A most enjoyable, if busy, morning on the yards, kicking off early at Kilduff when Nicola and Colin Drysdale came to see their new purchase, Mighty Thunder. Mighty, along wth the other three year olds, trotted and cantered over a couple of miles on the grass before cantering around the sand gallop. Mighty is taking his work really well and looks mature for his age group.
Then it was on to…
While Perth was on we had plenty happening at the yards.
Tom Scudamore and Noel Fehily stayed over with us and they schooled a couple on Thursday, including Big River over hurdles and One For Arthur over fences. Pictured is Arthur warming up on the woodchip.
We had a new arrival with hurdle winner…
Not our best Perth but we were pleased with Alizee De Janeiro's chase debut where she was fourth. While she needs softer ground she learnt plenty and should have a good season in front of her. Marcus Antonius was also fourth; he ran to his mark and is suffering from his fifteen pound hike for winning in July.
Maraweh is also in the handicapper's grip but was not disgraced in the class three…
The early mornings are definitely getting darker, and with the change in light there is an expectancy for the autumn jump season. Tomorrow's first day of Perth's Finale meeting always stands out to me as the end of summer jumping and the start of the winter, and the promise of some good novice bumper, hurdle and chase runners.
We start tomorrow with a filly who I adore and who has come…
A super run from Catchthemoonlight rounded off last week in good style; she finished a fast finishing third, and with a few more yards would have been very close to the winner. She is thriving at the moment. Lord Of Drums was not so exciting and although he jumped well he folded when passed at the second last. He has always been a keen front runner but with age has settled and seems to have lost…
Another progressive work morning at Arlary and it was good to have our team of jockeys and work riders focusing on the coming weeks of racing while riding the horses in their work. We plan to have a couple at Perth but also are readying some for the early meetings at Kelso, Carlisle and Bangor.
Pictured coming up the gallop first time are Newtown Lad, Gaye Flier, Settledoutofcourt, Make…
Present Lodger travelled and jumped beautifully hitting the front at the last as planned. Unfortunately he was just outstayed and finished fourth; it was a solid run but he may be best on a less testing track at this distance. Morning Time showed signs of his old self and he should be closer up next time.
At home the work intensity is stepping up as only a few are still pre training. Three…
We had a couple of exciting arrivals this morning as Eric Gillies dropped off the French five year old hurdle winner Forest Des Aigles, and a strong unbroken four year old filly by Victory Note.
Forest Des Aigles has run four times over hurdles in France owned by Mr & Mrs Ray Anderson Green, being placed twice and winning by ten lengths on his final start. He will likely go chasing this…
It has been a long time since Momkinzain, pictured, won; three years and three months to be exact, and at times we have wondered if it was worth keeping him in training. However he has always shown bits of enthusiasm, in particular, a couple of weeks ago, and this evening, given a canny ride by Blair, he returned to winning ways. To be fair a win looked unlikely for most of the race as Monk tailed…
Kelso hold their twilight meeting tomorrow and are taking a step forward in equine welfare by using the new One Fit padded hurdles. Looking the same as other hurdles these are filled in with a foam board which prevents injury from the horse putting his leg through the hurdle and catching it on the wooden frame. We have been schooling over these hurdles for a couple if months and the horses jump…