It feels wintery today with cooler temperatures and grey skies. However, things are as upbeat as ever on the yards as we continue preparing the horses for their upcoming races.
El is taking a break from clipping and driving to Bangor with Steve, Caboy and Haul Us in. In search of soft and heavy ground and appropriate races, the drive is straightforward and the horses were settled in their…
Mint Gold and Celtic Flames both won for the second time this season at Musselburgh this afternoon.
Mint is developing into a progressive novice two mile chaser and his jumping was spot on today. A tough mental attitude and desire to win has made him into a decent novice chaser for Susie and Mark Russell and he was given an excellent positive ride by Derek. He will have to step up in class…
An easy Sunday on the yards getting horses ready for racing at Musselburgh tomorrow and setting the yard for another week.
Yesterday Sutton Manor was running a fabulous race at Haydock, finding the combination of heavy ground, fences, and the long distance pace ideal, and had jumped his way to the front when sadly falling. He is none the worse and his owners, jockey, trainer, and everyone…
Mighty Thunder, pictured, has all that we love in our chasers; stamina, an easy jumping technique, and determination to win. He followed up his debut win with another perfect round of jumping under a confident ride from Blair. An intelligent horse who is now relaxed through his races, Mighty will now have to step up in class, but it is a deserved step. His stable companion Grand Morning pleased…
Constant rain today but lots of effective work including some work on the grass with Blaydon and A Ladies Milan and a bunch of horses from Kilduff working on the woodchip at Arlary.
It is desperate to think of a second lockdown for our friends in the hospitality trade, and those who are restricted in their day to day living, and we feel privileged to be able to continue our work preparing…
Calle Malva allayed her trainer's fears that she would not handle good ground by running out a convincing winner of the mares chase at Newcastle. Jumping boldly although a little to the right, she stayed on strongly after the last. Her owners, Carron and Bruce Wymer and my father have had a good few days with their mares, Calle and Without Conviction, and both should continue to progress.
Scu and I were at the Goffs Yorton Sales today, sifting through the form horses to find new additions for the team. We selected two and are delighted to offer them for sale.
Ahoy Senor, pictured, is a strong chasing type who ran out an easy winner of his British point to point last week. He is the first GB point winner that we have bought, but came highly recommended by a wise man, Carl…
Aurora Thunder ran out a brave and gallant winner of the mares handicap hurdle at Ayr on Wednesday, skipping over the hurdles and galloping to the line under Blair. Her win is all the sweeter as she had a few hurdling issues at the start of the autumn but she is back in the groove and should continue to win for Colin and Nicola and Allson Sparkle.
We were delighted with our other mare, Without…
We have had some good placed efforts at Hexham and Kelso.
At Hexham our hurling debutante Westend Lady ran a super race to be third to the highly thought of Rayna's World and Stainsby Girl, looking dangerous up the hill and on the run in. She has a lot more to learn about racing, but her hurdling and attitude for the first time were exemplary and she should go very close next time with…
With mixed emotions, The Two Golf Widows and Lucinda Russell Racing announce that One For Arthur, the 2017 Randox Health Grand National winner has been retired; we have decided to call time on the racing career of our much loved warrior.
We are immensely grateful for what Arthur has done for us and the journey that he has taken us on. It was a huge privilege to win the National for Scotland…