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Perth runners

With Elmono unfortunately a late absentee at Perth this evening we are down to seven runners across the two-day meeting where the forecast for rain will be good news for some but a hindrance for others.

 

One who will appreciate any rain that falls is Petite Rhapsody who lines up in the 2m novice hurdle that opens Tuesday’s action. He ran well over course and distance to be third…


Missile gunning for Sunday riches

There is some fantastic prize money on offer at Musselburgh this afternoon for the start of the £600,000 Sky Bet Sunday Series, a series comprising three fixtures worth £200,000 each, and we will be hoping to get a slice of the pie with Red Missile, who contests the final race on the card, the Stayers Handicap over 1m6f. As expected, given the money on offer, this is a stronger race than the one…


Week in review

Lucky Flight fared best of our four runners at Perth last Sunday, bouncing back to form to take third in the feature 2m handicap chase. He hasn’t been the easiest to train thus far, but he is certainly talented and is settling much better nowadays.

 We also saw a more encouraging performance from Southern Girl who was a staying-on fifth in the 3m novice handicap chase. On just her second…


Don't Look Back And Looking Forward To Perth

Paul, Steven, and Derek spent a couple of days down at Newmarket this week for the July Sale, and after covering many miles up and down the Tattersalls hills, they managed to pick up Don’t Look Back, a three-year-old gelding from the Richard Hughes yard. By Oasis Dream out of a mare called Ronaldsay, Don’t Look Back is certainly bred for the job as he is a full brother to Royal Ascot winner Gale…


France, Fatties And Flat Sales

Despite the reams of paperwork required, Scu and I journeyed to France last week for the Arqana Summer sale. We were interested in the collection of two and three year old stores and were delighted to buy two good looking and long striding geldings with top black type staying pedigrees.

Pictured is IDEM a three year old by Rail Link (Sire of Jim Goldies Northumberland Plate…


Racing Round Up

There were some mixed results from the meeting at Perth last Thursday with Gripper faring best of our five runners (Katalystic was a non-runner due to the ground), staying on late to take second in the 3m novices’ handicap hurdle. Although yet to win for the yard, Gripper has developed into a consistent sort in his grade, both on the Flat and over hurdles, and we hope he can get his head back in…


Perth Pointers

We have six runners at Perth tomorrow, kicking off with Petite Rhapsody in the opening maiden hurdle. Having run too keen when upped to this trip at Hexham last time, how he settles will be key to his chances, but we are hopeful he can finish in the first three or four.

 We are doubly represented in the 3m novices’ handicap hurdle with Flutter Down trying this trip for the first time on…


Missile Strikes

We were thrilled with the win of Red Missile at Musselburgh on Monday evening, Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan’s gelding showing great battling qualities as he prevailed by a neck under an enterprising ride from Shane Gray. The team at home have done a tremendous job with him, particularly Steven, Vicky, and our farriers Greg and Dougie, and it is great to see their hard work rewarded. Red Missile…


The Lull Before The Storm

A very quiet week in front of us as we have just a couple of flat runners as the team put the finishing touches to the yard, stables and facilities. On Friday a couple of dozen horses will have their shoes on and start their pre-training as we get set for the main jumps season. 

We have had a great summer so far; half the haylage is made and the grass gallops have been topped, railed, and…


Methodtothemadness Wins On A Day Of Devastation And Celebration

Just over twenty four hours after the elation of seeing Vino’s Choice bounce back to winning ways at Perth, we suffered the tragic loss of Ash Hill at Hexham. A highly promising individual, he was a horse we had big hopes for this season and it is a massive blow for the yard and in particular his owner Ronnie Bartlett. Ash Hill is pictured earlier this week with Derek. We also had the misfortune…