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…
We love setting up syndicates bringing new people into racing, as well as offering a wide variety of horses for those who already own shares. We have just filled The Red Shoes who have a free lease on Sutton Manor; this was a really popular group which has filled rapidly, and we will have more syndicate shares in other horses available soon. If you are interested in joining us as an owner or part…
Some solid runs over the past few days, not least from the novice chaser Speak Of The Devil who was second over three miles three furlongs, showing all the attributes of a young staying chaser. At seventeen hands Devil is still maturing but has shown a super attitude, and while he needs to sharpen his jumping, he is finishing his races off well and cannot be far from his first win.
Three at Newcastle today on soft ground that may dry a little.
Emissaire is back over hurdles after a couple of unseats and this is very much a confidence boosting exercise. He is on a handy mark though, and one that he can be competitive from. Thomas will ride after Blair was stood down yesterday with concussion.
Le Frank was outpaced last time and I think that the softer ground…
Vengeur De Guye ran a solid race at Haydock this afternoon, once again travelling well in the race and jumping accurately but looking as if he is poorly handicapped at this stage in his career. He enjoyed the challenge though and we may mix hurdles and chases going forward.
We have four at Ayr tomorrow on ground that is forecasted to be heavy and the track has placed frost sheets on take…
Izzy's Champion won nicely at Musselburgh this afternoon, and despite still being a little babyish over his fences he travelled well into the race and galloped away after the last to register his first win. Still learning, he is one of our best work horses so hopefully he will progress further on the race track with time. He is owned by Margaret and Paul Winnell from the Isle Of Man and is named…
A week of stormy weather but some great work at home and a time to get the team assembled for some racing this weekend. The Kelso runners have had time to recover from their races including sessions on the water treadmill and under the heat lamps, and those due to run have been schooling and having pre race exercise to have them ready for their runs.
We were joined on Tuesday by Deli Innes…
Big River put his jumping issues behind him today and given a tactical waiting ride by Derek he galloped away with the three mile handicap chase at Kelso. A horse with huge talent he has been a focus for the team these past few weeks and their work has paid off; he will now aim for the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
It was a satisfying afternoon for his owners The Two Black Labs…