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While we take time to dismantle the marquees from the owners lunch, there is plenty of news to catch up on.

We had two new arrivals on Sunday night when Eric Gillie delivered the Tattersalls Sales Goldwell three year old of the Winnell's. He is to be named Izzy's Champion and will be broken in by Derek over the next few weeks. 

We have also been sent the four year old mare by Presenting…


Morning Time

Poor Morning Time broke his hind leg when brought down at Hexham tonight. He was so unlucky and we are all devastated not just for him but for his owner Bill Forrester who adored his horse. Bill would come in often to see Morning and as he had owned him for seven years he was one of Bill's family.

We have had lots of good times with Morning including a chase and five hurdle wins, most recently…


Owners Lunch Party

We were blessed with great weather and a super turnout of wonderful owners at our annual lunch party this afternoon.

Our new yard sponsor Edinburgh Gin provided prosecco and rhubarb gin to start with and there was plenty more Edinburgh Gin and tonics afterwards. Heaven Scent from Milnathort had a hog roast and extras and over one hundred and fifty owners had plenty of time to socialise.…


A Couple Of Seconds At Perth

Devito'sgoldengirl, pictured in the paddock, ran a most game race to be second over a trip short of her best. Having made the running she was tapped for toe rounding the home turn but stayed on strongly to be a good second to a high rated horse. While getting a mares allowance and a couple of penalties from the winner who is rated 125 she ran to form and will find life easier in handicaps next time.

Thorpe…


Pre Perth

The yard is flat out with horses in work, preparing a couple for racing and getting ready for our owners' lunch. I have posted some videos on our Facebook page from this morning at Kilduff, mostly cantering around the fields and a bit of schooling.

Photographed are the schooling horses; Devito'sgoldengirl leading Bab El Mandeb, Onahandshake, and Spoils Of War.

We have four going…


Tattersalls August Sales

Scu and I had an excellent few days in Ireland at the Tattersalls August Store Sales. Travelling with Paul and Margaret Winnell we were looking for a good type to make a long distance chaser and I think that we have hit on a decent one. By Goldwell, the sire of Holywell and out of a Be My Native mare, this very athletic gelding has correct conformation and covers the ground when he trots. He will…


Miles And Miles

The horses are covering many miles as their pre training enters the last few weeks. We have welcomed the rain at the farm as the grass is perfect for cantering on and coupled with the woodchip circle and straights we can cover good distances at varying speeds.

Today we had a couple more horses back from their owners as Champagnendiamonds and Templenaboe returned from the borders, the former…


Visits, New And Old Faces

Today we welcomed the Angus Pony Club to the yard for a tour of the yard and gallops. Hosted by Scu they had a good few hours looking around the two yards and hopefully they have come away inspired to be involved in racing. 
Anne Macinnes and Mark and Susie Russell were also in to see their horses and to see some of the new horses who have arrived.

Yesterday evening Eric Gillie delivered…



Perth Bumper Winner Joins The Yard: For Sale

Were you at Perth last week? Did you see Vino's Choice, ridden by Tom Scudamore, win the bumper with ease? Tipped off by Tom we have bought the five year old gelding privately and he is for sale.

Vino's Choice is by Kalanisi and a very athletic, good moving young gelding. He is still maturing but has shown both a good attitude and plenty of ability by striding away from the field last week…


Work Hard, Party Harder

Work hard, party harder sort of sums up today.

First thing Colin and Nicola Drysdale came in to Kilduff to see their bumper winner Mighty Thunder and three year old Aurora Thunder, both by Malinas. We have good plans for Mighty and while he is still inexperienced we hope that he will be a decent prospect for the winter. Aurora, or Neena as she is known at home, is following the same pattern…