Buoyed up by the first time out horses running well, the yard has been enthusiastically working hard for the past week. The work mornings are producing some good efforts and the majority of horses are finding their twice weekly work days a little easier as they gain fitness and strength.
At Kilduff, we have been able to carry out plenty of schooling both over fences and hurdles and with…
Lucky Flight ensured that our wait for a winner was over quickly as he won the first race of the new season at Kelso.
A free running sort at home, Stephen has done a magnificent job of settling him and his endeavours paid off with a front running win. I was most impressed by Lucky Flights determination despite being bumped on the approach to the last hurdle and this tough five year old should…
We are hoping for ground on the soft side of good tomorrow as we run three seasonal newcomers, and maybe Touchebyanangel if he comes out of his Perth race ok.
We start with Lucky Flight an Irish point winner who was lit up by his Punchestown bumper in April but who has plenty of ability. A bold jumper he needs to relax through his race, but if he does he should run a solid race.
Five seconds in one day is not ideal but it does at least show that the horses are running consistently well and we are very pleased with a couple of efforts.
Fyfin Patsy gave claims for a decent autumn in front of her when setting the pace and jumping neatly until the winner quickened up past her. A chasing type Patsy will stay further and we were very satisfied with this place on her hurdling…
A week has gone past and with it, we have had some really progressive bits of work both by the horses, and getting the yard ready for the winter.
The main group of horses will be ready to run at the end of this month so we are adding some sterner pieces of work and including a gallop on the grass at Kilduff for each horse to see what stage they are at. Bradley has moved the fences back to…
The weather gods relented and gave us a beautiful morning for our annual owners lunch.
The Saturday open day was a lot of fun until the end when the marquee was wrecked, and I think that everyone here felt deflated and exhausted by Saturday night, unsure of where the next days guests were going to sit to have lunch. However, with a brighter morning and a bit of rejigging of the smaller…
We had an excellent turnout to the BHS IJF Open Day today, despite horrid rain to start then while the sun came out the wind picked up and caused havoc.
We hold this open day for a chance for people to meet the horses and staff but most importantly to give an insight to the yard and how we work to produce the fit, relaxed and winning racehorses.
Walking around the stables and discussing…
A glorious weekend to round off a very busy week, and some work days to be proud of.
The majority of the winter horses have now had three pieces of work and yesterday we were delighted with the progress of each horse. There is still ground to cover and the horses will change shape again, but they are strong and moving well and we are where we want to be as we head into September. I think…
More rain as August seems to have mistaken itself for October, but our horses are thriving and we are enjoying preparing the autumn and winter horses despite the necessity for waterproofs.
At Kilduff we are filtering through the early season horses as in batches they school over hurdles and fences and work on the grass gallops. The bread and butter work is carried out at Arlary but these…
The British Horse Society, Scotland, is hosting our annual Open Day on Saturday 31st August.
In aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and the BHS the day will give an opportunity to see around the yard, to meet the horses and staff and this year to watch the horses schooling on our new carpet gallop before a parade of a dozen horses to look out for this autumn and winter.
There will also…