Storms Filming And Pre Musselburgh


A week of stormy weather but some great work at home and a time to get the team assembled for some racing this weekend. The Kelso runners have had time to recover from their races including sessions on the water treadmill and under the heat lamps, and those due to run have been schooling and having pre race exercise to have them ready for their runs.

We were joined on Tuesday by Deli Innes and the film team from Thorough Vision who were here to make a promotional film for the Scottish Racing Academy which is soon to be launched to provide training for the racing industry; more information on their website HERE 

It was not wonderful weather for the filming but there will be plenty of atmosphere and it was great to have many of our members of staff interviewed to highlight the many different roles available in racing, not just being a jockey.

The jockeys have been working extra hard and despite the storms, the horses continue to be worked and schooled; indeed the schooling grounds are in great shape and the Easy fix and tyre fences are used most days.

We ran Ballyare on the flat this afternoon over seven furlongs, a trip that will suit him in the future, but maybe he is better at shorter for now. He goes to the Goffs Sales next week, but we would be delighted to keep him in training here if anyone would like a tough and hardy flat horse who will be even better on turf this summer. He would be ideal for Hamilton and Musselburgh and should keep improving.

Tomorrow we have two novice chasers at Musselburgh; Emirat De Catana and Izzy's Champion.

Emirat is slowly getting his nerve back after a fall at Kelso but he looked happier last time and we think that he has a strong each-way chance tomorrow.

Izzy's Champion has had a soft palate cautery since his last run and he worked well on the grass last week. If he can emulate his chase debut he will be very competitive.


Comments (1)

  • John McSharry

    If only! The cost of purchasing Ballyare and the training fees is beyond my financial means. Yet another opportunity gets kicked into the long grass. I hope he stays with you though after his visit to Goffs. I will be watching this space closely, with all the forensic scrutiny of an Andrew Neil interview. Deep down is the fear of being ashen faced, resembling a politician after a full scale working over from Andrew Neil, given, that is, Ballyare is off to pastures new. I agree with everything you have said about him.

    Ever the romantic dreamer, well sort of, I have no problem about Hamilton Park and Musselburgh. Let me throw into the mix though, a certain wee place called Down Royal and the 2020 Value Cabs Handicap over 7f for 3yos and upwards, live (not sure at the moment) on BBC2 Northern Ireland, channel 972 on Sky. Now, isn't that a coincidence!

    The race itself is for horses rated 45-65, which means that on 67, Ballyare, needs a tad of respite from the handicapper. That is likely after Newcastle, a tapeta surface which results in too many slow run races, a factor which did not help him to get home, judging by the fact he took a bit of a grip early doors. At wee Down Royal, they go like the clappers. That suits me fine. Still the romantic (well sort of), I have a number of entries on my racing bucket list. One of these is Lucinda Russell, training the winner of a Welsh Grand National, live from Chepstow on BBC Television. Not promising, as it appears likely a new contract with ITV beckons. The BBC were not even asked to formulate a bid for racing this time round, not withstanding there is a few bob in the coffers to spend for at least 20 days of racing on BBC, following the corporation losing live coverage of the US Masters Golf to Sky Sports, with only highlights available. I will take the Welsh Grand National on ITV though as a worthy consolation. With only one day of racing,( hopefully,) on the BBC (scand~a~lous!!!!) another on the bucket list is Lucinda Russell, training a winner on BBC Television. Unless you know better, I cannot remember you Lucinda ever training a winner on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, BBC News, BBC Parliament, Children's BBC, CBeebies (no juvenile 3yo hurdler here!) BBC Alba and the BBC Red Button (no winner here and no racing results or anything else as from 30th January 2020. The BBC and myself are not on the same page on this. For racing, it is page 660, a grand tradition and one which should be retained, especially for young at heart viewers, not savvy with computers, smartphones and the like. It is called Public Service Broadcasting.) Options are therefore limited at wee little Down Royal. We have the Value Cabs Handicap, (ever the romantic this year, well sort of) the Ulster Derby,(maybe not this year) the Ulster Oaks (not in any year) and a recording of a two year old race(it might have, had it been last year).

    Ever the romantic (you bet I am) lets have a winner at the Cheltenham Festival with Big River and an interview with Gina Bryce on BBC Radio 5 Live and for good measure, it is very possible it could be "Two" for Arthur in the 2020 Randox Health Grand National, followed by an interview with Cornelius Lysaght in his last Grand National for BBC Radio. I think the BBC have made the wrong call on that one. I am not convinced Tiger Roll truly stays 4 and a bit miles, hence connections are swayed towards a crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in what is an open year, with no outstanding candidate among the entries. That can be said for all the Championship races, which suggests a real teaser for the punters.

    Ever the romantic,(back to being sort of) I have just visited the long grass to create a little bit room for other things which I shall have to kick into the long grass. Lo and behold, I find this....Go Get em Lucinda!!! Ever the cheesy (you bet I am).

    Jan 17, 2020 @ 2:42am

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