More rain as August seems to have mistaken itself for October, but our horses are thriving and we are enjoying preparing the autumn and winter horses despite the necessity for waterproofs.
At Kilduff we are filtering through the early season horses as in batches they school over hurdles and fences and work on the grass gallops. The bread and butter work is carried out at Arlary but these…
The British Horse Society, Scotland, is hosting our annual Open Day on Saturday 31st August.
In aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and the BHS the day will give an opportunity to see around the yard, to meet the horses and staff and this year to watch the horses schooling on our new carpet gallop before a parade of a dozen horses to look out for this autumn and winter.
There will also…
August is always an exciting month as the pre trainers increase their work and start schooling in readiness for soft ground in the autumn.
With monsoon rain over the past week we have been able to both gallop and school on the grass, a good few weeks earlier than normal. Many of the horses are quite far forward and we should have a few new start runners at Perth and Cartmel over the next…
Well Above is a winning and placed chaser, rated 117 who has plenty of scope to progress further. He won easily at Hexham last December gaining an RPR of 127 then was second a week later running to the same level despite a welterweight. He is best on soft and heavy ground; conditions that were rare last winter, and he has returned from his summer break looking fabulous.
It was a day of diminishing margins at Bangor today; Chanceiton running one of his best hurdle races to be second by a head, and Royal Reserve returning to form, thundering down the run in to be third by half a length.
Chanceiton had gone up in the ratings over hurdles after his chase runs and I had argued that it was too much only to have him dropped a pound. How I wish I had managed to…
Just one runner at Perth tomorrow with Gripper looking to make amends for a below par run last time. He has had a great few weeks since that run showing some improved pieces of work, and while this is a novice hurdle rather than a handicap, he should run a better race.
Our form man Paul McIvor was here last week and we have been discussing more ways to increase owner communication. As well…
The pre-training continues and the majority of the winter horses have completed four weeks of trotting and steady cantering. The next month sees the mileage cut down and the speed increased as we head towards races in September.
We have a couple who are further forward including the ex-French Signifiant who will run for a new group of owners a couple of whom, Kat, John and George, were…
No racing this week but some good progress with the horses' fitness levels as most have completed three weeks pre training and are ready for more stamina work and cantering.
We continue to add to our facilities and this week we had a vibrating floor installed at Arlary. An aid to boost circulation, and used in recovery and to boost well being the vibrations are cyclical, horizontal and vertical.…
Boys On Tour loves Perth and this season has consistently posted improving runs round there. This afternoon, given a confident ride by Stephen he powered away two from home to win for the third time. When in good form he can be relied upon to run to his best and if he is fresh after this win he may look at another similar contest in a couple of weeks.
Bialco tried hard to take on the eventual…
A busy week with horses working hard on their pretraining, covering the miles in both trot and steady canter; each horse has its own pre raining program with a mix of the different surfaces that they will train on, and a tailored program on the water treadmill depending on which muscles they need to build.
On Tuesday Scu and I had a brief trip to France, and although we did not buy the horse…