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Saturday runners at Hexham

A relatively quiet weekend with just the three runners at Hexham tomorrow, the Northumberland venue one we are particularly keen to support given they do such a great job with their watering system, providing a safe surface for our horses to race on.

Rapid Raider is our runner in the opening handicap chase, dropping back to 2m after failing to get home over 2½m last Saturday. The quick turnaround…


Racing Review

Hexham has been a happy hunting ground for us over the past few years, and having won the award for top trainer at the track last season with seven winners, we recorded our second victory of the current campaign on Saturday when Speak of The Devil ran out a convincing winner of the 3m handicap chase. Bouncing off the good ground, Devil jumped superbly under a positive ride from Stephen to come home…


Targeting a weekend double

Following the success of Speak of The Devil at Hexham this afternoon, we have seven runners set to line up at Perth tomorrow, although with the course watering to maintain good ground, we’ll have to check conditions are suitable before deciding whether all will take their chance.

Petite Rhapsody, who is declared for the opening novice hurdle, is very much a case in point as he appreciated…


Heading for Hexham

Whilst most eyes will be on Epsom tomorrow afternoon for the Derby (Hurricane Lane is my tip!), our focus will be very much on Hexham where we have two runners at the picturesque Northumberland venue.

First to take his chance is Speak of The Devil, a previous course winner who ran a fabulous race to finish second on his most recent visit a month ago. That was a race in which the majority…


Bank Holiday Action

After a quiet spell in terms of our summer jumps team, it was good to get back racing over the Bank Holiday weekend with runners at Cartmel and Kelso. Pick of the bunch at Cartmel was the performance of Methodtothemadness who finished a fine third on what was effectively her chasing debut having unseated at the first at Perth on her previous outing. In the same race, Katalystic found the twists…


Cheltenham Newmarket Sales Success

A busy spell off the track has continued, as following hot on the heels of four days at GoffsUK Doncaster sales last week, Tattersalls Cheltenham hosted their May sales last Thursday. 

We have been focusing on assembling a fine team of young horses and were delighted to add to that further, coming away with three new acquisitions. 

DOUGLAS TALKING is a 16.3 hands…


Flat Review and Weekend Jump Preview

Our Flat string has done us proud over the past year or so and there are more wins just around the corner if the performance of Aone Ally at Hamilton on Wednesday is anything to go by. A lightly raced three-year-old, he shaped really well in finishing a close fifth over nine furlongs on his handicap debut, just running out of steam close home having travelled best of all. We will probably look to…


Mid-week action

A quiet start to the week on the racing front with just a couple of runners on the Flat before things get busier at the weekend with intended runners at Cartmel, Kelso, and possibly Uttoxeter.

Tonight, Book of Invasions gets his second outing on the Flat in the 1m2f novice on the all-weather at Newcastle with our stable apprentice Conner McCann once again taking the ride. Outpaced having…


Sales Report Days Two and Three

We are delighted to have bought four horses so far at the Goffs UK sales; three store three year olds and a point to point mare.

Our Monday purchases both by Malinas, were joined on Tuesday by the strong grey French-bred Monochromix by Morandi out of Lunamix. He has been bought by Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan and having a dam line full of winners bodes well for the future. 

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Sales Success updated

We are reporting to you live from the Goffs UK Doncaster Spring Store Sale where Paul, Scu and I have spent the day scouring the sales grounds inspecting more than 100 stores with the aim of purchasing some of the best young talent on offer.

We covered a lot of ground and were delighted to pick up two exciting three-year-olds, both by Malinas, and therefore sharing their sire with our recent…