Pre Aintree News Catch Up

Having had plenty of racing there has been a lull over the past few days which has given the yard some time to focus on runners for the rest of the month. 

Obviously, we are working hard to prime One For Arthur for the National, but we have other Aintree entries and plenty due to run next week too.

Forest Des Aigles and Voix D'Eau are both aimed at the Topham Chase, over two and a half miles around the National fences. They both jumped round last autumn and have been aimed for this race since then. Forest would prefer lots of cut in the ground and really impressed with his last run at Ayr when a good second over just two miles. Voix D'Eau is a good ground horse, he found things a bit sharp at Cheltenham last month but has lots of scope and could run a big race at a big price.

We have a couple who may struggle to get in to their races but have been showing at home that they are worthy of their places. Aurora Thunder steadily improved in bumpers this season and she has taken another step forward recently. She has an entry in the mares bumper on Thursday. Sky Khan and Royal Reserve are in the 2m4f and 2m handicap hurdles respectively, and both horses look to be well suited to big fields. They have other alternatives if they do not make the cut.

One For Arthur is continuing on his upward curve that started two weeks ago. His weight is back 538kg which is the same as this stage in 2017 and he enjoyed a day at the farm this morning, cantering around the fields. The team here are very happy with him and we are looking forward to taking him back to Aintree on Friday evening ready for his race on Saturday. See the video on the home page.

There are three other festivals in the next month: the Ayr Scottish National meeting, Perth and Punchestown and we aim to have runners at all three. 

In preparation for their hurdle debuts both Gripper and Blooriedotcom had a morning jumping in the school with Gregor. Jumping down a line of three fences they are learning how to be quick on their feet and to stretch over the fences. Also jumping were Katalystic, Buddha Scheme and Argentix. Katalystic's owners, Ronnie and Loraine Young were in to watch him and Loraine is pictured giving Kat a well earned pat.


Comments (6)

  • yvonne Learmonth

    Wishing the Team all the luck in the world for Arthur in the National, I will be watching and thinking of you all with fingers crossed. Thank you for a wonderful TVC morning last Saturday


    Apr 03, 2019 @ 10:22am
  • Jim Quigley

    Best Wishes for Arthur in the Grand National. He is a special horse to me so please come home safe and sound.

    Apr 04, 2019 @ 10:50pm
  • colin cheater

    I am very sorry to see Forest Des Aigles break down like that and my thoughts are with all that is connected with this horse, what a shame as he was looking to be enjoying himself, as I mentioned very sorry, even for my good self felt the pain.

    Apr 05, 2019 @ 5:33pm
  • Rod MacLeod

    Just heard the news on Forest Des Aigles gutted for all concerned. Darn racing can be so cruel at times

    Apr 06, 2019 @ 12:07am
  • Clark Beveridge

    My sincere condolences to all at the yard aftter the terrible incident with Forest des Agles yesterday. You've all suffered too much recently with some terrible bad luck.
    Thoughts are with you all.
    Good luck and a safe journey to One For Arthur today. X

    Apr 06, 2019 @ 7:11am
  • colin cheater

    Ran a blinder to finish in sixth place, a great achievement for a horse that has not really ran this season, with a good run under his belt, he would of been more of a threat, still brilliant to finish so close, he makes ground up well, next season may stop Tiger Roll getting a third.

    Apr 06, 2019 @ 7:17pm

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