Still a bit of snow around and it was a shame to see that Newcastle has had snow today too; it will be terrible to lose another meeting.
There is an early morning inspection at Musselburgh and I hope that it goes ahead for us, and for Gerry Mcgladery who sponsors all but one of the races in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. There will be a good party there!
We start with the…
Ayr was off due to more rain, so we packed two horses into the lorry and Jaimie and Steve drove them to Market Rasen last night. Avoiding the chaos on the M74 they arrived safe and sound and the journey was not wasted.
Bialco is a gorgeous grey who has lots of scope and has a few options coming up in the spring. He was due to run over hurdles at Ayr to try a new trip of three miles, but…
We were really pleased with Grand Morning's win in the two mile maiden hurdle this afternoon. It was very deep ground but he rolled on through it up the straight to win by just over a length. He is still inexperienced and continues to mature at home but looks a super type for his owner.
We were also pleased by the other runners; Haul Us In is another backward type but given a great ride…
It will be heavy ground at Ayr tomorrow and I hope that the rain that is battering down will not jeopardise the meeting. We have five runners.
Grand Morning is a big Midnight Legend who is taking time to mature. He runs in the two mile maiden hurdle and should be strong enough for this trip.
Miss Tiggy is a stayer but she has already won over two miles and the heavy ground will blunt…
We have had a good few days racing and some heartwarming performances.
At Warwick Imjoeking ran a super race to be second, just failing to reel in the strong traveling leader. Joe loves the Aintree fences and we will aim him at the Topham again in the spring, but he may run again before then.
Big River made a few novice mistakes including trying to bank the open ditch, however,…
Not our finest day at Catterick yesterday with both horses, Vengeur De Guye and It'stimeforapint making mistakes then struggling with the sharp track. Both are better than this and we will have them back racing after being checked over and some more jumping.
We had a morning schooling today with some of the weekend runners and a few of the young horses, today's photograph is of one of hte…
At last, we are able to go racing again having had a few false starts, and the excitement of planning, entering and declaring runners is back. We have Catterick tomorrow and are then planning for racing at Warwick, Wetherby, and Kelso over the weekend before two days at Ayr, as long as the weather stays calm.
At Catterick tomorrow we have two runners; Vengeur De Guye and It'stimeforapint.
Freezing again this morning but the gallops were workable and each horse had some time cantering to warm up. Pictured are Well Above Par, leading Newtown Lad, Make It Happen, Jump For Dough, Simone and Hey Listen.
We had lots of lovely visitors: Anne and Andrew Crawford came to see Catchthemoonlight, Well Above Par and Jump For Dough, while Debs Thomson was up to see Big River, Alizee De…
It looks like a bit of a boring weekend for us with racing tomorrow at Newcastle off, and even the point to point at Alnwick canceled. However, there is more racing coming up and we have a number of horses winding up for the meetings in the next few weeks.
Yesterday morning we schooled our new French recruit Bialco. A stunning grey by Dom Alco he won a chase last March at Nantes and has…
We had a super day at Musselburgh with a double from The Road Home and Jump For Dough and some really good placed efforts too.
The Road Home had disappointed on his hurdles debut at Wetherby, but like Thorpe did on Monday, he appreciated the better ground today and given a well judged front running ride by Derek he sprinted clear after the last. We are especially pleased for Mark and Susie…