We have a policy of buying two year olds to produce as three year olds and this year's batch look very exciting.
Having had a full year of pre-training we have grouped four youngsters who are showing all the signs of being decent racehorses. Our pre-training includes lots of trotting, cantering and steady work, then some jumping and sprinting to condition and educate. We have found that…
The horses have been running better and Emirat De Cantana's win on Wednesday night illustrated their return to form.
A green youngster he has taken a few runs, first in Irish point to points then over hurdles, to get the idea and to strengthen. Stepped up to three miles he travelled sweety and won by a length to the delight of the British Racing Club members. His handicap mark had looked…
Mondays are always days of assessment and planning and in mid-May with just thirty horses in work, today had a different emphasis. Pictured coming in from the first lot are Sky Khan, Boys On Tour, Prince Dundee and just hidden Royal Reserve, with Jamie following them.
Jamie still trots up all of the horses and we talk through their racing plans and work plans for the week ahead. But we are…
We have had runners at both Hexham and Kelso and some good runs amongst them.
Gemologist was unlucky to bump into the bumper winner Dollys Dot in her mares novice hurdle and while she tried hard from the front she was tapped for toe on the run in. Her second place illuminates what a consistent mare she is, and she fully deserves to win soon. In the same race Refer To Rory ran well on her…
A satisfactory day at Ayr with the youngsters Blooriedotcom and Aurora Thunder coming fourth and fifth over hurdles and Miss Batten showing that she will be more suited to longer distances and fences in time.
I was most impressed by Bloorie and Aurora Thunder as both jumped well for a first time despite a green mistake each. They will be lovely hurdlers with more experience.
Off to Ayr tomorrow and three nice young horses.
In the maiden hurdle, we run two hurdle debutantes, ex flat winner Blooriedotcom and the bumper mare Aurora Thunder. Bloorie is a very professional four year old who has loved his jumping from the first day. If he can run to his flat form, including a win at Haydock over one mile six furlongs, he could be competitive.
As part of our ambitious plan to continue to move forward we have assembled a team to oversee our bloodstock purchases.
Behind the scenes we have our form man, Paul McIvor, who helps us to assess horses who have already run, rating their form and looking for improvers and those who would be suited by jumping and our way of training. He is a huge help at horses in training sales and in helping…
Dr Hooves has been given plenty of time and he still showed a little inexperience in his novice hurdle at Hexham this evening. Having some room for improvement in his hurdling he stuck to his task in the home straight to regain second. He will be a super horse when he is sharper but whatever he showed a good attitude at the end of the race.
Exit To Where backed up his second placing to be…
Lucky Flight, pictured, found it all a bit overwhelming at Punchestown in the bumper. Keen early he was given a sensible ride by Luke Murphy, and, given time to get into his stride, he started to travel nicely at half way. In the final three furlongs however the early exertions took their toll and he was eased when beaten. Lucky Flight has lots of ability and he will have learned a lot from today.…
The water treadmill has been a big investment for the yard but it showed its worth yesterday when Bialco ran a big race at Punchestown to be sixth in the three mile handicap hurdle.
A horse with masses of talent but a fragile body the care and time taken with Bialco by Ute and Carey has been rewarded with a supple and sound athlete who rallied strongly up the testing Punchestown home straight.…