It was a case of so close but so far at Hexham as OrionInverness, pictured, returned to form with a bang, hitting the front after the last at Hexham only to be denied by a short head at the line. It was an excellent effort from the Tay Valley Chasers' gelding who has won five times and could do so again this spring.
We had some good runs from the others; Camp Belan showed plenty of promise…
So far Cheltenham has served up a feast of outstanding runners, and some memorable wins, none more so than TIger Roll who dominated the Glenfarclas Cross Country race this afternoon. A tumultuous few weeks for his yard, and after cries to retire him earlier this year, I would like to think that Tiger Roll has emphasised that his yard and connections know best when to step back and retire their horses.
Grand Morning appreciated being back over hurdles at Ayr and given a confident ride by Derek he powered home over the two and a half mile trip. A chasing type he has been placed over fences but is much happier hurdling and the heavy ground today was right up his street as he added to his owner's tally of five winners today. Having had a few issues smoothed out at home he should be able to continue…
Corach Rambler is fast becoming a horse to dream about as he won his second three mile novice hurdle from three runs. Relaxed behind the leader, Derek produced our stayer at the last and stayed on to win by two and a bit lengths. Bought in the autumn Corach is proving to be a horse to dream about as he has all the attributes to be even better over fences. His owners The Ramblers have one place left,…
In the autumn Goffs UK held two sales at Yorton Stud under strict social distancing rules. We bought the UK point to pointer Ahoy Senor after consultation with our UK pointing contacts and were delighted to secure him for a sensible price. A strong good moving type he had been well produced by Phil Rowley and we were delighted to see him win today at Ayr for Bruce and Carron Wymer. Being a big chap…
It was excellent to get back to the winners enclosure with Ain't My Fault who won the two mile novice handicap chase in determined fashion for Foresight Racing and Stephen. A headstrong type at home Ain't has not always had the strongest finish but Stephen has him nicely settled both at home and in his races and he finished off well.
In the Eider we were over the moon with Haul Us In on…
We have had a bit of a steady time on the yard with snow and ice suspending racing then a few quiet runners since.
The daily challenges from the snow were dealt with efficiently and effectively as the staff rallied together to keep the horses warm and exercised. With no racing we could concentrate on keeping the yard running and we were lucky to be able to keep the gallops open and in working…
Mighty Thunder won his third chase from four starts this afternoon when taking the valuable Edinburgh National at Musselburgh. Getting into a great rhythm and jumping economically, he stayed on well from the home turn to give his owners Allson Sparkle and jockey Blair Campbell a memorable win. This could be the start of an exciting staying chase career for Mighty, and for the yard he is an exciting…
Still quiet on the racing front, although we had two runners in the jumpers bumpers at Newcastle yesterday with Book Of Invasions showing a return to form when fifth in an odd race, while Voix D'Eau did not relish the sand and we will change things around for him next time.
At home, the weather continues to challenge us but sleet, high winds, and rain although uncomfortable, still allow…
Keeping the horses at peak fitness is something that we love doing but it is always frustrating when the weather intervenes and race meeting are flooded or frozen off. Losing Wetherby and Newcastle this morning is a double whammy coming on the back of Musselburgh, Kelso and Ayr fixtures lost to January weather.
We do have entries at Sedgefield on Monday (currently frozen and standing water)…