12-07-2020 07:53:50 in General by Admin
  Dorrell has been a largely disappointing horse but that has been mainly due to wind issues and last winter was pretty much a write off because of the unsuitably soft ground, he was being readied for a spring campaign when racing was halted.   Dorrell is a seriously good work horse at home and his schooling has always been fast and accurate which only adds to our frustration when he ...

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08-07-2020 06:21:41 in General by Admin
One runner today at Newbury.   Spice War won a couple of low grade races on the all weather before showing promise in his first run over hurdles at Kempton, he didn’t back that up on his next two starts so he went away for a good long holiday over the winter, he had literally just arrived back in the yard from his pre training with Mark Palmer when racing was halted. It seemed sensibl...

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06-07-2020 12:36:47 in General by Admin
One runner today at Uttoxeter.   1.25pm Bringthehousedown runs in a novice hurdle over 2m. Bringthehousedown or Joey as he is known, arrived with us last winter thanks to Ron Hodges who recommended us because of our equine pool.   Joey has big flat feet so therefore he has had plenty of annoying issues with bruising etc. He spends a lot of time swimming and Ben, my farrier, i...

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30-04-2020 18:42:05 in General by Admin
Last week my vet of nearly thirty years, Paul Ferguson, died of a massive heart attack.    He was in his early sixties.   After Paul graduated from Glasgow university in 1981 he then had spells in Australia and Newmarket before settling in Lambourn at the Valley Equine Hospital in the early nineties and becoming my vet, he remained there until his premature death.   Throu...

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17-03-2020 06:41:29 in General by Admin
One runner today at Wetherby.   This will be his first race.   Ballaquane is a well related son of Scorpion and as with all of his sires progeny he’s very good looking.   Ballaquane is a galloper and to put him into context of the youngsters we’ve run so far he doesn’t have the speed of Ocean Drifter he’s more like Norley in his work and he therefore wi...

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16-03-2020 11:18:26 in General by Admin
Without many runners this is a review of the last two weeks.   05/03/20 Wincanton Cilaos Glace - I was disappointed with him, it was not his ideal track. Nothing has come to light post race so I’m going to try different tactics next time.   07/03/20 Hereford Donladd - I was satisfied with his run, he just got a bit tired in the last two furlongs after a long lay off. His jumpi...

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16-03-2020 06:40:56 in General by Admin
Two runners today at Hereford.   Juliet won her second start over fences at Southwell on ground like this, she jumped well that day and really saw the trip out. It might be best to ignore her last outing at Wetherby when she pulled off a front shoe and finished very sore, she doesn’t have the best feet so it definitely affected her and she took a while to come back right again. Some...

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14-03-2020 06:39:34 in General by Admin
Five runners today.   This is a re organised final after the race was abandoned last weekend, I think Sandown would probably have suited Sevarano more but he did win his bumper here. Sevarano has had a good season, he’s been consistent and the races he’s won have worked out well., I’ve put a visor on him just to get him to travel as he can run lazily in his races. He was...

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13-03-2020 06:29:54 in General by Admin
One runner today at Fakenham.   Prince disappointed last time out when pulling up suddenly half a mile from home. Leighton thought he had gone wrong because he lost his action but it must have been a bang as he was absolutely fine immediately after he came to a halt.   Prince has not missed a day since and he has continued to work and school as well as ever.   Prince is a ver...

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12-03-2020 06:58:05 in General by Admin
One runner today at Hexham. Weststreet won this race last year and he often comes good in the spring for no apparent reason. Weststreet has ability and loves heavy ground, he’s got a bit cute these days and only does what he has to but his latest race at Exeter was a step in the right direction and he had a similar profile at this stage last season.   Weststreet is a funny horse, he...

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