At last, the weather seems to be relenting and we can get back to the main aim of racing horses, with two meetings at Musselburgh tomorrow and Thursday and a Kelso and Doncaster this weekend.
Our Wednesday Musselburgh runners start with two in the three mile hurdle; Island Heights making his awaited comeback from over a year off and Emirat De Cantana. Island Heights has run some cracking…
We had some excellent runs at Musselburgh where the ground ended up holding and soft, and there were some pretty wintery conditions during racing.
Lucky Flight confirmed that he is a bright prospect when second in his first handicap, and just third time over hurdles, jumping swiftly and despite the worsening conditions he battled well in front until passed. He should progress from this run…
A better run from Emissaire who was so unfortunate to be cannoned into by a faller beside him, stopping him in his tracks and relegating him five lengths behind the field. He tried to stay on and while a short head fourth, he was then promoted to third after the winner was disqualified. He is going the right way.
At Musselburgh tomorrow we have six runners taking advantage of the meeting…
It was desperate to watch One For Arthur yesterday at Haydock as he made heavy weather of his race, not traveling well and we were despondent in the unsaddling enclosure, despite seeing Arthur trot up sound.
Thankfully Jaimie asked the vets to check him and he was found to be in atrial fibrillation with an irregular heartbeat. This would explain his running; not able to gallop with any…
It is an important day for us tomorrow as One For Arthur has his prep race for the Grand National in the Haydock Unibet Grand National Trial. A race that is dear to us having won it twice with Silver By Nature and once with Lie Forrit, both outstanding staying chasers for us.
Arthur has been well at home and the whole team have worked hard on him, despite the weather. With Storm Dennis due…
Pretty routine February weather for us with snow, sleet and ice, but some lovely sun in between to promise that spring is ahead. Monday was particularly dire, but the atmosphere here is fabulous and there was a great buzz about the yard as we worked the horses, including schooling fifteen on the carpet circle. We are well used to bad weather up here, and have plenty of systems in place to keep the…
We have had a couple of good efforts in defeat from our runners over the past few days including Haul Us In who was fourth at Carlisle gaining more experience but finding it tough against handicappers rather than novices. Mint Gold was sixth and will be better on faster ground, while Vengeur De Guye looked as if he will be happier back over fences. At Bangor today Misfits was fifth looking a bit…
Dr Hooves won his novice chase at Musselburgh this afternoon for Gerry McGladery and his family. Stepping up to three miles Doc loved the ground and stayed on to win his first race. An athletic type he should be able to build on this win and should be a handy chaser for the spring.
In the same race Exit To Where tried hard, and rallied towards the end despite being headed. Things are beginning…
A super run from Blooriedotcom to be second in the two mile handicap hurdle at Musselburgh, just lacking a little fluency at a few hurdles but again staying on at the finish in a determined fashion.
Our other two runners also ran with credit; Gemologist showed that the wind operation has had a good effect as she galloped to the line, while Vino's Choice contained his enthusiasm enough to…
A busy Friday as we prepare horses for the weekend and do some good pieces with those who race in February.
At Kilduff we welcomed two of the One Team One Dream team who came to watch their five year old Kayf Tara gelding, Max Appeal work on the grass; he worked alongside fellow five year old Bollingerandkrug and the lead horse Miss Batten. The two youngsters galloped away from Miss Batten…