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Making It Happen

We were so delighted with Make It Happen's return to the track, and his second place. Poor Mac has had a number of issues, including colic surgery, a wind operation and a number of soundness issues, and his two owners Gordon Wright and Jeremy Mitchell have shown patience, understanding and care for their horse. Both Mac and his owners deserve to have more success and two and a half miles back at…


A Special Visitor And Pre Kelso

We were delighted to welcome Henrietta Knight to the yard today as she continues on her tour round Irish and British trainers' yards to include them in her book, 'What Makes Them Tick' due out this Christmas. Having been a heroine of mine it was marvellous to show her our facilities and way of training, and for her to meet One For Arthur, pictured. 

We will be heading to Kelso tomorrow where…


A Bit Of A Catch Up

It has been a week since I updated this section and we have had a busy time. 

The horses have been continuing with their work; three quarters of them are now in full training and we have their first races mapped out. Hey Listen was one of the first to start off in pre training this summer and we were pleased with his level of fitness at Perth. We find that generally the older horses who…


Void Race

Yesterday's void race has been subject to much activity this afternoon and evening with phone calls between the racecourse, and trainers Jennie Candlish/ Alan O'Keeffe, Donald McCain and ourselves. We trainers are disappointed with the time taken to stop the race, resulting in our horses jumping at least three more fences after the decision was made to void the race.  

There were three 'Stop'…


Perth

It is odd to leave the racecourse feeling flat after your runners have performed well, but this evening it was a quiet trip home.

The main issue was the second race, the novice handicap chase where Miss Joeking ran a super race to be a close second, but the race was voided after it was deemed unsafe for the horses to run up the finishing chute. The decision was correctly made by the racecourse…


Saturday Work Day And Pre Perth

We had a busy day yesterday with the horses working four times up the gallops, and some early signs of some of the horses closing in on race fitness. Photographed is Perth bumper winner Mighty Thunder leading the handicap chaser Voyage A New York, and novice hurdler Star Of Milan first time up the gallops.

Later on, Scu and I were guests of the Grand National sponsor Randox at their polo…


Intense Schooling

I have been rather quiet updating this news page, but we have had a big increase in work intensity and lots of schooling in preparation for the new season.

The steady cantering work at Kilduff has been replaced with plenty of jumping and more power work up the hills. Each morning this week we have had batches of horses, both young and older schooling over the logs, tyres, and Easyfix hurdles…


Close

It was a close finish at Bangor with Ballycool hitting the front after the last and just being passed by a fast finishing Peter Bowen horse. Still, this was a good return to form for Paul and Margaret Winnell's ten year old who has been leading some of the schooling at Kilduff this week. He seems to like Bangor and we will likely return there for more chases for him.

There was more schooling…


Schooling And Starters

More schooling this morning and a few horses starting back in work. 

At Kilduff Scu rode Tap Night as a lead horse and we jumped some of the three and four year olds over the logs, tyres and hurdles: Following Scu were Emissaire, Blaydon, and Simone. Next it was the brush hurdles for those three and also Rivabodiva, Chasseur De Tetes, Momkinzain and Rossamilan. Finally, Rossamilan jumped…


Tempo Increasing

The tempo is being increased as we get closer to autumn racing with more of the pre trainers in full training and working at a good pace up the gallops. 

At Kilduff we schooled a couple this morning including the five year old Chasseur De Tetes who jumped really well over the hurdles and will likely go hurdling next rather than another bumper. We also jumped Rossamilan who was super, Rivabodiva…