Silverton ridden by Adrian Lane was back over fences – unfortunately she made an uncharacteristic error at the third fence and was lucky to stay on her feet, and keep her jockey on board, and while she did get back into the race briefly, Adrian felt that she wasn’t moving correctly and rightly pulled her up. The vets checked her over and at the moment it just looks to be a pulled muscle in her back, she was rather uncomfortable when she got home, plenty of tlc for her. Rinnagree Rosie ridden by Grant Cockburn just never quite seemed to be able to get involved in the race, the early pace was quite strong for desperate ground and they just never seemed to slow down in front, she stayed on nicely at the finish to be sixth, but the better grade of race ensured a better pace. Hopefully the ground will stay nice and soft for her to run again. Two sisters which one is which?
Cruachan ran over two and a half miles and was ridden by Adam Nicol. He didn’t run his normal race and whether it was the rather holding ground that he didn’t enjoy or he was just not in the mood – I’m not sure, although saying that he wasn’t beaten too far!!
Cadore, ridden by Grant Cockburn was running in the three mile handicap hurdle. This was his first run over the long trip and Grant gave him a lovely ride and he finished in a very good fourth place, proving he stays this trip – this opens up more opportunities for him in the future. We were then able to give a couple of horses a nice racecourse gallop, Karingo and Son of Feyan – who benefited nicely from this and should be on the racecourse soon. Unfortunately the horsebox had a blow out on the way home and had to wait four hours for recovery, not an ideal Friday night.
We had a lovely schooling morning – inc some first time over fences. All of the horses jumped really nicely – happy days.
Cruachan ridden by Adam Nicol ran in the two and a half mile hurdle race and am delighted with the way he travelled and jumped throughout the race to be a very good second place. Again another very pleasing run.
At last we have runners again, three at Newcastle and it was great to be back on the track after two months of horses being under the weather. Rinnagree Rosie and her sister Silverton were both running in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. Silverton, who won the best turned out award was ridden by Megan Carbery jumped and travelled really well up with the leaders until turning for home when lack of race fitness began to show but she kept on to finish in fourth place – she will be back over fences again next time out. Rinnagree Rosie ridden by Grant Cockburn as always jumped really efficiently and in her usual running style began to stay on stoutly over the final couple of furlongs and although the leader was beginning to idle infront as she got upsides him he just pulled out enough to win, she was such a gallant second place. Cadore ridden by Adam Nicol ran in the two mile handicap hurdle and travelled and jumped really well, making eye catching progress until just finding he didn’t have the speed of some of the others at the finish but he race a great race to finish in sixth place. It was fantastic to see the horses back to health and running so well again after a hugely frustrating period, let’s hope we can keep it up!!
Cruachan has been entree to run at Ayr on Friday 10th March.
Delighted that after too many weeks of horses being off colour we have entries for next week. Cadore, Silverton and Rinnagree Rosie are all entered to run at Newcastle on Tuesday 7th March
Pony Racing Day
We had another successful Pony Racing accreditation day at the yard on Sunday, the weather was great and all the ponies and children had a fun day – some future jockeys perhaps!!!!
Sense Of Urgency
Exciting times ahead.
A three year old, by Lilbourne Lad getting ready to race later on this summer, watching how it’s done – getting tips from Cadore and Karingo.
Getting going again
After a frustrating few weeks when some of the horses had a cough and we had to lay off their work load, we are now back on track and the horses that are in full work are going nicely. Most of the horses to run on the flat are now back in work too – which always means a couple of days of bucking broncos, very grateful for the neckstraps. Been a boring time without any runners but no point in running them when they haven’t been in full health. Onwards and upwards now.
Karingo and Son of Feyan
Karingo and Son of Feyan both ridden by Grant Cockburn ran at the first jumps meeting at Ayr. Karingo ran in the the two and a half mile maiden hurdle, he led he field for most of the race and his jumping was certainly improved for this tactic, he was still in front at the second last hurdle but was just out sprinted in the final furlong or so. He was only just pipped for fourth place but there were some pretty smart horses in his race who I think will go on to be decent prospects. He also won the best turned out award, smart chap! Son of Feyan ran in the three mile handicap hurdle and a mistake down the back straight when he really needed a good jump to be competitive halted his chance but he stayed on strongly up the home straight finishing like a train. He seems to be coping with the excitement of being at the races much better now.
Cruachan ridden by Adam Nicol ran at Carlisle in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. He ran no sort of race really but finished in fifth place without really seeming to get seriously involved in the race. However there will be other days for him and he’s home in one piece. Horses can be such a mystery at times!!!
The time has come for the Duncrievie legend Super Strobe to be retired from racing, he picked up a very slight injury in his latest run and it’s just brought forward his retirement which was imminent. He has been such an amazing horse for a small yard like ours, nine wins and many placings and given us loads of highs and a few lows but at twelve years old still can behave like a two year old at times!!!! Happy retirement to a horse of a lifetime for so many people who have been involved with him, owners, jockeys and everyone here at Duncrieive, esp Caroline. Xx
All Weather Newcastle
Strobe ridden by Joe Doyle ran over two miles on the all weather track at Newcastle’s twilight meeting on Saturday. He was having a lovey time leading the field but there was one horse who just hassled him down the back straight and he never had a chance to fill his lungs but he finished with his ears pricked. Age twelve hes still winning Best Turned Out awards, hes a bit of a poser!!!!
Doc at Ayr
Granite City Doc ridden by Dougie Costello ran over seven furlongs – this was a very fast run race and he was just not able to go the pace, and he did nothing wrong but he is beginning to look like a stayer, or even a jumper in the making, despite his breeding!! He took everything in his stride and is a pleasure to have in the yard and has lovely owners who will give him plenty of time to grow as he is still growing, Lots to look forward with him.
Three boys who had been on their summer holidays, Cadore, Karingo and Cruachan all ran at Perth on the final day of the season. All ran great races, Cruachan ran a blinder over a distance not quite ideal but finished in a fab third place and Karingo who has had a number of niggling problems and not been on the racecourse for over a year ran a very encouraging race. All systems go for the winter season with these boys.
Remember Rocky, ridden by Doigie Costello ran a blinder of a race – he really is Mr Consistent, he finished in fourth place only beaten three lengths. Dougie gave him a great ride and if only he could get some help from the handicapper he would be winning again, and unfortunately in class 5 races he does struggle a little, hopefully we can find a class 6 race for him and he can get the win that he really deserves!!!
Perth – A Winner
This Thyne Jude repaided everyone with their patience that they have given her and she WON her first race, and won it very bucket too. She looked terrific in the parade ring and Grant Cockburn gave her a really very very good race as the race wasn’t quite a simple as it might be, she had a loose horse to contend with amongst other things, but seemingly only having to jump the last two hurdles before he first win – my eyes were right shut, however she WON, with plenty in hand by four and a half lengths!!!! Strobe ridden by Adam Nicol ran a cracking race to finish in third place, the softer ground didn’t help him so it was boring that it had rained in the morning.
Royal Regent ridden by Joe Fanning couldn’t quite keep up the ferocious gallop that was set in a higher grade of race but nonetheless wasn’t beaten far. Remember Rocky ridden by Adam Macnamara ran another fantastic race but just was hampered at the wrong time but ran on strongly to be fourth, Mr Consistent.
Super Strobe – super second
The old boy Strobe, ridden by Joanna Mason turned back the clock in the two mile handicap and ran a blinder to finish in a great second place. He was four times older than some of the runners, and he won BTO – he loves the cameras and thinks all racegoers are there to see him!! We had a small champagne celebration. 🍾🍾🍾
Look who came to see us!!
Gordon Brown and his Racing UK team came to film for “This Racing Life” on Racing UK next week – and more importantly to sample one of our Champange Breakfasts!!!!
Perth – soggy!
Badged and Son of Feyan both ran at a soft and wet Perth tonight, Badged ran a nice race for a long way but he struggles with his wind in the soft ground, but am improved run nonetheless. Son of Feyan put up another good run, he’s still young and it’s beginning to all fit together with him, patience is the key.
Royal Regent ridden by Dougie Costello ran in the one mile three handicap – things didn’t quite work his way, he didn’t handle the undulations of the track before being badly hampered in last couple of furlongs, he finished in fifth place. We may well wait for a race back at Ayr for him.
Ayr 18th July
Royal Duchess ridden by Adam Macnamara was making a quick reappearance after her win at this track a week ago, all things being equal she didn’t run a bad race but nothing really went her way as it had done previously and it may well have been a bit soon for her to be back on the track. Remember Rocky also ridden by Adam Macnamara ran a great race, he finished in third place staying on well at the end of the race, he was the first horse off the bridle and looked like he may struggle to stay with them but he dug really deep and stayed on fantastically over the last couple of furlongs for a well deserved place. The trip was short of his ideal distance anyway but by the way he kept going there looks to be no reason he won’t stay further in time.
We celebrate in style – Normile style!!
A Royal Delight
CWOW – what a day Monday was at Ayr!!!!!!!!! Royal Regent and Royal Duchess both ridden by Joe Doyle, (who was using his three pound claim for a final day) both won their races. Reggie was running in the one mile two furlong handicap and he never saw a rival, Joe used his stamina and when there was no early pace decided to make all and was still pulling away from the others at the line. Duchess was running in the seven furlong handicap had to work a bit harder but once she got a space she charged to the front and perhaps won with a little in hand, ears pricked!! A truly magical day for our little yard, however the screaming done at the track racegoers could have been forgiven for thinking there were millions of us there!! Fantastic for Steve Dick who not only owns but bred them both, hoping that he puts the mare back in foal soon!!
This Thyne Jude ridden by Grant Cockburn was stepping up the three miles today, but unfortunately the rain came and the good going we were hoping for became soft, very soft!! She still ran a great race to finish in fifth place but a lack of pace throughout the race didn’t help her when they sprinted up the home straight. However still another very promising run from her!!
Remember Rocky ridden by Tom Eaves and Wolf Heart ridden by Kevin Stott both ran in the 9 furlong handicap on good to soft ground. Rocky ran another good race to finish in sixth place but is in need of some help from the handicapper to get back into the winners enclosure but he ran a good solid race, right up to his mark and Wolf ran well for a long way before just running out of steam – he hasn’t run for a year and will come on plenty for his run. He also won Best Turned Out award, smart chap.
Perth Races 30th June 2016
Son of Feyan who had been off the track for one day short of a year, not with any problems but as a nervous youngster we wanted to give him time. He ran in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle and having previously got himself so wound up with travelling and new stables etc that he barely had an energy to race but today he was really settled and behaved beautifully, he ran a great race to finish on sixth place, he will probably want a longer trip in the future but he was still travelling well at the end of the race and for young horses I think that’s very important. A lovely first run of the new season for him. Strobe was running in the only suitable race and it was probably a grade too high and they just went a bit too fast for him but he still ran a great race and seems to still be really enjoying his racing, such a lovely chap and it’s great to see an older horse still full of mischief ESP at the races!! Badged ran in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle but for some reason ran no sort of race at all, a real mystery as we were full of hope of a good run but he just never seemed to be happy or get into any sort of rhythm, something may come to light to explain this head scratcher, horses eh?!?!
Perth – Ups and Downs!!!
ARGH – This Thyne Jude who hasn’t been the easiest horse to train, she can get very wound up but has really settled so much at home and now in her races, she looked a picture in the paddock winning best turned out award and was really lovely and settled throughout the race. She was still travelling strongly all the way up the home straight and making ground up rapidly and was challenging for second place over the last hurdle when she just propped on landing and shot Grant out the side door, for an unfortunate unseat. Argh frustrating but worse things happen and she’s showing such am improvement in every race, next time………………
Buzz now four weeks old and very cheeky but very handsome!!
Ayr Races 18th May
ROYAL REGENT, ridden by Sammy-Jo Bell ran in the one mile and two furlong handicap. Thankfully the rain came in time for him and even being hampered leaving the stalls and having no racing room two furlongs out, he still ran a fantastic race to finish a very close third place. He is a completely different horse when he has soft ground.
Perth Races 12th May
THIS THYNE JUDE and BADGED were non runners on account of the fast going.
Perth Races 11th May
It was a glorious sunny afternoon at Perth and as such the going was on the quick side of good, we had three runners. It was also the sixth running of Alan’s memorial race and while we had no runners in the race itself we had a huge turnout of friends and family to support us and enjoy a drink or two in the glorious sunshine. STROBE, Adan Nicol and AGRICULTURAL, Grant Cockburn both ran in the two mile four furlong handicap chase. Agricultural and Grant took a heavy fall at the fifth fence but thankfully both were quickly to their feet and Strobe it seems now with his advancing years he is not keen to let himself down on very quick ground, he is fine. CRUACHAN, Adam Nicol ran in the three mile handicap hurdle, unfortunately there was no pace to the race, which doesn’t suit him, they crawled for two circuits and then sprinted for two furlongs, but he still finished a great fifth, only a couple of lengths off the winner.
Remember Rocky at Ayr
Remember Rocky ran a great first race of the season, finishing in a very close fourth place. The ground was pretty quick and the pace was ferocious and Sammy couldn’t get him to the front early on, but he travelled really well and stayed on all the way to the line, looking like he will stay a bit further. Sammy was delighted with his run and said he certainly should be winning again soon. He also won best turned out award!!
Musselburgh- first flat runs
A glorious hot and sunny Musselburgh on Sunday, which was lovely to enjoy weather wise but unfortunately the ground had got too fast for our runners, and was certainly good to firm. Royal Duchess, ridden by Sanny Jo Bell ran a great race to finish a fast finishing 5th, Royal Regent, ridden by Anna Hesketh, winner of the BTO, finished in eighth having been hampered in the home straight and Granite City Doc, ridden by Keegan Latham came out the stalls like a rocket but really hated the ground however he still ran a lovely first run to be sixth. Good to get the flat string out and about!!
Perth Races – day 3
Strobe, ridden by Adam Nicol was making his seasonal debut over hurdles, as there were no two and a half mile handicap chases at this meeting. He jumped and travelled really well, very well indeed for a hardened chaser!!, and just probably blew up coming to the third last flight and Adam wasn’t too hard on him after this, but he will come on plenty for this run. He still shows plenty of enthusiasm for racing
Perth Races – day 2
Cadore, ridden by Grant Cockburn ran in the two mile handicap hurdle. He ran a nice race but was slightly inconvenienced by the faster ground, over the minimum trip on fast ground the front runners just don’t come back to him. However he still ran a lovely race staying on strongly at the line to be seventh, things just didn’t quite go to plan for him. Always next time.
Perth races – Festival day 1
Three runners in the same race is never ideal but sometimes there are few other options. The two and a half mile maiden hurdle had our three runners, Berkshire Downs, ridden by Adam Nicol was hampered four out when the horse in front of her had no racing room and unfortunately after that she just wasn’t able to pick up again, she has had a long hard season and is due a well deserved holiday. Badged, ridden by Brian Harding, was having his first run after his holiday and having lost his confidence a little at the end of last year it was lovely to see him running full of enthusiasm to be a fast finishing third place, This Thyne Jude, ridden by Grant Cockburn really appreciated the better ground and longer trip to be only a whisker behind Badged in fourth place, she seems to be enjoying her racing and everyone’s patience with her is being rewarded.
The Sisters Race
Full sisters Rinnagree Rosie and Silverton unfortunately, due to lack of ideal opportunities on suitable ground, had to run in the same race, never great but needs must. Rinnagree Rosie ridden by Grant Cockburn ran a great race to finish a lovely second always staying on especially up the final hill when she was able to use her stamina and relentless gallop, having jumped and travelled well throughout, it’s been a great shame that there have been no three miles races on bottomless ground for her, but a lovely run from out of the handicap too. Silverton, ridden by Adrian Lane, was also running over hurdles due to lack of suitable races but we needed to know if she was keen to be back racing again having had a few problems. She also travelled well in the race until she weakened at the bottom of the hill and it maybe that a wind op is needed but she showed all her old enthusiasm for racing which is greatly pleasing!! Looking forward to next season with her, both grey girls intact.
Kelso 2nd April
When you want rain there is none to be found, as our last three runners found out, but when you don’t want any all it does is pour down, as Cruachan knows only too well. Having gone to Kelso for decent ground, it started pouring with rain four hours before his race, and so the going was far from what he wanted. He did run a very honest run, again, and finished in fourth place. Fingers crossed that one day he will get the going that he really needs.
Wetherby – 1st April
The going at Werherby had dried out too much for Silverton to run, she really needs good Soft ground or softer!!! Cardore, ridden by Adam Nicol ran a lovely race in the two mile handicap hurdle, having been a bit out paced early on in the race he stayed on brilliantly to almost snatch second at the line catching the leaders all the way to the finish. Another great run by a very honest little horse.
Rinnagree Rosie at Hexham – 29th March
Typically when you want rain there is none to be found, and sadly the ground at Hexham had dried up a little too much for Rinnagree Rosie, and while she still ran a good race and was able to stay on for fifth place, had the ground been softer I think the result may have been quite different. Adrian said that he was only just getting going when everyone else was pulling up!!! Ideally three miles on heavy going is what she needs.
Hexham Races – 17th March. Jude.
Kelso Races – 13th March
The going had dried up nicely since the last meeting here, and was officially good to soft. Berkshire Downs ran in the two mile novice hurdle, ridden by Adam Nicol. It was the first time she has encountered going better that Heavy and she just found the pace over two miles a bit quick and as a result her jumping wasn’t quite so slick. However she still finished in a nice third place, and plenty to look forward to for her, especially when she goes over fences. Cruachan also ridden by Adam ran in the two mile six handicap hurdle but he struggled on the sticky ground and just wasn’t able to come with his late run, he did manage to finish in a nice fourth place, better going will suit him.
Ayr Races, 11th March – Rinnagree Rosie
Rinnagree Rosie as always ridden by Adrian Lane, ran a great race the rain certainly came and the ground was really soft which certainly suits her. She jumped nicely and travelled well in first time cheekpeices but was slightly outpaced when the speed horses got involved, however she powered up the home straight like a rocket and was the strongest finishing horse, to finish a great third place only a few more strides and she would have been second. A lovely return to the track after a weather interrupted winter.
Newcastle – Cadore
Cadore, ridden by Jonathan England ran a nice race to be a very fast finishing fourth, he can tend to be caught a bit flat footed in the early stages of a race but then with plenty of encouragement from his jockey will always be doing his best late on in the race, another great run from him after a weather enforced break, lots to look forward to next time out.
Very sadly on Monday 7th March 2016 my father passed away, peacefully and swiftly. A huge hole has been left at Duncrievie – he was such an important part of the yard here and he will be greatly missed. A service of Thanksgiving is to be held at St. John’s Episcopal church in Perth on 22nd March at 2pm.
Cruachan in the rain
Cruachan ran at Ayr on Tuesday 16th ridden by Jonathon England. What should have been nice soft ground which we were hoping for, had disappeared due to the early arrival of some particularly vile weather and the going was officially Heavy by the time of his race. This is not what he enjoys however despite this he still ran a very game race to finish a nice fourth place. Hopefully the rain will soon stop and he will get the ground that he enjoys.
We had a group of seventeen enthusiastic young jockeys here in the yard on a very chilly but sunny Sunday. There were here for their accreditation which they must have before they are able to ride in pony races. All went well and seemed to have loads of fun and learnt a huge amount too. Good Luck for them all and look forward to seeing them on the track!!
Berkshire Downs – Carlisle 10th Feb
Berkshire Downs ridden by Adam Nicol ran another very solid race, on really horrible ground, officially Heavy but it had been waterlogged in places so you can image it was pretty tough going. She set a good sensible pace and jumped nicely thought out, she was tapped for toe at the bottom of the hill but galloped on strongly all the way to the line. A win will come her way soon, but she’s such an honest horse, five runs this season and four seconds.
This Thyne Jude
This Thyne Jude made her debut for us at Musselburgh, running in a two mile hurdle. Since she arrived in the summer we have spent a good while trying to get her to settle at home, she was very nervous and wanted to go everywhere full speed and had seemed to be much better at home, and hopefully would show the same at the track. She was given a lovely ride by Grant Cockburn, who managed to get her settled really nicely at the back of the field and she stayed on nicely up the home straight to finish in sixth place, a very encouraging run from her and importantly she happy enjoying the mud at home for a couple of days and feeling pleased with herself. Patience has certainly helped her.
Well thats Newcastle, Ayr and Newcastle again all OFF – its such a shame but the ground just is saturated and its still coming down from the sky, we know as we are still getting wet riding out – but horses will be fit and ready to go when we get back racing……………………………………………whenever that may be!!
Silverton – a bit of a mystery
Silverton was the winner of The Best Turned Out award prior to her run over hurdles. However her run was very lacklustre and she was like a horse who didn’t really want to be racing, which is so unlike her. There is clearly something amiss with her, although so far we have failed to find anything and she seems in rude health at home, but we will investigate further and find out what is bothering her. There will be another day with our grey bomber!!!
Ayr 11th November(Rinnagree Rosie)
RINNAGREE ROSIE/ADRIAN LANE also ran in the race with CRUACHAN. Her first race since the end of February. Running to the rear of the field, Rosie appeared comfortable until tiring in the last half mile. Ultimately finishing 9th , it was a promising return for Rosie to racing
Ayr 11th November(Cruachan)
CRUACHAN/ADAM NICOL competed in a Class 4 Handicap Hurdle over 2m5.5f on a Soft track with 12 runners. Racing for the first time since May, Adam was content to settle Cruachan at the rear of the field until after the 4th last. Steady progress was made with Cruachan claiming 3rd spot. A promising return.
Ayr 11th November (Berkshire Downs)
BERKSHIRE DOWNS/ADAM NICOL had her debut hurdle race in a Class5 Maiden Hurdle over 2m4.5f on Soft Going.Jumping well she ran in mid-pack for the first circuit moving to dispute 2nd place early in the second until tiring to finish a creditable 4th. A very promising debut hurdle run.
Sedgefield 10th November
CADORE/JONATHAN ENGLAND competed in a Class 4 Handicap Hurdle over 2m 4f on a drying track that was Good to Soft. Held to the rear of the small group of 6 runners, he was asked to quicken after the 7th, but soon weakened and finished in 6th place
Carlisle 9th November
SILVERTON /ADRIAN LANE competing for the first time since May ran in a Class 4 2m4f Chase over 16 fences, on Going that had become Heavy. Running rather in snatches she held position within the leading group until fading between the 4th/5th last. She was pulled up after the 3rd last
Kelso Saturday 7th November
Racing for the first time in almost 2 years and in her debut Hurdle race JUST ANNIE ridden by GRANT COCKBURN competed in a Novice Hurdle race over 2m 6f on ground that had become Soft. Settled to the rear of the field, Annie started to tire toward the finish and was pulled up before the final hurdle
Badged Musselburgh 5th Nov
Badged was reluctant to race on his first race after a wind op. He made a few mistakes unseating Grant early in the race. It may be that he has memories of bad breathing experiences and will need a couple of races for him to forget that. Possibly back to hurdles next time.
Perth Races — 23rd September
Wednesday The stables sole representative at Perth was Agricultural, who was in the 3 mile Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap Chase. A Class 4 event with 8 runners on a track rhat was Good to Soft. Ridden by Adam Nicol, Agricultural ran strongly from the start taking the lead at about the second fence and continued to lead a well packed field for the first circuit. He was running and jumping well until the 13th fence where unfortunately he managed to unseat Adam.
Ayr Races — 17th Sep
Royal Duchess partnered by Sammy Jo Bell took part in the Class 5 race, the BREWIN DOLPHIN HANDICAP over 7f on Good ground ( Good to Soft in Places), in which there were 14 runners.Duchess fractionally missed the break from Stall 3 but quickly recovered to run in mid-pack in a race run at a good pace with the field well spread for a 7f event. Sammy Jo had the Duchess tight on the rail round the bend to enter the finishing straight and asked for more from the Duchess about 21/2 furlongs out. There was a good response by Duchess but the pair were unable to find the clearest of runs to the finish. Royal Duchess finished 5th just 2 3/4lengths of the winner. Still closing at the finish this was another excellent run from the ever consistent mare.
Open Day – 2015 Video
A video of the proceedings at Open Day is available to view on YouTube. If you attended, you may wish to recap some of the information presented to you regarding prospects for some of the horses or just wish to see how you look on screen. For anyone who missed the Open Day, its a chance to see what you missed. The video can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUNPd-xrHH8
Perth Races 7th September
Strobe ridden by Adam Nicol & Karingo ridden by Adrian Lane both contested the opener. the Strongbow Dark Fruit Handicap Chase, a Class 5 race over 20f with 15 fences on ground riding Good to Firm. There were 8 runners. Karingo made a mistake at the first and fell at the third. His confidence in jumping fences appears to have deserted him and a return to hurdles would be a probable choice. Strobe was taken on for the lead and was obstructed at some of the fences. He appeared to sulk and despite the urging of Adam, he started to drop through the field and was pulled up before the 11th fence. Good to report that both Adrian and Karingo were reported OK after the race. Agricultural ridden by Adam Nicol ran in the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices’ Handicap Chase, a Class 4 race over 3m with 18 fences. there were 6 runners. This was to be the first attempt for Agricultural in a race as far as 3 mile. Throughout the race he ran and jumped well, mainly being in the leading trio but on entering the finishing straight for the final time he was unable to quicken and finished in 5th place,
Newcastle Races 31st August
Two visitors to the Newcastle Course. The first to race was Granite City Doc/Keagan Latham in the vertem.co.uk/EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Race over 7f with 8 runners on Good ground. Doc was held at the back of the pack where he travelled well. He was unable to quicken sufficiently to make a challenge but ran well to the line to finish 6th of the 8 runners. Our next runner was Royal Duchess/Sammy Jo Bell. The partnership making a quick return to racing after their great effort on Friday. The race was the 7f Class 5 PERFECT PARTNERSHIP FILLIES HANDICAP with a field 6 runners.Settled in second spot from the start, Duchess ran her usual enthusiastic race and started to make her effort at the 2f post making repeated efforts to obtain the lead from Desire, who had led throughout the race. Duchess carrying 14lb more than Desire finally had to settle for the second place having pulled almost 4 lengths clear of the 3rd placed horse. Another great race for this partnership, perhaps the clue being in the name of the race.
Open Day -30th August 2015
It was nice to welcome a good number of visitors to the Open Day, which was held to support two charities, The Injured Jockeys Fund and The British Horse Society, Scotland. Unusually for this Summer the weather played its part in providing a pleasant warm rain-free day. In addition to being able to view the horses in their respective boxes, visitors also watched a parade of a number of the horses accompanied by a commentary of their achievements. It is understood that the Charities benefited to the sum of almost £2000. Your support for the Charities, which do such valuable work in the Equine world is much appreciated
Thirsk Races 28th August
Royal Duchess made the long journey from Duncrievie to Thirsk to contest the Class 4 ROA/Racing Post Owners’ Jackpot Handicap over 7f in which there were 9 runners on a track riding Good to Soft. She was ridden by her normal partnerSammy Jo Bell. From the start they were content to settle to the rear of the group and remained there until between the 3f/2f mark, they took much closer order. Duchess was asked to make her challenge around the 1f mark and despite meeting traffic to the line managed to reach third place. Another strong competitive race for a determined horse, who this season has a sequence, which reads -411423 and an upward class move from 6 through to 4.
Perth Races 22nd August
Both Agricultural & Karingo took part in the VISIT MYTOTEPOOOL.COM NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE, a Class 5 race over 20f and 15 fences on a track that was Good. This was Karingo’s debut in a Chase . Agricultural was ridden by Adam Nicol and Karingo by Grant Cockburn. In a race of basically 2 circuits of the Scone Course, the 10 runners remained in reasonable proximity to each other on the first circuit with Agricultural mid-pack and Karingo toward the rear. Early into the second circuit Karingo, whose jumping had not been good, was pulled up. Agricultural continued to run and jump well but as the pace quickened round the final bend, he was unable to go with the leaders and finished unplaced.
Bangor-on-Dee Races 21st August
Strobe made the long journey from Duncrievie to Bangor to compete in the 20f Class4 Mint Staffing Solutions Handicap Chase with 10 runners on a track with Good Going. Partnered with Adam Nicol, Strobe appeared to enjoy his race, racing and jumping well either leading or very close until the 10th of the 15 fences, where he was headed, whilst having a breather.He was back in contention again by the final fence battling to the line with According to Sarah to win by a nose, having left the 3rd placed 7 lengths behind. This was the 13th win of Strobes Racing Career. At the moment it almost goes without saying that he WON the Best Turned Out Award. CONGRATULATIONS going this time to CAROLINE
Hamilton Races 20th August
Remember Rocky partnered by Keagan Latham ran in the 9f Class 4 FAREWELL TO RAY GILPIN SCOTTISH TROPHY HANDICAP on a track that was Good (Good to Soft in places on the loop). Smartly away from the Stalls Rocky ran his usual competitive type of race just off the pace tracking the leaders. Asked to quicken around the 2f mark, Rocky was unable to respond and finished unplaced.
Colt Foal out of Primrose Time by Westerner. Having a quiet morning of relaxation.
A Very Special Treble
Three Horses, Granite City Doc, Remember Rocky & Strobe last week visited three different courses and all ran very creditably. However, turning to the stable yard staff, who are never ones to shout their own praises, a special THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS are due to those involved. Why? All three horses at the respective courses WON Best Turned Out, a record of which to be justifiably proud.
Welcome Home Flossy
A warm welcome was given to an old favourite of the yard, Primrose Time (Flossy) when she returned home from stud in Ireland along with her Westerner colt foal. She was very content to bring her very young son to meet visitors.
WELCOME to THIS THYNE JUDE
Always nice to welcome a new equine member to the racing team. Leased to the yard, THIS THYNE JUDE will represent the LBN Syndicate. She is a relatively lightly raced 7-y-o mare by Silver Patriarch out of a Good Thyne mare. Already moved into the yard, she will have a short period to settle in and then enter full training.
Our Congratulation to Sammy Jo
Sammy Jo, who this flat season has been a regular jockey of our small Flat team, showed yesterday how to grasp an opportunity. when presented to her Called in at the last moment to ride in the Girls Team for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot, Sammy Jo took the opportunity in both hands.Playing a major contribution to the Girls Team, not only enabling them to win the competition for the first time ever but taking away the prize for best individual rider with two wins and a fourth place just beating Jamie Spencer and Kerrin McEvoy.
Carlisle Races 26th July
Two visitors from the yard to Carlisle where the track was Good to Firm. Luck of the draw went adrift, as both yard runners were drawn on the ouside stall in both cases. Megan Carberry partnered Remember Rocky in the 7f 200y bookies.com handicap, Class5 race with a total of 11 runners. A quick exit from the stalls enabled Megan to guide Rocky to fifth place on the rail until the bend on the entry to the final straight. Round the bend the field bunched and for much of the run-in a wall of horses blocked any chance of real progress for Rocky and Megan. At the line they were 8th of the 11 runners.Royal Duchess ridden by Samantha Bell were in the final race of the day the New Racing UK iPad App Handicap, a Class 5 race with 9 runners. A quiet exit from the stalls and Samantha was content to allow Duchess to settle at the back of the pack for the early phase of the race. Duchess was moved out round the entrance to the straight and about the 3 furlong mark was asked to quicken on the wide outside. Briefly, within the final furlong, Duchess was in the lead but was quickly passed by the eventual winner, finishing second beaten by 2 lengths.
Open Day -30th August 2015
Sunday Initial Advice regarding this years OPEN DAY, which will be in support of THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND & THE BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY, SCOTLANDThis is to be a combined event involving also the Yard at Arlary of Lucinda Russell providing a great opportunity to visit both yards. (10 minute drive apart) Further information/details will follow shortly
Ayr Races 13th July
Two entries on a day which had rather more rain than anticipated with the going changing from Good to Soft to Soft early in the afternoon. Congratulations to Libby & Becky, as their respective charges took the Best Turnout Award for their own races. A welcome back to Megan to renew her successful partnership with Rocky and to guide Doc on his introduction to racing; In the first race,Granite City Doc ridden by Megan Carberry was in his debut race, a 7f race with 11 runners including 4 other newcomers. Slow out of the Stalls, Doc lost a fair distance of ground but once racing enthusiastically made up lost ground to take position toward the rear of the pack. Towards the finish he did not have the clearest of runs but showed a good attitude a running his race to the finish. A good learning day for Doc which will be of great benefit in his future career. By the time of the third race the persistent rain had altered the going to soft. this was a 10f Handicap with just 6 runners including Remember Rocky ridden by Megan Carberry Away smartly from the stalls Rocky was settled in the leading trio through the early phase of the race.He the moved into a clear second position before, with 2 furlong to go, he moved into the lead. Over the final furlong he battled with the eventual winner to lose out by an official head. Another good race for a real trier
Ayr Races -5th July
Two horses from the stable travelled to Ayr, where the Going was Good and Good to Soft in places. Our first runner was Wolf Heart ridden by Kevin Lundie(7) in a 10f Class 6 Handicap with 10 runners. Settled in mid-pack for the early part of the race, he kept a position to the outside of other runners, which gave him a trouble free run round the final bend. Ridden from the 1f mark Wolf closed with the leaders and ran on well to what was a very tight finish. After a rather long delay, while th Judge considered the photograph the result was called as a deadheat between Spokesperson and Wolf Heart. Great to see a good honest horse getting his initial win. In the next race, a 1 mile Handicap with 11 runners, Royal Duchess ridden by Samantha Bell(3)was the stable representative. As tends to be her custom, Duchess was relatively slow from the gates and took position on the rails toward the back of the runners. Round the final turn she was held to the rails and began to make progress through the field. Not finding the clearest of passages, the Duchess was still closing at the finish to be placed 4th 4 lengths off the winner. Another good race for the pairing to add to a successful season.
Ayr Races-8th August
Returning to the flat, Strobe ridden by Joey Hayneswere in the 15f J W GRANT BUILDERS MERCHANTS HANDICAP with 9 runners on a track that was Good to Soft. Strobe was soon in the lead from the start and seemed to be content to maintain his position.With 3f to go the challenges came and toward the final furlong appeared to weaken. He finally finished 8th of the 9 runners. He will now be looking to the forthcoming end of Summer/Autumn NH campaign.
Newcastle Races: 6th August
The combination of Granite City Doc/Keegan Latham competed in the 365 BET365 MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN STAKES, a 6f race with 12 runners on a track that was Good. This was the second race for Doc and his exit from Stall 5 was a big improvement on his first race.Throughout the race he travelled well and it will certainly have increased his knowledge of racing.he finished in 9th place, 8 lengths off the winner.
Carlisle Races 3rd August 2015
Running in the second race of the evening meeting,Remember Rocky/Megan Carberry competed in the 9f Fifth Avenue Jewellery Handicap (Pro-Am Lady Riders’ Race) on a track that was Good (Good to Soft in places). Rocky travelled well in 4th of the 8 runners until reaching the final bend, where Megan had to ask for more effort. Rocky was then involved in mid-field skirmishes and, although unable to challenge the first two home, he did well to win a tight 4 way scrap for 3rd place.CONGRATULATIONS to Becky, who again won Best Turned Out with Rocky.