The Arqana Summer Sale is held over two days and we were there to buy two year old stores on Tuesday and ex flat horses to make juvenile hurdlers on the Wednesday.
Travelling over to Deauville, Paul, Scu and I spent the whole of Monday viewing every two year old, compiling a short list of thirty. On Tuesday morning we narrowed it down to just five, and were very pleased to purchase three…
Chanceiton won over fences for the first time when galloping away from his field after the last fence at Hexham this afternoon. Given a confident ride by Thomas Willmott he relished the stamina test to gain his first win over fences. It is special to train a winner for my father and he was delighted that it was ridden by one of our young jockeys. Dad has always supported the junior jockeys and asks…
Blooriedotcom and Prince Dundee ran super races to both be second at Hexham, while Sky Khan was a close up sixth and naughty Make It Happen decided not to race.
Bloorie, pictured, has always impressed his riders with his attitude and way of going, but for his first few runs over hurdles, he has been keen and messy at his jumps. Today, with a hood added and given a cool ride by Derek, he…
Despite it being a downtime for jumps racing the yard continues to be a hive of activity. With a mixture of some horses in training and some pre trainers on their trotting weeks we still have twenty five horses in work and plenty of things for the team to get on with.
Our Goffs store sale purchase, Thunder In Milan was broken in by Stephen then had a few weeks on the carpet gallop, jumping…
Bialco's win at Perth was well deserved as, having set a good pace in the novice hurdle, he stayed on determinedly to fend off the odds on favourite. It was a landmark win for jockey Blair Campbell as he now has his claim reduced to three pounds. Congratulations to The Vikings, Morten and Carsten who have a brave consistent hurdler on their hands; Bialco, pictured, may now head to Galway at the…
The rain certainly arrived for Miss Batten at Uttoxeter and she ran an improved race to be third in her first novice chase. Her jumping was a highlight and for a five year old leading the way she showed courage and ability. She was outpaced on the home turn, but rallied at the second last just to be outstayed after the last. She will have learned plenty and should improve again for the experience.
A mixed couple of days with a poor run from Dr Hooves at Hexham last Saturday where he slowed quickly before the hill, and will be fully checked over as this is not his running. We also came home empty handed from Ireland, but it was good to see the point to points and we have a few horses to follow into the autumn.
On the upside the horses at home are thriving; those in training are loving…
The Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales had a wide variety of form horses and point to pointers and there was good value to be had. With the help of agent Paul McIvor we had a list of thirty who had attractive form to look at which we whittled down to fourteen after first inspection. We then re examined them including their joints, tendons and ligaments, resulting in a final list of three to bid on.
We are delighted with our new Carpetgallop gallop which has been swiftly constructed by John Dewar using Mark Gilbert's carpet surface. As an additional facility for routine canters and schooling it should benefit all of the horses. Dr Hooves and Stephen were the first to school on it today, pictured.
The Goffs Uk horses have settled in and Stephen sat on the three year old Thunder In Milan…
The horses are running consistently well but just missing out on the pole position, however, the recent runs have shown that there should be some wins around the corner.
Voix D'Eau seemed to enjoy the quirky Cartmel track today, well positioned throughout and just failing to catch the winner who asserted early on. This was an improved run, and given faster ground he should be very competitive…