Mondays are great days with lots of different things going on. Beach trips for a dozen, and this morning it was Rising Tide, Jack Steel, The Cobbler Swayne, Present Lodger, Lost Frequency, Ryalex, Newtown Lad, Tap Night, Kris Cross, Moorstown, Marcus Antonius and Pulpitarian who had a spa morning in the waves.
At Arlary we jumped in the school; pictured is Superior Command and Maisie, and…
We seem to have hit a run of third placings which is rather boring, however, the horses are running to a level.
Tantamount travelled extremely well and looked none the worse for his last run. He could have done with a slightly quicker pace to the race but we can take heart from this run. Also at Uttoxeter, It'stimeforapint returned from time off to be fifth, and should come on for this run.
A beautiful morning to start the day; pictured is Clondaw Knight, Rising Marienbard, Rivabodiva, Rich Coast, Midnight, and in the distance, Deepsand, Urban Kode and Bold Sir Brian coming up the woodchip at Kilduff. There is a video of Deepsand jumping the logs on our Arlary House Facebook page.
Previous to this, at seven o'clock…
A third placing at Hexham may not seem like a red hot achievement but we were satisfied with Seven Devils, pictured, who acted on the good to soft ground and, more importantly, jumped with much more zest and confidence. Derek and the team here have worked hard to get Seven Devils to be bold at his fences and he showed that he is going in the right direction today.
Momkinzain did not stay…
It's a long way to Bangor for a nice lunch but I think that we made the correct decision to not run Final Assault on the drying ground.
To be fair to the track, the clerk of the course described the going as "Summer good going" and it was only when Derek, Scu and owner Mark Russell walked the track that we felt it was too quick for Final Assault. A true winter horse he would have coped…
Poor Ballycool was not suited by the track at Sedgefield but he rallied well to stay on for third having been outpaced. He is running more consistently and should find another winning opportunity before too long.
At Arlary we had a couple of canters for the string, including the French import Forest Des Aigles who has had an easy week to settle in and is now working in a relaxed manner.
Early morning we were at St Andrews West Sands, pictured, with a dozen horses; Moorstown, Kilbree Chief, Tantamount, Bescot Springs, Rising Tide, Pulpitarian, Kris Cross, Ryalex, Tap Night, One For Arthur, Jack Steel and Imjoeking.
At Kilduff the three year olds joined the string lobbing up the woodchip; also lobbing nicely were new arrivals Rich Coast and Deepsand; they will be schooled…
Lots of trotting and cantering around the fields for the youngsters and Ballycool who is heading to Sedgefield on Tuesday. He is very fresh and will be schooled tomorrow to prevent the over exuberance that he showed at Cartmel last time.
Today's photograph shows a group of the three year olds, led by the Fair Mix gelding with Harry. He has really pleased us since coming in to be broken…
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…