25th April 2019

We have had our final runner for the 2018/2019 season and it was very pleasing to end with a winner at Huntingdon on Monday with Lord Sparky. 

What a season it has been with many highs and very sadly a loss of one of our most progressive horses Captain Cargo.

CROSSPARK has certainly set the season alight with his amazing win in the Eider Chase and then a very honorable 2nd in the Scottish National at Ayr. We are all so proud of him as he has a fairly fragile body which thanks to Rafa from Oakham vets and Tomma his chiropractor has been managed to perfection this season. Tom who does all his canter work and schooling and knows when he is at his best and the rest of our team have all contributed to his success.  He has won 3 races this season and amassed over £100,000 in prize money which has been brilliant for his owner Bill Booth who celebrated his 93rd birthday in March. Thanks also to his jockeys Harry Skelton, Jamie Moore and Sean Bowen who have done such a great job on him.  He goes out in the field tomorrow for a well earned holiday!

Elkstone and Dyliev have both won 3 races and kept improving as the season progressed. Dyliev is on holiday now but Elkstone is nearly ready to run again after a winter break. Lady Master and Lord Sparky won a race each and are now on holiday and will both improve with maturity. Global Domination had a win and Global Dream has run some good races in defeat. We are hoping to run them both again in May before they have a break. 

Captain Cargo won a hurdle race impressively at Warwick and sadly a couple of weeks later became very ill and after a brave fight in Oakham Vets Hospital we lost him to a type of colitis. Very sad for his owner Martin Tucker who had also bred him.

Malapie and Carlo Rocks both need soft ground and have therefore had a disappointing season as it has been so dry since January. Reckless Behavior has lived up to his name and paid a visit to the centre of Uttoxeter after he whipped round and lost his jockey at the start! He is going to have another run shortly. Early Retirement has also lived  up to his name and is being retrained to do another job! Don't Tell The Wife ran well in his first bumper and then disappointed but he is very weak and immature so I am hoping he will fulfil his promise next season when he has filled his frame. Mariners Moon is back in work for a summer campaign having been placed over fences last Summer. The Captain sadly finished lame after his last run at Leicester and will be rested before embarking on a different career.

With our small string we have had some great days and a lot of fun during the past 12 months and huge thanks go to all my staff and our support team for making it all possible. Roll on next season!  smiley  A huge thank you to our owners and jockeys without whom we wouldn't have the success we have.

Point to Point yard

Gerald has had 8 winners so far this season in what has been a very difficult time with such dry weather and therefore fast going. Alex Vaughan-Jones has had a great time with his 3 horses Bardista, Spring Cover and Thomas Shelby

winning 5 races between them. The wonderful Gunmoney (14yrs) managed to have a dead heat in our members race and we are hoping to run him once more before he retires at the end of the season. George Greenock has been placed 2nd on his last 2 rides with Pair of Jacks and will try to get his head in front next time! We have 2 very nice yougsters in The Triple Pillar who won a good maiden race and the 4yr old Go Go Geronimo who was placed 3rd on his first run and only run in a maiden. Both are now on hoiday as watered ground is not ideal to be running young horses on especially as we think they both have bright futures in front of them. Thetalkinghorse has won an Open race and been placed and will hopefully be out again soon, Gibbes Bay has been frustrating and will have a break.

The wonderful GALWAY JACK has been retired after a long and successful career. He has been with us 9 years and never missed a season whether it be Point to Pointing, Hunter Chases or Handicap Chases. He is a great character and always full of enthusiasm for his job and has given Margaret Moody many, mnay happy memories. We all had a tear in our eye when we decided it was time to call it a day and it is lovely to see him happily grazing in the field in front fo the yard.  He will head back to Yorkshire for the Summer before any plans are made for his retirement.

    Galway Jack schooling this year with Tom - still loving every minute of it - both horse and jockey!!! smiley Thank you Jack - we will miss you.  

14th March 2019

In the middle of Cheltenham week and what fabulous racing it has been. I have been an armchair spectator this year which I have really enjoyed as you see the racing so much better. However you do miss the atmosphere  and the thrill of seeing the winners comng in. We are enduring some pretty nasty conditions this week with the very strong winds and occasional violent storms - Not pleasant!

On the racing front we have had a few runners since the last update. Lady Master ran at Leicester and was 4th. She did not like the firmer ground and did not really let herself down. Dyliev and Lord Sparky (Sean Bowen) went to Huntingdon on Sunday 3rd March. Dyliev WON AGAIN  this time coming with a flying run to the last and winning a bit more comfortably. The handicapper has not been so lenient this time with a 10lb hike! Lord Sparky was having his first run ever in a 2 mile hurdle race.. He took time to warm up but as the race progressed his jumping got quicker and he stayed on well to finish a creditable 4th.  A great start.

The Captain ran at Leicester on 8th March but sadly pulled up sore and has an injury which will keep him out for some time. Global Dream (Harry Skelton) ran at Warwick on 10th March in a 3m 5f Chase. He travelled and jumped very well for a long way and finished a good 3rd - probably behind better handicapped horses! He is running really well and deserves to pick up a race in the near future.

On the point to pointing front Alex Vaughan-Jones continues his run of form, winning on Spring Cover at Horseheath and 2nd on Bardista. .Not quite such a good day at Dalton Park last weekend where Thomas Shelby was 3rd and Pair of Jacks (George Greenock) pulled up. It was Geralds first visit to Dalton Park and as always the Yorkshire Area made everyone very welcome.

This weekend we are back in local territory at the Oakley where we hope to have a few runners. 

25th February 2019

     CROSSPARK jumping the last at Newcatle on Saturday. smiley What a difference a week makes! After the tragic loss of Captain Cargo last weekend we all had to pull together and move forward. 

Crosspark certainly put the smiles back on our faces with the most tremendous run to win the Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday. He was given a great ride by Jamie Moore who settled him in mid div on the inside for the first 3 miles. He then crept into the race and jumped the last upsides. He then had to battle up the run in to win by a neck. We are all absolutely thriled and a great win for his Owner Bill Booth who will turn 93 in the next week or so. Many thanks go to all my staff, farriers, vets and Tomma for getting him there in such brilliant form.  

On Thursday last week we ran Dyliev and The Captain at Huntingdon, both ridden by Sean Bowen. Dyliev WON again after being given the ultimate waiting ride by Sean who just produced her half way up the run in to win by a head. She jumped very well and is really progressing in the right direction.

                  Dyliev after her win on Thursday smiley

The Captain finished 4th in a Handicap Chase. We put blinkers on him for the first time and they certainly helped him concentrate and travel better. Hopefully we are still making progress and heading in the right direction.

Global Dream (Harry Skelton) ran at Warwick on Friday. He ran a cracking race on ground which was a little quick for him and only got beaten 1/2 length to finish a very good 2nd. He will benefit when we hopefully get some softer ground.

We took Don't Tell The Wife to Newcastle to run in the bumper. He was a bit disappointing but didn't seem to let himself down on the unfamilair all weather surface.

Yesterday we all went to the Cottesmore point to point where Gerald ran 4 of his point to pointers. The Triple Pillar (Tom) ran a great race to finish 2nd in the Maiden, with Spring Cover (Alex Vaughan-Jones) finishing 3rd. There will be better days for Pair of Jacks and Gibbes Bay. 

There were plenty of celebrations with friends at the boot of cars and we were the last to leave at the end of the day!!! We really appreciate all the messages, phone calls and support we have had since Saturday. A few sore heads this morning but all in to work!!  

Finally many congratulations to Alex Vaughan-Jones who finished 2nd in the Golden Button Cross Country race out ot 62 starters. A great achievement riding a horse we used to train called Gorran Haven. He wasn't competetive when he was racing but is absolutely loving his new career hunting and running in cross country races.

18th February 2019

We have just endured a difficult and frustrating time in racing but hopefully everything is now back on track and the Equine Flu has been contained and and we can all move on.

We are all devastated in the yard as we lost our most progresssive horse Captain Cargo at the weekend. He became ill on Thursday afternoon and was taken to Oakham Vets Hospital for treatment.. Unfortunately his health deteriated and he lost his fight early on Sunday morning. Our deepest sympathies go to his owner Martin Tucker who also bred him. Known in the yard as Rascal he was a lovely straightforward horse with his future in front of him. My thanks go to my staff and to Oakham Vets for looking after him so well. He will be hugely missed by us all. 

Lady Master and The Captain both ran at Leicester last Thursday. Lady Master (Sean Bowen) ran another solid race, jumping well and finishing a good 2nd. She continues to gain confidence with her jumping and I'm sure will be winning again soon.  The Captain (Sean) finished 3rd but was a bit disappointing in that he didn't travel at all well in the early stages. He stayed on well at the finish and we may have to go back up in trip with him.

Global Domination ran at Huntingdon yesterday.  The race was run totally wrong for him as they went off very fast and he could never get into any rythym and consequently his jumping let him down. 

On Saturday Gerald ran 4 point to pointers at Horseheath. They all ran with great credit. Gunmoney showed no signs of feeling his age (14!) , giving John Russell a great ride, finishing 2nd in the fastest time fo the day. Thetalkinghorse won the Mens Open under Tom McClorey -  he looked like winning easily until idling up the runin to win by a head! Alex Vaughan Jones then followed with 2 great rides on his horses. Thomas Shelby finished a gallant 2nd in the restricted and Bardista won the maiden. 

All last weeks runners came back safe and sound. Likely runners this week are Dyliev, The Captain, Reckless Behavior, Global Dream, Don't Tell The Wife and Crosspark who may be taking his chance in the Eider at Newcastle on Saturday.

 

 

 

 6th February 2019

A few photos schooling yesterday and today:

                                

Galway Jack (Tom)                            Pair of Jacks (George Greenock)                Malapie (India)

                                 

Don't Tell The Wife (Ellie)         Captain Cargo (Tom) & Dyliev (Sam Lee)   Global Dream (Tom) & Carlo Rocks (Sam)

                    

Lord Sparky (Sam Lee) . A 5yr old who only arrived last week.  His first school with us went well - he has been produced and educated by Richard and Sophie Walker and they have done a great job which makes our life much easier! He will hopefully be ready to run in a hurdle race in a few weeks time. 

   From this to this - 

"Chilly" is an as yet unnamed 4 year old by Great Pretender. This was his first jumping lesson on grass, having done some pole work in the outdoor school. He is so willing and a quick learner - well done Tom for giving him so much confidence.

A few runners from tomorrow so hope theri good form continues!!                 

 

3rd February 2019

Firstly HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Secondly huge apologies for such a long time since the latest update. I have been very lax with the updates but have had a lot going on which included my Mum being very poorly.. Thankfully she is much better now and is out and about again.

A brief resume on our horses performances. CROSSPARK ran a brilliant race in the Classic Chase at Warwick to finish a very respectable 3rd. He is going to have an entry in the Eider chase at Newcastle as he seems to appreciate running off a low weight and he is staying well now he has settled better.  CAPTAIN CARGO has improved with every run and it was thrilling to see him win at Warwick. He will remain over hurdles for this season but we are looking forward to him going over fences next year.  DYLIEV also had a win at Warwick and we are pleased to have found the key to her. GLOBAL DOMINATION (2nd) and GLOBAL DREAM (4th) have both run well recently and should be back to winning ways soon. MALAPIE and CARLO ROCKS will appreciate much softer ground than we have had so far this season. LADY MASTER and RECKLESS BEHAVIOR are still gaining experience over fences. THE CAPTAIN had a wind operation just before Christmas and ran much better in a very hot Novice Chase at Leicester. I was delighted with his jumping in his first chase and he should be competetive back in handicap company. DONT TELL THE WIFE had his first run in a bumper a couple of weeks ago and i was very happy with his run. He ran very green when they quickened turning for home but still finished well. Sadly EARLY RETIREMENT looks to be taking just that! He seems to have completely lost his enthusism for racing at the moment so Tom is taking him hunting which he is really enjoying. He has plenty of ability which makes it even more frustrating!

A few of the point to pointers have had a run and Alexander Vaughan-Jones rode the first winner from Geralds yard on Thomas Shelby at Thorpe last week. Gibbes Bay, The Triple Pillar, Bardista and Spring Cover have all run well and the rest of the yard will be coming out in the next 2-3 weeks.

 

9th December 2018

2 WINNERS This week smiley Crosspark and Lady Mastersmiley

Another busy week with some mixed results! Crosspark went to Southwell on Tuesday in a 0-140 handicap hurdle. I ran him back over hurdles as he had a 7lb lower handicap mark.  He was given a great ride by Harry Skelton who knows him well and produced him to lead going to the last and he battled all the way to the line. Thrilled for his owner Bill Booth.

Gerald took The Captain to Fakenham and we expected a good run from him. Sadly he stopped quickly again and we are looking at what might be ailing him - very disappointing for his connections as we really like him and are hoping for better results.

Dyliev ran at Leicester on Thursday and ran no sort of race. I think the slow early gallop didn't suit and we plan to try again this week, taking the hood off and riding her nearer to the pace. She is another who works well at home!

On Friday Malapie travelled down to Exeter to try out a longer trip. Tom rode him and on the whole he jumped well. It was a shame they took 4 fences out as he got a bit outpaced when there were no jumps. He didn't appear to stay the extra 6 furlongs as he stopped very quickly going to the 4th last. 

On Saturday I ran Lady Master in her first chase up at Wetherby. She has always loved her jumping and is a big scopey mare so was always going to find fences easier than hurdles. David Bass (his first winner for us) gave her a lovely ride and rode her just as I had asked.giving her plenty of daylight and taking his time. It was not the greatest race by any means but she won it well. Delighted for Peter Dixon Smith who has had to listen to me telling him she would make a better chaser and he needed to be patient!! Peter bred Lady and she is a half sister to his useful chaser Noble Legend so hopefully there will be a lot more fun to be had.

This weeks entries are Global Domination Uttoxeter, Dyliev Leicester, Reckless Behavior Warwick and Early Retirement Bangor. Decisions on running plans will be made nearer the time. 

 

24th November 2018

smiley WINNER : CROSSPARK smiley   Last Saturday Crosspark had his first run of the season ridden by Harry Skelton. He had dropped down the handicap from last season and put up an impressive performance to win by 16 lengths. A great credit to the team as he is not the easiest to keep right and we all put a lot of work into him. Hope the handicapper is right as he has put him up 12 lbs which seems very harshsad

Lady Master (James Bowen) also ran at Uttoxeter and I was dissappointed with her run. She is better than that and I think we may now go over fences as she is a very big mare and jumps well. 

On Tuesday Troufion and Reckless Behavior ran at Southwell. Troufion (Gina Andrews) had missed a year and I feel was just very ring rusty - not easy with these big horses being unable to work on the grass. Reckless Behavior (Robbie Dunne) travelled really well until 4 out and then faded rapidly - dissappointing and may need to go back in trip.

 Troufion and Reckless well turned out by India  

Malapie and Global Domination make their seasonal reappearances at Uttoxeter tomorrow.

A few of the point to pointers/Hunter Chasers having some fun this morning! 

                       

Alex Vaughan-Jones :   Bardista               Thomas Shelby                                  Spring Cover

                  

John Russell : Easythingsarebest and Gunmoney

                   

Tom  :  Galway Jack                          Our Milly Acres                               The Triple Pillar

Schooling yesterday

                 

Gibbes Bay - Kyran                         Carlo Rocks - Tom                      Giveaway - Tom   

              

Malapie - India                             Don't Tell The Wife - Ellie           Carlo Rocks - Mason 

 

 

 

 

10th November 2018 

We have had a few runners this week with mixed results!   McCabe Creek (Tom) ran at Huntingdon last Sunday. Sadly he showed little enthusiasm for the game and we have decided to retire him from racing fit and sound. His part owner Kim has found him a new home and he will be leaving us tomorrow. We wish him well in his new career.  

                                  

McCabe Creek - photos taken by local photographer James McNaught for his portfolio.

On Thursday we ran Elkstone and Mariners Moon at Market Rasen. I think both ran a little flat and their long campaigns over the Summer has caught up with them. Elkstone has won 3 Chases and gone up 28lbs for those successes! Mariners Moon has run some good races and given his owners some good fun days and he fully deserves to win a race or two next season.

Yesterday Captain Cargo (Sean Bowen) ran at Warwick in a  3m2f novice hurdle. He ran another very solid race, jumping well and stayed on to finish a good 2nd to the favorite. He is still learning and improving and I am looking forward to getting him over a fence in due course. 

We jumped a few this morning after overnight rain but we could still do with some more to enable us to gallop on the grass.

           

Crosspark -  Tom                                          Troufion  -  Kyran                                    Dyliev  -  Tom

This week we plan to run Dyliev at Huntingdon on Tuesday and Crosspark and Lady Master at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Not enough rain for Carlo Rocks who has an entry.

The point to point yard is filling up and the horses are cantering now. We would like to send some hunting but are waiting for the ground to improve as it is still firm on the grass. What a bizarre weather pattern we have at the moment!  

.26th October 2018

A very good day at Southwell yesterday which would have been even better with a winner! 

Sean Bowen rode our three runners Early Retirement, Captain Cargo and Reckless Behavior.  Early Retirement ran in his first chase over three miles. I was delighted with his jumping and he travelled well throughout. Unfortunately he met the last fence all wrong which allowed the winner to get away quicker. A very good second and looks as though he should be progressive over fences.

Captain Cargo was having his first run in England having run in 2 point to points in Ireland last Spring. He had run on heavy ground on both occasions and showed much improved form on the better ground yesterday. Delighted with his run to finish third in a 3 mile novice hurdle. He will be a chaser in time but it is good to get a bit more experience over hurdles first.

Reckless Behavior ran in a competetive 21/2 mile handicap hurlde. He jumped very well and was still in contention when he got a bit  short of room turning into the straight and had to go wide. He finished 5th but was only beaten 6 lengths and we now have the option of hurdles or fences. He will appreciate slightly softer ground.

We didn,t run Lady Master as i didn't feel she was quite ready yet - another couple of weeks and Crosspark will wait for more give in the ground. No runners for a week or so - really need rain for some of them!

22nd October 2018

Elkstone wins again. smiley   Elkstone won his third race of the season yesterday at Kempton Park. He jumped and travelled really well throughout the race and stayed the three miles well. James Bowen rode him as Sean and Robbbie were riding at Sedgefield and gave him a great ride as he is not easy! What great fun we have had with him this Summer/Autumn and thanks go to our team for keeping him so fresh and well, especially Kyran who rides him in all his work.  smiley.

The Captain (Robbie Dunne) and Mariners Moon (Aiden Coleman) ran at Southwell on 10th October. The Captain ran very well for a long way but stopped very quickly before 2 out. I was disappointed at the time but we found he was not quite right afterwards so have a few things to work on. Mariners Moon did not stay three miles so will be going back in trip for his next run. Dyliev (Sean Bowen) ran at Huntingdon last week, I was pleased how she travelled into the race and her jumping was good. She just needed the run as she had a good blow afterwards - many of the opposition were race fit having run through the summer. 

Early Retirement, Lady Master, Captain Cargo and Reckless  Behavior are entered at Southwell on Thursday and Crosspark Cheltenham on Friday. We will have to look at  the going as no rain is in the forcast for the next week.     

      

Early Retirement (Tom)                               Carlo Rocks (Kyran)                                 Malapie (Tom)

         

Captain Cargo (Kyran)                                   Crosspark (Tom)                                    Reckless Behavior (Ellie)   

            

    Elkstone (Kyran)                                                                 Lady Master (Tom)

 1st October 2018

September has flown by and we are still very dry everywhere. Not going to be easy to get the winter horses started as going is likely to be quick for a bit longer.

We ran our three Summer jumpers last week. Mariners Moon (Sean Bowen) ran at Warwick on  Wednesday in a 21/2 mile handicap chase. He jumped and travelled really well and looked as though he would get that elusive win but just got run out of it up the run in to be beaten a neck. We were all delighted with his run and hopefully he can go again fairly soon while the going is good. 

McCabe Creek (Tom McClorey) ran at Worcester on Friday. There was plenty of pace up front and he was unable to front run as he likes to do. He was close up three from home and then faded to finish 4th. A nightmare journey home as roads closed and blocked everywhere. 

Elkstone  (Sean Bowen) went to Market Rasen in a very competetive 2m 3f handicap chase. They went a very fast gallop on the quick ground and with his 10lb rise in the handicap he was unable to quicken through the field. He still finished a respectable 6th. Sean thinks he may need further now he is running in better class races with more weight. Pleased to say all three horses returned from their races fit and well. 

Tom and Faye's wedding was a wonderful occasion and and the celebrations went on long into the night. A long day as many of the jockeys had fitted in a mornings Autumn hunting beforehand - including Tom !

Sadly on Thursday we attended the funeral of Tom's grandmother, Caroline Gibbs. Caroline was a great lady and loved watching the racing when Tom was riding. She had a share in a couple of point to pointers with us several years ago and we had a lot of fun with them. Our condolences to her daughters Jo Messenger and Etta Maddocks Wright and her grandchildren. 

On Friday evening Rowan Cope and Dickie Barrett organised a surprise dinner for Mum. They had invited many of the lads who had  worked and /or ridden for us over the years. A great evening and Mum really enjoyed it! Thankfully not all the stories of their antics were told!

    

A few horses jumping this morning

   

County Road                              Getaway                                Reckless Behavior                        Crosspark

 

 

14th September 2018

Mariners Moon ran finished 4th at Southwell. He is putting some consistent runs together and I am hoping he will get his head in front very soon. He will go back over fences in a couple of weeks. Mccabe Creek ran at Stratford and also finished 4th. He was very fresh and was just doing a bit too much early in the race. Apart from one mistake he jumped well for Tom. I maybe made a mistake taking the hood off him and it will go back on for his next run in a week or so.  

A few more photos of the horses on the all weather, getting plenty of work into them now but will soon really need some rain.

               

       Carlo Rocks            County Road          Captain Cargo             Crosspark                 Don't tell the Wife

                

  Early Retirement       Elkstone                  Global Domination         Malapie             Getaway 6yr old & Lady Master

  Reckless Behavior                 

                                                                   Edward Elgar out Autumn Hunting on Monday and having a jump round the farm the day before. We are educating him to do another job as he has let us know he has had enough of racing. He enjoyed his day and will be going out again tomorrow.  

On Tuesday Tom and I went over to collect the Great Pretender 3 year old we had bought at Doncaster Sales. Jamie Goss has broken him in and Tom had a sit on him there and they went for a canter on the new all wether canter at Edgecote. We were delighted with the job Jamie has done with him and very happy with his progress. We will now continue his education with us.    Tom and "Chilly" on the all weather at Edgecote

smileyFinally I would like to send Tom Messenger and Faye Conway our very best wishes for their Wedding Day tomorrow. Tom rode plenty of winners for us when he was a jockey and Faye worked for me for about 3 years. Tom is now enjoying his role as Assistant Trainer to Dan Skelton and Faye rides out there and also successfully trains a few point to pointers.  I hope you both have a wonderful day and a very Happy future together.

4th September 2018

I didn't run McCabe Creek at Sedgefield last week as the going was quite firm. He is going to run at Stratford this Saturday - he is very fresh and well and we are hoping for a good run. Tom will be riding - he goes very well for Tom and his 7lbs off top weight is a great help. Mariners Moon runs at Southwell tomorrow. The only reason he is back over hurdles is that there are no suitable chases until the end of the month. We are trying him over further and with a tongue tie on so it will be interesting to see how he copes. Elkstone has been given a hefty hike by the handiapper after his win last week - up 10lbs !! Lets hope the handicapper is right and he is still improving!

     

Dyliev                                       Lady Master                           The Captain                           Captain Cargo   

Lady Master returned to the yard yesterday looking very well. She has summered with Richard Walker and he has done about six weeks work with her. 

I enjoyed a couple of days at Burghley Horse Trials. What a beautiful setting and aided by some lovely sunshine it was most enjoyable. I always enjoy time keeping on the x country - it is interesting to see the great variations of bits and bridles used and noting how fit the horses are and how they finish.           

29th August 2018

Elkstone wins again smileysmiley

Elkstone continued his run of good form by winning at Stratford last night. He was ridden by Robbie Dunne who came in as a late substitute for Sean Bowen who was sore from a fall schooling in the morning. Robbie had ridden him for us in his earlier wilder days and it was good to be able to repay him for his endeavors with a win. A great effort from all the team to produce him in such good form.

 Elkstone grazing and rolling in the paddock this morning 

 

25th August 2018

        

Mariners Moon (Tom) and McCabe Creek (Kyran)                                       Elkstone (Tom)       

Mariners Moon ran at Bangor on Monday 20th August in his first Novice Chase. James Bowen rode him as Sean was on holiday (a Ban!). We were very pleased with his jumping and he stayed on well at the finish so I think with experience under his belt he will be competetive in chases. He has settled so much better so we may run him over a bit further next time.

Elkstone is going to run at Stratford on Tuesday in a Novice Handicap Chase and McCabe Creek is likely to make the trip to Sedgefield on Thursday in a 2 mile Handicap Chase. They are both fresh and well and had a school last week (above photos). A busy week ahead as it is also Burghley Horse Trials this coming week and I shall be time keeping on Saturday for the cross country.

Global Domination has returned to the yard looking  very well and Lady Master is due back next week. The winter horses are doing plenty of steady cantering now to build them up and will be doing some jumping in the school next week.

15th August 2018

The horses are doing some steady canter work now and some work in the school.

                   

      Carlo Rocks                Dyliev, County Road & Malapie            Edward Elgar

           

 

          Don't Tell The Wife                        6yr old by Getaway       The Captain, Dyliev & Early Retirement

 

        Mariners Moon (Tom)

Mariners Mooon has an entry in a Novice Handicap Chase at Bangor on Dee on Monday. Tom schooled him  yesterday on the grass and we were very pleased with his jumping. He will have another school at the end of the week and if we are happy we plan to run. It will be his first run over fences. 

10th August 2018

We had a day at Doncaster Sales on Wednesday. Gerald bought a lovely 3yr old by Great Pretender out of a Midnight Legend mare. He is a strong, free moving horse. He has returned to Jamie Goss to be broken in as he had produced him  for the sale and knows him well.

    Great Pretender 3yr old (with Jamie Goss) at the sales

6th August 2018

The National Hunt Horses have come back in from their Summer holidays.

It has been so hot and dry but the horses have done amazingly well and look in very good shape to begin their work for the Autumn.

We have Crosspark, Malapie, Mariners Moon, County Road, Troufion, Elkstone, Dyliev, McCabe Creek, The Captain, Early Retirement, Carlo Rocks, Captain Cargo,Edward Elgar and Dont Tell the Wife in work. Global Domination and Lady Master are pre training elsewhere and will be returnng shortly. 

   a peaceful morning for the horses at rest!

Elkstone - a Winner at last!smiley

Elkstone enjoying a pick of grass the day after his win at Market Rasen in July.

After enduring a very frustrating campaign we finally managed to get his head home in front under a great ride from Sean Bowen.  We have slightly altered his training regime and Kyran and Tom have managed to get him much more settled in his home work. He followed up with another great run back at Market Rasen on Sunday 5th August. Under a well timed run from Sean he did get his head in front up the run in only to be passed again on the run to the post. A thrilling time for his quartet of owners who have been very patient and endured more lows than highs!!!