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Crisp and bright at Perth today but thankfully the wind dropped and a decent crowd enjoyed an exciting afternoon of competitive racing.  Kinneston fortunes were mixed with everything happening too quickly for Left Back in the opener, he’s a 17hh chaser in the making and the good ground and sharp track caught him out, his […]

26 April 2017|

Perth tomorrow

Exceptionally cold for the time of year with a bitterly cold North wind blowing in occasional flurries of snow.  Not what we expect for the spring Festival that opens the season at Perth tomorrow; we have four declared runners on ground that has been well watered and is likely to be on the soft side […]

25 April 2017|

Ayr, Perth & John Cockburn

Cool, breezy and remaining dry today with no sign of rain imminent, irrigators in action on the racecourses and would be no surprise to see them make an early appearance here on the farm after the driest April on record.

Ayr’s two day Scottish National Festival kicks off today and they have some fantastic racing lined […]

21 April 2017|

Back at base – a brief news roundup

Cool today, a strong North West wind has been blowing for a few days and due to continue, conditions are now exceptionally dry and watering the racetracks prevails. The upside of all that is the farm goes into the growing season in great shape and we have our “riverbank” gallop back in action a month […]

12 April 2017|

Kelso and King Arthur!

Wow! What a magnificent result at Aintree on Saturday, precisely what is needed to set jump racing in Scotland alight ahead of the excellent fixtures coming up at Kelso, Ayr and Perth.  Well done to all at team Arlary along with owners Debs and Belinda and Derek for a masterful ride, all richly deserved and […]

9 April 2017|

Aintree time!

A glorious spring morning, a wonderful day for exercising horses, working on the all weather first lot, on the grass second lot and some schooling third lot for Monday runners and the point-to-pointers. Slightly weary after an exciting few days, Kit had a fantastic spin in the Foxhunters on Top Cat Henry, leading the field […]

8 April 2017|

Prospects for Carlisle, Aintree and a review of Kelso

Dry, breezy & cool today and tomorrow we head off down the west coast to Carlisle for one runner followed by another at Aintree on Thursday.  Conditions drying quickly and we are hoping for good to soft at Carlisle where we run Calivigny in the 4.05, Lucy rides and 8 run.

He ran well here over course […]

4 April 2017|

Kelso tomorrow – a busy day looms….

A fine spring day, cool but bright sunshine and the grass is growing.  Fun point-to-pointing yesterday and good results with Royal Chatelier dead-heating in the Novice & Veterans Riders race under Jamie and Kit having a winner and 2nd from his two rides.

Back down the road to Kelso tomorrow where we have six declared runners […]

2 April 2017|

Hexham, Up Helly Aa King and Friars Haugh.

Mild and breezy today, a few showers about but fine spring weather.  Not the day we wanted at all at Hexham on Tuesday; a race too many for The Bishop who never really got into it but plugged on to be 4th and a serious injury for Up Helly Aa King who was pulled up […]

31 March 2017|

Kelso, Hexham & Rossini’s Dancer again!

A glorious spring morning after a lovely weekend, very warm racing on Saturday especially at Kelso; 18 degrees to be precise – a far cry from the snow and ice of earlier in the week and some horses were caught out by it and finished distressed, hardly surprising but symptomatic of the topsy turvy weather […]

27 March 2017|