We seem to be going through a phase of second places; following Elmono's brave effort at Cartmel, Ain't My Fault then was a staying on second at Bangor. This was an improvement from the normally headstrong chaser who looks much more chilled this season and with a new found relaxation we should be able to ride a more tactical race on him in future.
Then Ballyare continued the trend and was…
It was oh so close to another win from Elmono at Cartmel as he shot off for home after the last fence, only to be caught in the shadow of the post, pictured. However, our disappointment was tempered by seeing this enthusiastic chaser return to form and jump as neatly as ever. His turn will come again.
Normal Norman made his yard debut at Market Rasen this afternoon and ran a solid race…
We are at the stage in the season that we have lots of schooling going on. With our facilities, we are lucky to be able to school anytime, and indeed we often jump the horses as part of their daily exercise, but in July and August, the pre-trainers have lots of schooling, both in the school and over the fences and hurdles to establish their technique and build their strength. It also gives us a…
Fortune's Hiding was bought last autumn for a very reasonable price at Goffs for Ailsa the daughter of Fraser McClung to ride in point to points. Following a couple of runs, pointing closed down and we have been the beneficiaries to train him to run under rules. A bold jumper he loved today's fast ground and galloped up the run in to beat our other runner, the game Boys On Tour. It was heartbreaking…
Perth is back for its first meeting in 2020 and we are showing our support with thirteen runners from Lucinda Russell Racing.
It may seem excessive, and it is a pity to have two runners in some races, but we have fit horses ready to run and it is important for their owners to get them back on the track.
So we start with two novice hurdling mares; Tarset Hinny and Accost. Hinny has…
It has been such a long time since we had jump runners that we are having a small celebration of Destiny Is All's third placing in his novice handicap chase at Uttoxeter yesterday. A big horse he has taken time to mature and showed the first signs of promise when third on his chase debut at Musselburgh back in February. Jumping really well in the main today he was just a little novicey at the last…
At last, we have runners over jumps with two horses heading down to Uttoxeter today, and plenty of entries for Perth next week.
El, Derek, and Stephen left Kilduff at 4 am this morning with Magnum and Destiny Is All as COVID restrictions have resulted in no overnight stays at the racecourses.
Magnum faces a stiff two mile novice hurdle at 12.15 pm but we feel that he has improved…
Time passes and we are now closing in on our first runners over jumps since the lockdown; we will have some entries at Uttoxeter next week and at Perth on the 21st July. It will be odd to return to the routine of entries and declarations; with the help of our form man Paul McIvor we constantly review those who are ready to run, with Paul producing a list of possible targets for each horse. Of course,…
It has been a busy week in the yard as the majority of the winter horses returned to training. An extra thirty added to the fifty already in training has filled the stables and resulted in bigger strings riding out. There is plenty of trotting both round the fields, on the woodchip and sand gallops, and along the lanes. The horses have benefitted from an extended holiday and our policy of continuing…
As the wheels start to crank back into action and racing slowly returns, it is time for a bit of reflection.
Covid 19 has been tragic but the ensuing lockdown has given us time to refresh the yard and staff and to reflect on our way forward.
Jumping and racing are deep in our souls and the excitement, enjoyment, and fulfillment that we get racing and winning with our horses and…