Some solid runs over the past few days, not least from the novice chaser Speak Of The Devil who was second over three miles three furlongs, showing all the attributes of a young staying chaser. At seventeen hands Devil is still maturing but has shown a super attitude, and while he needs to sharpen his jumping, he is finishing his races off well and cannot be far from his first win.
Three at Newcastle today on soft ground that may dry a little.
Emissaire is back over hurdles after a couple of unseats and this is very much a confidence boosting exercise. He is on a handy mark though, and one that he can be competitive from. Thomas will ride after Blair was stood down yesterday with concussion.
Le Frank was outpaced last time and I think that the softer ground…
Vengeur De Guye ran a solid race at Haydock this afternoon, once again travelling well in the race and jumping accurately but looking as if he is poorly handicapped at this stage in his career. He enjoyed the challenge though and we may mix hurdles and chases going forward.
We have four at Ayr tomorrow on ground that is forecasted to be heavy and the track has placed frost sheets on take…
Izzy's Champion won nicely at Musselburgh this afternoon, and despite still being a little babyish over his fences he travelled well into the race and galloped away after the last to register his first win. Still learning, he is one of our best work horses so hopefully he will progress further on the race track with time. He is owned by Margaret and Paul Winnell from the Isle Of Man and is named…
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…
Big River put his jumping issues behind him today and given a tactical waiting ride by Derek he galloped away with the three mile handicap chase at Kelso. A horse with huge talent he has been a focus for the team these past few weeks and their work has paid off; he will now aim for the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
It was a satisfying afternoon for his owners The Two Black Labs…
A soaking wet Saturday but one which made the wet waterproofs worthwhile with some excellent work from a couple of the youngsters and some solid work on the grass gallops.
The grass is great at the moment and although there are puddles the old turf at Kilduff takes the water well and we worked six this morning over a mile and six furlongs; Izzy's Champion and Calle Malva, Shanroe Street…
Aurora Thunder was a brave second at a very wet Ayr, showing the wonderful battling and determined attitude that we love her for. Leading the field she tried to quicken away from her field but was reeled in by a nice type from Gordon Elliott. She deserves to win again and will likely step up to three miles next time.
Dr Hooves jumped well on his chase debut and just lacked recent match practice.…
A bit of a nearly day at Newcastle; Celtic flames ran a solid race to be fifth but would have been happier with coming from behind in a quicker run race. he is running consistently though and may be back over fences soon.
Looks Like Murt was running a fine race until stumbling and falling at the last in the back straight. A youngster with plenty of ability and enthusiasm he lacks racing…
Another good day racing with a deserved double for the team.
Order Of Thistle has run to a good level over two miles and stepping up to three miles at this sharp track really suited him. Given a peach of a patient ride by Blair he hurdled efficiently and led in the home straight just keeping a game challenger at bay. With this win under his belt he should go on in both novices and handicaps.…