Speak Of The Devil blundered away his chance when unseating Stephen at the second fence at Haydock. While the race conditions had changed with four fences out of the back straight and ground that was closer to good to soft than soft, we were still looking forward to Devil taking his chance. Thankfully he was caught by Jaimie after a circuit so did not have a hard day and may run again soon.
An ease in the weather and we have been working hard at home again with plenty of fresh horses after the abandonment of Musselburgh and some welcome race meetings on the horizon.
Working on the grass this morning were a mix of horses who had missed recent races and a couple of those who have aims in the next ten days; Izzy's Champion, Blooriedotcom, Eeyore, Destiny Is All, The Road Home,…
We are glad to have worked the horses on the grass last week while it was mild as the recent frosts have changed our focus back to the woodchip and just trotting on the thick grassland. The horses are fresh after their work and we are looking forward to a few more race meetings this week.
Having said that Musselburgh looks under threat of being off through the frost, which would lose some…
Exit To Where found the combination of a steady early pace and the longer distance all a bit much for him at Sedgefield and was pulled up before the third last; while a stayer in the future he is possibly better over shorter for now.
At home, we have taken advantage of the wet weather to work on the grass, including over our one mile six gallop. We find it so useful to assess horses, particularly…
Touchedbyanangel looked competitive at Musselburgh until the final hurdle where he could only stay on one paced and he may be feeling the effects of a long summer. He will likely have a good break and will be back out in the spring to contest races at Perth, his owners, the Tay Valley Chasers' local track. TVC have the chaser OrionInverness for the winter and he may run at Newcastle on Saturday;…
Apologies for the lack of news; a minor glitch. We have had some good runs over the past week including Speak Of The Devil who made a strong bid to win his first chase, but had to settle for second place. This was an excellent effort from the lightly raced gelding and there are plenty more good runs to come from him. He is pictured leading the string down the gallops on Saturday.
Aurora Thunder was a battling second at Ayr this afternoon, showing improved form in her first handicap and losing nothing in defeat. She handled the softer ground and is now hurdling effectively, she looks on the upward curve and is the type of mare that we love; all heart and enthusiasm.
Also at Ayr Timesawaiting ran well for a long way until lack of a recent run took its toll, with Cameron…
It is so satisfying when a horse returns to form and Well Above Par certainly did today at Kelso with an all the way victory in the feature handicap chase. Loving the heavy ground he jumped with a refound confidence to give the Eagle Partnership a valuable win. Ginny, Sandy, Euan, Roger, and Anne were present, just Ian could not make it this time. With time Well Above could improve again and we…
Saint Freule may have his own bonkers way of doing things, but he has a decent engine and today, despite some jumping that can be brushed up, he stormed up the Hexham hill to win his novice chase by three lengths. It was a most satisfactory win for everyone connected to Saint, and due reward for patience from his owner, and for dedication from his work riders; Blair and, last week, Patrick who spend…
Izzy's Champion, pictured, has a jumpers pedigree and he made a great start to his chasing career to be second at Musselburgh this afternoon. Given a patient ride by Stephen, he gradually found his feet and jumped well up the home straight, showing a fighting attitude in a tussle for second place. He looks to finally be justifying his owners, Paul and Margaret Winnell's patience. In the same race,…