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Well Above Par Wins At Hexham, And It Is A Near One For Misfits

Well Above Par overcame over a year off after a horizontal cannon stress fracture (very rare as most are fatal) and won this afternoon, eased down by Thomas Willmott. Jumping with enthusiasm this long striding six year old has lots of scope and has improved physically for his time off. He will continue on soft ground and should stay further in time. His owners, The Eagle Partnership deserve plenty…


Close One With Elmono And Pre Hexham

Elmono very nearly broke his duck at Musselburgh when second in a photo in the three mile chase. Jumping superbly for a second time chaser he stuck to his task on the run in but just failed to get to the winner. His owners, Gerry And The Pacemakers still had an excellent day as you can see from the photograph; what partnership horses are all about.

Island Heights also ran a super race to…


Aintree Review (Arthur is fine) And Oh So Close At Kelso

Aintree did not quite go to plan as One For Arthur blundered at the third fence giving Thomas Scu no chance of staying in the saddle. Jumping a few more when loose before being caught at the bottom of the track, Arthur seems to have avoided injury, and the only stress was for poor Jaimie who led him home, not an easy task with a fresh bumptious horse.

Our other two runners gave us all a…


Pre Aintree, Derek Update And Yard News

Tomorrow is a big day for the yard with the return of Grand National winner One For Arthur and a couple of nice chasers running in the Grand Sefton.

One For Arthur has his first run since winning the National in 2017 and he has been loving being back in full training. He will likely be understandably rusty, especially as the pace around the Mildmay course will be relentless, but he needs…


Important Schooling And Pre Haydock

We had an important schooling day today with some of the horses who are due to run soon.

One For Arthur is due to make his comeback in the next few weeks and holds an entry at Aintree in the Many Clouds Chase. Whether he takes up the engagement is partly dictated by the going; if it is soft he may run. He will be ridden by Tom Scudamore as Derek is off having had a back operation.

So,…


Vengeur Wins At Bangor On A Busy Weekend

Vengeur De Guye was a super winner for his owners Brahms & Liszt, and for his young jockey Thomas who gave Vengeur a well-judged patient ride. Jumping well over the Bangor fences he was produced at the last fence and went away from the others on the run in. Vengeur is admirably consistent and he revels in soft conditions.

At Newcastle OrionInverness was second to the delight of his owners,…


Pre Ayr

Plenty of rain is forecast and while the official going description at Ayr is good to soft, soft in places it is expected to ease after tonight's storms. We have four runners.

Emissaire is a keen going sort who loves the heavy going. He has come on a huge amount since his Perth run at the end of September as the team here have worked hard on settling him. Related to a top class hurdler in…


Work Progress, Vets Owners And Authors

So, today was a usually busy Tuesday with lots of work for the horses and visits from vets and owners and authors.

We have a couple of new horses who are making their way up through the work program and we are really pleased with them. Mon Ami Bob arrived four weeks ago, a huge, rangy gelding who was still to fill his frame. Having shown ability in bumpers, coming fourth at Newcastle, he…


Elmono Second At Musselburgh

Elmono ran a blinder on his first chase start at Musselburgh this afternoon to come a fine second. In a race where accurate jumping was important, he measured his fences accurately and only blundered at the second last. He will improve for today's experience and should be competitive around Musselburgh this winter for his enthusiastic owners Gerry And The Pacemakers (Gerry, Willie, George, Willie,…


Work Mornings And Pre Musselburgh

We had an important work morning yesterday with some of the horses with valuable targets having a strong gallop. These included Big River, One For Arthur, Voix D'Eau and Forest Des Aigles. All worked really well and their riders were pleased with their progress. Pictured are Voix D'Eau and Forest Des Aigles leading Urban Kode and Tantamount. On the home page is a video of Well Above Par and Big…