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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…


End Of An Era And Pre Hexham

It was the end of an era today when Badger Foot left for his new permanent loan home with Rachael Maclean. Badger won thirteen times a mix of chases and point to points often giving his jockeys their first ride under rules. He was usually the horse our employees rode in their interviews, he would be the first that they would school and normally the first that they would ride in races. His roll of…


Non Runners And Sales Dates

A bit of a non starter day at Kelso as we took out all three runners due to the fast ground. Kelso had watered their track and while it would have been fine for true good ground horses I did not feel that it would suit any of our three runners; it is always sad to take horses out of races, but we have to treat each horse as an individual and their welfare is paramount.

We had a good day…


Travels And Pre Kelso

With the horses in training sales coming up Scu and I were in Ireland last weekend to watch a couple of point to points and to assess the form of them. We find it invaluable to see the quality of the horses in the parade ring before the race and to gauge how competitive the race is going to be. Undoubtedly with the prices of race winners getting higher it is paying to look at the placed horses as…