During the Covid lockdown we trialled some different working practices and having turned out our winter horses we have returned to one of our lockdown routines of splitting the staff into two teams. Working the horses first thing at each yard we then all turn to maintenance and disinfecting the yard. Pictured is the back yard at Arlary, painted and ready for the stables to be filled again.
Soft ground and some indifferent jumping rather hampered our chances of a winner at Perth this week, but there were still some promising performances, chief amongst them being the third placed finishes of Petite Rhapsody, Boy’s On Tour and Gripper on Thursday. Also finishing third yesterday was Izzy’s Champion, although in his case he inherited that position due to some late fallers and we’ll try…
We have two days of racing to look forward to at Perth this week with four runners on Wednesday evening and eight on Thursday afternoon.
This evening the first of our horses is Royal Reserve who makes his long-awaited return to action in the novice handicap chase in his new colours of Tay Valley Chasers. Off the course since the autumn of 2019, it is a big ask for him on chasing debut, but…
Today was a memorable day as Jaimie took One For Arthur, our Grand National hero of 2017 to his next home as he starts his active retirement with Stephanie and Charlie Robson. Steph is Olympic event rider Ian Stark's daughter, and she and her husband will introduce Arthur to eventing, hunting, and a top class family life as befits our champion. We are delighted that his owners, Belinda and Debs,…
It has been a week of ups and downs with some promising efforts at Ayr and Kelso overshadowed by the fatal fall of Mannochmore at Ayr. Only a six-year-old, he was just starting to show his true potential and looked set to follow up his recent win at Kelso when falling awkwardly at the second last and breaking his hind leg. It was devastating for the yard and for his owners Distillery Racing Club,…
We had our first runners of the new season at Hexham on Saturday with Speak of The Devil running a fine race to finish second behind a well-handicapped and well-backed winner. The omission of nine of the 19 fences worked against him with his effort deserving to be marked up as a result, and with him remaining in such good form, we will look to press on and target further races back at Hexham in…
With jump racing in Britain taking a brief hiatus following the season-ending Bet365 Gold Cup fixture at Sandown, it has been a flat-orientated week for the yard thus far. First up was a trip to Ayr for two runners on Monday with Aone Ally and Book of Invasions contesting a competitive 1m maiden.
Making his first start of the campaign and only the third of his career, Aone Ally ran a pleasing…
A season that began two months later than originally planned on July 1st came to a conclusion on Saturday with Lucinda Russell Racing finishing a pleasing twenty-first in the trainers’ championship. In a table based on prize money, our haul of £440,398 saw us jump nine places from the previous campaign with our total of 34 winners also an increase of two from the 2019/20 season.
The 2020/21 jumps season has ended, the season that we feared would never start, and which has brought quiet racecourses but some stunning performances from our horses.
Finishing in twenty first place in the British trainers table with £440,000 prize money and thirty four wins is a notable effort from a team who faced many challenges not least a late start to the season, harsh weather in…
A busy three days coming up for the yard as Perth hold their Spring Festival meeting.
Always known for its competitive racing but party atmosphere the three days will be a little more sober than in the past, but we are delighted that it is back in some form and especially with owners allowed to attend.
Here are our runners for the first two days.
Today Southern Girl makes…