We’ve been busy over the last couple of weeks. We now have 4 new horses! Paddy and Luke, both 3 year olds who need to be broken and produced. Palixandre and Scullys Forge who are both 5, Palixandre has already raced over hurdles and Scullys Forge has been point-to-pointing in Ireland. All 4 of them have settled in well and we have thrown ourselves into breaking Paddy and Luke whilst Scullys Forge is enjoying a few weeks off and Palixandre is being eased into work and life in Aberdeenshire.
We have also had runners at Kelso and Hexham. Lovely Schtuff and Whoa Black Betty went to Kelso on 26th May. Lovely Schtuff was having his first run back after his wind operation, he was much improved and finished in 2nd which shows great promise. We will be looking to run him again soon as he recovered well and is fit. Whoa Black Betty made her debut in the bumper, for her first race she showed great enthusiasm and just couldn’t keep up with the pace towards the finish ending up in 6th but this was very encouraging for her first run and she is a very cool lady!
We then had Highland Peak at Hexham on 1st June. He ran in his usual fashion, jumping well and with the front group however also couldn’t keep up with the pace on softer ground than he would ideally like but still finished in a creditable third.
We have entries for Perth on Sunday at their gold cup meeting. Welcome Ben and Kilfinan Bay are both entered however the ground is looking to be softer than Welcome Ben would like with more rain expected.
Pictured below: Paddy posing in the yard, Luke standing handsomely, Palixandre looking out his stable, Scullys Forge in the field, Lovely Schtuff going over a fence mid race, Whoa Black Betty in action (green colours), Highland Peak and Jackie after his race and a video of some of the boys enjoying their summer holidays in the field