Celtic Flames looked to be well placed in his race until encountering trouble four from home as he was starting to make a move. A slow jump at the last did not help matters and his sixth placing will be improved on. He will also school over fences to give us another option.
There was lots of schooling this morning before Derek and Blair left for the races; over fences were Big River, Devito'sgoldengirl…
A busy work morning for the yard, and a good feeling of the intensity of the galloping being increased. We missed Derek and Stephen as they were at Wetherby at a jockeys conference, but we had excellent news that Derek has passed his concussion test taken yesterday and is able to ride again.
At Kilduff Champagnendiamonds, Deepsand and Argentix all sprinted four times up the woodchip, with…
The high winds were not too bad, and other than one wing down, and the long grass looking as if it had been combed flat, there was little evidence of storms this morning. It was still quite blowy but nothing bad, and the field horses were delighted to be turned out again after breakfast.
We had a busy morning of visitors. John Murray and Lynne and Angus Maclennan came to see Newtown Lad…
It has been an odd day weatherwise, and although we did not get as bad storms as forecast, it looks ominous for tonight.
Today's photograph is the yard at lunchtime today; it was so dark that it was like a winter's evening, although warm and very still. It eventually brightened again, but we still took the precaution of bringing all the horses in from the fields this afternoon with high…
We had two seconds at Hexham, from two very different styles of running.
Saint Freule is a very decent type but he needs to settle and having wound himself up at the start he shot off down the Hexham hill. He only settled passing the winning post first time around, after which his hurdling got better. However, he paid for his early enthusiasm in the closing stages, vainly trying to rally…
Another wet morning, but there were a lot of positives from the schooling at Kilduff. Sammy B jumped the chase fences really well alongside Ballycool, and Green Flag showed his enthusiasm of younger days when bounding up over the open ditches. Island Heights had a visor on for the first time and was much slicker, while Star Of Milan continues to improve, and Miss Tiggy jumped straighter than before;…
A pretty wet morning and time for the waterproofs to come out. The rain was at its worst in the morning, which was a pity as John Grossick was in to take photographs for the Racing Post. There will be some sodden images in our Stable Tour this year.
However, the latent enthusiasm remains; we worked a full three lots at Arlary and there was some excellent work from Sammy B, Run Rocky Run,…
We have had plenty of additions to the staff recently some of whom have slipped through the net for the website news page.
At Kilduff we have added four members of staff: second head lad Carey Williams brings a lifetime of experience. He worked originally for Scu's father Michael before a globetrotting career in racing including preparing yearlings and training flat horses in Norway, Germany…
We had a couple run with promise at Kelso and although there were no winners we have a few improving types.
Superior Command ran a much better race on debut than usual looking outpaced but staying on strongly over two miles in a tight handicap. Although fourth he was just over a length from the winner and back on a right handed track such as Musselburgh he could be back in the winner's spot.…
We set off to Kelso tomorrow with five runners, all over hurdles and including some promising novices.
Superior Command is a good two mile hurdler on his day, and he seems to be in great form at home. He is trimmer than this time last season and while he can jump right, he has won round Kelso in the past. A solid run to set him up for the season would be great, especially as he will have…