It is always good to get back home and even better to see our remaining horses in training looking so fit and well thanks to everyone's hard work. We only have a dozen or so in work having turned out the three and two year olds, but those still in work are in fine form.
Prince Dundee ran a solid race at Hexham on Tuesday but we were disappointed that four fences on each circuit were taken…
It was a full on four days at Doncaster for the Goffs UK bloodstock sales, but we are very pleased with our four purchases.
On Monday Colin and Nicola Drysdale, Scu and I spent the day looking at forty horses on Colin and Nicola's list of potential store purchases. By the end of the day, we had narrowed it down to seven top lots and nine to see again. Tuesday morning we looked at the sixteen…
Boys On Tour found it all a bit much at Market Rasen and having lost his position in the final mile could not quicken with the leaders. Stephen wisely pulled him up when his chance had gone. This was below expectation from our consistent type so we will check him over thoroughly before making his next plans.
We have just the one runner at Hexham tomorrow evening when Prince Dundee tries…
We have a policy of buying two year olds to produce as three year olds and this year's batch look very exciting.
Having had a full year of pre-training we have grouped four youngsters who are showing all the signs of being decent racehorses. Our pre-training includes lots of trotting, cantering and steady work, then some jumping and sprinting to condition and educate. We have found that…
The horses have been running better and Emirat De Cantana's win on Wednesday night illustrated their return to form.
A green youngster he has taken a few runs, first in Irish point to points then over hurdles, to get the idea and to strengthen. Stepped up to three miles he travelled sweety and won by a length to the delight of the British Racing Club members. His handicap mark had looked…
Mondays are always days of assessment and planning and in mid-May with just thirty horses in work, today had a different emphasis. Pictured coming in from the first lot are Sky Khan, Boys On Tour, Prince Dundee and just hidden Royal Reserve, with Jamie following them.
Jamie still trots up all of the horses and we talk through their racing plans and work plans for the week ahead. But we are…
We have had runners at both Hexham and Kelso and some good runs amongst them.
Gemologist was unlucky to bump into the bumper winner Dollys Dot in her mares novice hurdle and while she tried hard from the front she was tapped for toe on the run in. Her second place illuminates what a consistent mare she is, and she fully deserves to win soon. In the same race Refer To Rory ran well on her…
A satisfactory day at Ayr with the youngsters Blooriedotcom and Aurora Thunder coming fourth and fifth over hurdles and Miss Batten showing that she will be more suited to longer distances and fences in time.
I was most impressed by Bloorie and Aurora Thunder as both jumped well for a first time despite a green mistake each. They will be lovely hurdlers with more experience.
Off to Ayr tomorrow and three nice young horses.
In the maiden hurdle, we run two hurdle debutantes, ex flat winner Blooriedotcom and the bumper mare Aurora Thunder. Bloorie is a very professional four year old who has loved his jumping from the first day. If he can run to his flat form, including a win at Haydock over one mile six furlongs, he could be competitive.
As part of our ambitious plan to continue to move forward we have assembled a team to oversee our bloodstock purchases.
Behind the scenes we have our form man, Paul McIvor, who helps us to assess horses who have already run, rating their form and looking for improvers and those who would be suited by jumping and our way of training. He is a huge help at horses in training sales and in helping…