OrionInverness backed up his return to form with a third place at Hexham this afternoon. Jumping a lot more confidently than he has in the past he just stayed the three miles on this stiff track. He has given the Tay Valley Chasers great fun this spring and could be at Perth in May if the ground remains on the easy side. Stephen and connections are pictured at the debrief in the winners enclosure.
Sky Khan ran a stormer to be a close second on his comeback run at Ayr this afternoon. A horse who loves the hustle of a big race he was produced expertly by Blair but just failed to catch the leader. This run should set him up for the summer and his owners, Ormello Way are delighted to have him back in form. Pictured are Willie Logan and Tony and Tina Evans; Andrew Millar and my father were not…
The happiness that some sunshine brings was evident this morning as the horses and humans had a spring in their step.
We have the Perth Festival coming up next week and in preparation, we have been schooling some at Kilduff. Pictured is Sky Khan, and we also schooled Cherif D'Isle, Elmono, Choquette, Blue Baton, Alizee De Janeiro, The Banastoir, Bialco, Hey Listen and Emissaire.
Misfits ran a solid race but was not as happy on the holding ground staying on into fifth place. He has had a good season and we will see how he is in the next few days.
After racing Carlisle Racecourse kindly allowed us to canter a batch of young horses over a mile and six furlongs to give them some racecourse experience.
Our class of 2017 have been expertly handled and produced…
Make It Happen kept the yard in the winners enclosure with a front running victory under Blair. Coping better than expected with the soft ground he loved his race and jumping well kept on despite being strongly challenged on the run in. Part owners Wilma and Gordon Wright waited in trepidation first for the result of a photo finish then for a stewards enquiry, but finally they were allowed to collect…
We had a pretty good day at Newcastle today with a treble to follow our double there yesterday.
OrionInverness has had an awkward season with many cancellations and for a soft ground horse, he has only had a handful of opportunities to run since October. However, today, given a positive ride from Stephen he gained his second win over fences. A bold jump at the last in the back straight gave…
We missed being at the Grand national today but had a good day at Newcastle with a double from Rivabodiva and Grand Morning.
Rivabodiva, pictured, has been a super mare for Mark and Susie Russell, the yard and especially Thomas Willmott who rode out his 10lb claim on her this afternoon. Winning for the second time this season and having been placed in all of her other races, Riva is a model…
Last week Blair suggested that I enter Spoils Of War at Sedgefield and he was well rewarded when he rode Spoils to win this afternoon. A horse who needs plenty of jumping at home he hurdled really well and it is a credit to Blair and Ailsa who rides him most days, that Spoils won on his first start back from his holidays. We do not have many runners at Sedgefield but they looked after joint owner…
Yesterday we had a very social day starting with a visit from Stefani Dailly and cameraman Colin who filmed the yard for the STV evening news. Focusing on last year's Grand National and how it has affected the yard and racing in Scotland they also filmed Arthur as he continues his rehabilitation from injury and embarks on his journey to the 2019 National.
Next up was Euan McIntyre who came…
First, we had a disappointment with Hexham being abandoned due to waterlogging after the persistent morning rain. The lorry was halfway at the track when it was called off, but was soon home in time for the horses to be exercised.
Next, we were delighted to hear that there will be a replacement fixture at Newcastle on Sunday. Even better is that the BHA have replicated the races that were…