The Banastoir ran a solid race to be second at Perth on Sunday; in a muddling race Blair made a bold move coming out of the back straight but was just run down after the last. Still, this was a return to form for The Banastoir who has had his issues at home and on the track. He should be able to build on this run. Mark and Blair are pictured in the winners enclosure.
At home the woodchip…
Trotting trotting and more trotting... In the old days we would do four weeks on the roads but with the dry weather we are able to use the grass fields which not only is kinder on the legs, but has the advantage of having hills and varying terrain to condition the horses. We are adding in some cantering for those on weeks three and four and all of the pre training work is done with bungees or draw…
The glorious weather continues but for those horses that we have ready to race it is of no advantage. The ground at Perth, while well watered did not suit our good ground horses and with both Alizee De Janeiro and Hey Listen pulling up after they lost their action we did not run Mint Gold. I cannot see us having many more runners until the ground eases.
We have plenty to occupy ourselves,…
The Perth racecourse team have been hard at work watering the track and hopefully they will produce good safe ground for us tomorrow. It is tricky in the current heatwave conditions but they are doing their best for us.
We have three runners.
Alizee De Janeiro could not run at Cartmel due to a bruise but she is sound and well now and while this is a hotter race she should run with…
There were plenty of good looking two year old store horses on show at Arqana today and we are pleased to have three returning to Arlary.
The pictured chestnut is by Kapgarde, sire of Clan Des Obeaux and Garde La Victoire and is out of a half sister to the Listed jumps mare Ambroise. He moves really well, covering the ground and reminds me of our Tap Night.
Walk In The Park has…
We just had the one runner this week when Boys On Tour went to Cartmel on Friday. Prominent until making a mistake at the last he was eased when beaten and may be suited by a more conventional track.
At home most of the winter horses are back in; trotting and water treadmill work is the order of the day and the good weather makes the work all the more pleasant.
Oli is leaving us…
We were delighted with Arizona Bound's third place at Southwell this afternoon. At a track that could be on the sharp side he jumped really well for a second time chaser in handicap company and should improve again from here.
At home the three year olds are coming on and Derek and the boys have them trotting and cantering in a string in the school following the ever faithful Kez. Pictured…
The Compeller has caused his owners and trainer some anxious moments, not least when he fell at the first last time out at Cartmel, but today at Perth he rewarded them with a gutsy win in the two mile handicap hurdle. Stepping up in class he was produced by Derek to perfection and won fending off a fast finishing second horse. His owners, WMD Racing are pictured with their winning trophy.
Gradually we are heading towards having a full yard again and while the painting and yard repairs continue so the number of horses in work steadily rises. Back in training this week are a couple of lovely four year olds; Flutter Down and Slainte Mhor, and two older horses who were injured last year; Final Assault and Kilbree Chief. Derek's breaking in is going well and the youngsters are trotting…
Our day in Sweden started flatly as Bialco was not right and we had to withdraw him before his race. It was sad for all of his connections but as his owner, Morton Buscop kept saying the horse must come first. Bialco will run a few times in France and Scandinavia for the next few months before returning to Scotland for the winter ground.
At Hexham our hopes of a win for Sky Khan were dashed…