It was desperate to watch One For Arthur yesterday at Haydock as he made heavy weather of his race, not traveling well and we were despondent in the unsaddling enclosure, despite seeing Arthur trot up sound.
Thankfully Jaimie asked the vets to check him and he was found to be in atrial fibrillation with an irregular heartbeat. This would explain his running; not able to gallop with any…
It is an important day for us tomorrow as One For Arthur has his prep race for the Grand National in the Haydock Unibet Grand National Trial. A race that is dear to us having won it twice with Silver By Nature and once with Lie Forrit, both outstanding staying chasers for us.
Arthur has been well at home and the whole team have worked hard on him, despite the weather. With Storm Dennis due…
Pretty routine February weather for us with snow, sleet and ice, but some lovely sun in between to promise that spring is ahead. Monday was particularly dire, but the atmosphere here is fabulous and there was a great buzz about the yard as we worked the horses, including schooling fifteen on the carpet circle. We are well used to bad weather up here, and have plenty of systems in place to keep the…
We have had a couple of good efforts in defeat from our runners over the past few days including Haul Us In who was fourth at Carlisle gaining more experience but finding it tough against handicappers rather than novices. Mint Gold was sixth and will be better on faster ground, while Vengeur De Guye looked as if he will be happier back over fences. At Bangor today Misfits was fifth looking a bit…
Dr Hooves won his novice chase at Musselburgh this afternoon for Gerry McGladery and his family. Stepping up to three miles Doc loved the ground and stayed on to win his first race. An athletic type he should be able to build on this win and should be a handy chaser for the spring.
In the same race Exit To Where tried hard, and rallied towards the end despite being headed. Things are beginning…
A super run from Blooriedotcom to be second in the two mile handicap hurdle at Musselburgh, just lacking a little fluency at a few hurdles but again staying on at the finish in a determined fashion.
Our other two runners also ran with credit; Gemologist showed that the wind operation has had a good effect as she galloped to the line, while Vino's Choice contained his enthusiasm enough to…
A busy Friday as we prepare horses for the weekend and do some good pieces with those who race in February.
At Kilduff we welcomed two of the One Team One Dream team who came to watch their five year old Kayf Tara gelding, Max Appeal work on the grass; he worked alongside fellow five year old Bollingerandkrug and the lead horse Miss Batten. The two youngsters galloped away from Miss Batten…
We have covered the miles with our runners over the past few days and had some pleasing runs and a couple of near misses.
At Kelso the chasers Celtic Flames and The Road Home were both third; Celtic jumping a little to his right and lacking a some fluency over his fences. This will improve with more match practice and he could be happier going right handed at Perth in the spring.
An active Sunday morning with some warming cantering for next weeks runners and a piece of work at Arlary for Grand Morning and Magnum; Grand Morning heads to Sandown next week rather than Kelso tomorrow so we needed to give him a nice bit to prepare him for then.
We have a bumper nine runners at Kelso tomorrow, a couple on the comeback trail and one who loves Kelso.
In the maiden…
Haul Us In seems to have improved for her year off as she powered away to win the mares novice handicap chase at Uttoxeter this afternoon. On her favoured heavy ground, she showed the efficacy of the schooling here at home and as she jumped competently under a measured ride from Stephen. It was a super win for Karenina and Julian Morrison Bell and Haul Us In's fifth win under rules. If she continues…