month. Bollingeradkrug was third on his chase debut and looks to have lots of potential in this sphere, while Slainte Mhor was also third under Patrick in the staying chase.

Our endless search for winners then stretched to Bangor where our only runner, Rapid Raider showed the benefit of a recent wind operation to win the two mile chase. A horse who used to be anxious at the races, he is much more settled and relaxed, including through his races. Thanks Geoff Lane!

We have had a couple of non racing days before a big weekend with seasonal debuts from Ahoy Senor and Mighty Thunder planned. We have had plenty of work around the fields in preparation; pictured is Mighty Thunder leading the first group yesterday, roll on some more good runs from the team.

Pictured, left to right, Songofthelark (Scu), Diamond State (Conner), Mighty Thunder (Lucinda), Operation Overlord (Cameron), Speak Of The Devil (Gregor) (Hidden Sutton Manor, Stephen and Aurora Thunder, Derek)


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