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Pre Kelso

Present Lodger ran a solid race on a track that looked too sharp for him, getting outpaced on the faraway bend then staying on in the closing stages to be fifth. If he comes out of the race well there should be good opportunities for him later this summer.

We have three tomorrow at Kelso on their popular Ladies Day.

Appropriately we start with two mares, Blue Baton and Chouquette.…


Breakers And Pre Cartmel

Derek is exceptionally skilled at breaking in young horses and he has started off with the first batch of the Class of 2018. 

Pictured is 'Hinny' the thre year old Presenting filly that the Morrison Bell's bought at Tattersalls a week ago. Having been lunged with tack on she is now backed and is about to start trotting and cantering round the school. The photograph shows Thomas is getting…


Success At The Sales

That is not a totally true headline as while we are delighted to welcome two new horses to the string, we were also under bidder on a couple and still are looking to buy some more at future sales. However, we are delighted with the two that we have.

On Tuesday we waited until the end of the sale to buy the four year old store by Prince Fiori out of the winning chaser Hearts Delight, and…


Enthusiasm, Bravery And Places At Hexham

Rising Marienbard, pictured, is a horse to follow in the future as he jumped with enthusiasm and scope to come third in his first novice chase. He looks to have the makings of a good staying chaser who will be suited by stiff jumping tests and is one that we look forward to running.

The ground at Hexham was well watered and Hey Listen found it a bit tricky. However, he tried hard and despite…


Warm Days And Dreams

The Ormello Way owners had a lovely day at Market Rasen on Sunday and were proud of Sky Khan’s third place; despite running in snatches he stayed on to be a fast finishing third and on this showing should be winning again soon. Supporters and half of Ormello Way are pictured in the winners enclosure.

Scu and I headed back up to Doncaster where the three day Goffs bloodstock Sales start on…


Late Nights And Catching Up

Evening racing has its attractions but the drive home afterwards can be tiring and this evening it was Tantamount, Jaimie and Derek who were late home after running at Aintree. Tantamount ran a gutsy race, just needing the run in the final furlong but galloping to the line to be sixth; he maybe needs a drop in grade to get back to winning ways. The three arrived home at 1.30am and all were back…


Winning Roundup

We had two wins over the two days at Perth and some good places.

Alizee De Janeiro won her novice chase with an assured round of jumping under Derek. She has plenty of class and now that she is more confident at her fences she should be able to progress as we had hoped. Her win is thanks to her patient owner Debs Thomson, and the skill of the schooling jockeys here who have inspired her,…


Perth Day Two

A bumper card for Perth tomorrow with eight races after one race was divided and great field sizes proving the attraction of safe ground and race conditions appropriate to the horse population.

We start with two in the two mile novice hurdle, Scales Of Justice and Vinos Choice. Scales Of Justice has the conformation to make a classy chaser and with his breeding he should stay further in…


Tattersalls Sales And Pre Perth

We were with Julian and Karenina Morrison Bell at the Tattersalls Ireland Sales today looking to buy a filly with scope and a good pedigree. With a short list of a dozen that was then shortened to just three, we were delighted to purchase the three year old Presenting out of hurdle winner and black type chaser Avondhu Lady, pictured. A loose moving filly she will be broken in by Derek next week…


Two Seconds At Hexham

We had some great runs at Hexham today with two young horses showing ability when second.

Rising Marienbard, pictured, is finally coming together and while this big strong horse has taken this season to fully mature, he is now showing on the track what he shows at home. He loved the good ground and should gain compensation for this close run next time.

Blue Baton also appreciated…