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Pre Kelso

We set off to Kelso tomorrow with five runners, all over hurdles and including some promising novices.

Superior Command is a good two mile hurdler on his day, and he seems to be in great form at home. He is trimmer than this time last season and while he can jump right, he has won round Kelso in the past. A solid run to set him up for the season would be great, especially as he will have…


Forest Des Aigles Wins At Hexham

It was a nice performance from Forest Des Aigles when winning at Hexham this afternoon. In a true run race he stayed the trip and although a little keen to get on with things to start he was professional in the final half mile and gave his owners Ray and Anita Anderson Green a promising win. He is pictured being led in by Mark.

Rivabodiva ran well to be third over an inadequate trip. She…


Onwards To Hexham

Onwards to Hexham with a couple of old favourites and a good second season chaser.

Rivabodiva makes her seasonal debut in a mares two and a half mile hurdle. She will love the going and, for this stage in the season, the two and a half mile trip is probably ideal. She is a tough girl when on song and she seems in good heart at home.

Forest Des Aigles heads into new territory over…


One For Arthur To Miss The Season

One For Arthur has been monitored and scanned since the Aintree Grand National and yesterday, after his first piece of work, he was found to have disrupted fibres in his right fore superficial flexor tendon.  He will miss the rest of this season. 

Arthur's Grand National win has changed our lives, and we are eternally grateful to him. Arthur's welfare comes first and his rehabilitation will…


Irish Visit

Scu and I were in Ireland today looking at a couple of three year olds and also at The Toft's filly foal by Getaway, and a couple of the Coolmore stallions.

Of course, we had to see Milan, who at nineteen years old look fabulous and we thanked him for his sons who are a large part of our yard. We also admired Getaway, sure to become a leading National Hunt sire, and the tough Westerner. 

Our…


One For Arthur Wins A McCoy For Horse Of The Year

We were delighted for One For Arthur to be honoured with a McCoy Award at Cheltenham this evening, as he won the Horse Of The Year award. 

Judged by an expert panel the award recognises the performance of an individual horse at the Jockey Club South West racecourses. This was for his run in the Warwick Betfair Classic Handicap Chase and was eagerly received by his owners the Two Golf Widows…


Mumgos Debut Wins At Perth

Mumgos Debut, pictured, was maybe a fortunate winner, but for a horse who has had his share of bad luck it was good to have a lucky day; his only other rival fell at the first to allow him to have a jump round for the prizemoney, and a rather nice Lord Mansefield silver trophy. The result was well received by his owners Peter and Suzy Brown who were in France visiting their vineyard; a day for a…


Getting Ready For Perth

Lots of rain in Kinross has resulted in fabulous ground for schooling and work on the grass at Kilduff, and heavy going at Perth.

We have four runners tomorrow at Perth and all were cantered round the fields this morning and had a whizz up the gallops. We also schooled Kelpies Myth, Mumgos Debut, Rivabodiva and Spoils Of War. 

We start with the filly Simone, a half-sister to Simonsig…


Jump For Dough For Sale and Work Progress

Saturday is a work day and we had some first pieces of work for a couple, as well as the youngsters having a first taste of working on the grass in pairs. Pictured is Tap Night leading Aurora Thunder and Pinspot then Blue Baton and Mint Gold.

We were joined by Colin and Nicola Drysdale who own Aurora Thunder and Mighty Thunder, and by Darren Ross, owner of Rossamilan who runs next week at…


Friday Report

As Derek and Stephen were down in London at the BHA hearing yesterday we moved Thursday's schooling to this morning. Twenty horses, from soon to run handicappers to unraced three year olds, had a morning jumping the logs then up the different obstacles. There is a video on the home page of Moorstown and Well Above Par, both due to go chasing in the next few weeks, and one of Thepensionfund and Hey…