Peter Toole giving Mr Big a school ahead of the Vine & Craven Meet at the Malt on Saturday!

Air Force One
Had us all
excited for a moment on Sunday with a good front running performance, where his
jumping returned to its best. However he did weaken very quickly 3 out, he
maybe just thinking about it too much at the moment. He has come home from his
race fine.
3yo Chesnut Gelding
Is the most
enormous horse for a 3 year old, although flat bred he looks made for a fence.
He finished 3rd in France in July ridden by Olivier Peslier who
Charlie has spoken to, he thought he was a nice horse. We have just been
steadily hacking him away at the moment.
He worked
nicely yesterday upsides his usual partner Prolinx. Paul was very happy with him;
he thought he was doing it a lot more easily. He does look at lot straighter
now. He schooled very professionally this morning, however he is crying out for
a fence. He holds entries and Lingfield and Fontwell next week.
Big Jer
I rode him
yesterday in a piece of work with Stoney Silence. It really is amazing how much
he has come on in the last few months. He is using himself well and has
developed a nice top line. He schooled well over the fixed brush fences this
morning, he is definitely a chaser in the making.
Duke of Monmouth
Has the
most amazing skin on him at the moment and really looks to have filled out so
much in the last few months. He is very fresh, so much so that it is difficult
to leg people up on him! He did a nice piece of work yesterday with Who Owns Me
and should be out on the racecourse again soon.
Enter Paradise
He has come
out of the race incredibly well. We thought he ran a blinder, unfortunate just
to get beaten on the line by a nice horse of Evan Williams. The obvious thing
to take away from the race is that he does need further. We will get him fresh
again and run him again in a few weeks.
Feisty Lass
she is still throwing a few coughs, we took a scope from her that informed us
she has a little infection, the vets are not too worried about it. Hopefully it
won’t take to long to get her back in full swing.
Fine Parchment
‘Took The Mick’
last week at Bangor, he needs to be ridden handy. Personally I would re apply
the cheek pieces. My suspicion of this was confirmed when I couldn’t hold him
up the gallops yesterday morning.
King Arthur
3yo Chesnut Gelding
He came
over from Germany last week from Mario Hofer the trainer of the German Derby
winner this year, Air Force One also came from him. So far he has been a very
pleasant horse to deal with. He eats well and is a pleasure to ride. We
schooled him this morning and he looks to be a natural, he comes from jumping
bloodlines. He is an exciting prospect for a juvenile/novice hurdling campaign.
Lord of House
He experienced
a very frustrating race at Uttoxeter on Saturday. They crawled along then
sprinted for home, tactics which in no way played to his favour. He did jump
well and Noel reported that he dealt well with the very soft ground. He has
come out the race absolutely fine, we hope to get him out again soon.
Maringo Bay
Remains in
his usual routine and is in very good spirits. We are just waiting for an
obvious race to pop up as he has completely recovered from his race at
Masked Man
He is on
the walker until Sunday, just to allow him time to fully recover from his
wind-op, I certainly won’t be the first to ride him on Monday morning-he looks
fresher everyday!
He is in
really good order at home. He did a strong piece of work yesterday and schooled
very well this morning, although with a little too much enthusiasm! We won’t
worry about this too much as he obviously loving it! He could head to Newbury
next Friday for a Novice Hurdle.
Seventh Sky
He has
completely recovered from his mild infection. He is now slowly moving back into
his routine. Peter has been riding him lots lately as they seem to get on very
well. Charlie hopes to get a bit of work into him on Saturday.
Shocking Times
He ran a
really nice race at Taunton last Thursday. There looked to be obvious
improvement for the step up in trip and a fence. I would be hopeful of him
having a big chance next time out. The Handicapper gave him a 3lb rise.
Stoney Silence
Sam Thomas
worked him yesterday morning and really liked him. He described him as ‘green
as grass’ but he has a great attitude and will be a really exciting horse when
the penny drops. He went for a nice walk today.
Strictly Rose
She has
thrown a bit of a splint on the off fore, it is going the right way but she is
on the easy list for the moment.
Surrey Dream
He gave Aimee
the thrill of her life yesterday riding in her first race, it turned out to be
a successful day as both horse and rider returned home safely. They could both head
to Southwell on the 27th for another spin on the flat.
Van Diemens Land
He is very
much back in his usual routine. He is eating well and I am very happy with him.
Sam schooled him yesterday and said he went very well. He had a walk round the
roads today.
Victor Leudorum
It is great
to have Victor back in the yard with us after giving us so much fun in the
summer. He has returned in his usual energetic manner. He is cantering up the
bank, and looks to have come back from his break a bigger stronger horse. This
bodes well for a Novice Chasing campaign.
Western King
He is ready
to get back on the track again. He has worked well and schooled very well
today. He is bouncing out of his skin. He holds and entry for Ascot on
Saturday, it doesn’t look like a bad race-there could be easier options.
Who Owns Me
The plan is
to head to Exeter on Sunday, which he is in flying form for. He is another one that
did a really solid piece of work yesterday and jumped well this morning. I
would be hopeful of a good run from him.
3yo Bay Gelding
brought him at the Newmarket Horses in Training sale, we have since gelded him
which he has taken well. He will start hacking away next week. He had a rating
of 90 on the flat.

Airforce One
We have
been continuing to vary his routine, he has been enjoying spending a few days
going up ‘the home’ which is some grass near the ‘back of the hill’, which we
have been able to use due to the rain. I still think a spin over hurdles is
what he needs although it is proving difficult to find a race for him. Charlie
has entered him in the Southern National on Sunday, but Fontwell could be a bit
tight for him.
Sam Thomas
came in to ride him again this morning; he was delighted with the progress he
had made since he last sat on him. He continues to think he is an exciting
prospect for a fence.
Big Jer
I rode him
this morning and was very impressed with how much he had come on lately. I rode
him upsides Who Owns Me and Stoney Silence on ‘the bank’ and he gave me a
really good feel. He is still a horse we have to take our time with.
Duke of Monmouth
A great
performance last Wednesday at Warwick to knock in our first winner from
Neardown. He has come out of the race well, and seems to already be fresh
again! He has matured a lot more from last year, where it would have taken him
more time to recover.
Enter Paradise
He heads of
to Ludlow tomorrow where I think he has a really good chance. However 2m 5f could
be just a bit short for him.
Feisty Lass
She has
been going very well at home, we have stepped up her work and she impressed us
with her first piece of work on the grass on the ‘back of the hill’. She
coughed a few times yesterday but her bloods have come back all clear.
Fine Parchment
I have just
watched him run a very disappointing race at Bangor, as yet we have no obvious
reason for it. Hopefully something will come to light.
Lord of House
Sam Thomas
rode him in a piece of work this morning up the ‘back of the hill’ with Surrey
Dream. He was delighted with him. He is entered in a 2m Novice Hurdle at Uttoxeter
on Saturday which looks to be the race for him.
Low Gales
I have just
been on the phone to Iffy who was at the races with him today, he has taken a horrific
fall. He said he is a little stiff and shaken but as of yet there does not look
to be any major damage. We will know more in the morning.
Maringo Bay
Ran a good
race at Towcester last Thursday, in what looked to be a very hot race. Noel was
very happy with him and said it was the ground that beat him; he could do with
it softer and would benefit from going the other way round.
Masked Man
breathing problem came back to haunt him on Saturday. Therefore he went for a Wind-Operation
on Tuesday, I have just returned from picking him up from the vets, he still
looks very well.
He has
really started to come into himself lately. He is bigger and stronger than he
was this time last year and will just take a bit more work to get him where we
want him, ensuring he is fit and ready for the track.
Seventh Sky
Thrown a few
coughs in the last few days so we took a blood from him. It has shown a very
mild infection, we will give him a few easy days. The vet has assured us it is
nothing to worry about; it is such a shame as he is working so well.
Shocking Times
tomorrow over fences for the first time and an increased trip of 2m 7f. The
plan is to have him out in front from the start. He is in good order at home.
Stoney Silence
He did a
nice bit with Big Jer this morning with Gavin on him, as ever he impressed us
with the ease in which he did it. He is continuing to take his work well.
Strictly Rose
She is
continuing to do some nice canters; she seems straight forward and has a good
attitude. We have not asked anything too much from her yet.
Surrey Dream
He is still
in great form and continues to impress who ever rides him, Peter has been
getting on with him particularly well and rode him again this morning in a
strong piece of work with Lord of House. He will be entered tomorrow for Lingfield
on the 21st.
Van Diemens Land
He is still
slightly stiff from his last race, we have been doing lots of steady exercise
on him. He looks terrific in his coat.
Western King
 Has come out of his race remarkably well and
is enjoying doing some good canters on the grass.  I think he will be out again soon.
Who Owns Me
He did a
nice strong piece of work this morning, I think you will see him out again very
soon.  However 2m 4f at Uttoxeter might
just bit a bit on the short side for him. He looks very well and is on terrific
form at home.
Jumped out
in front today with blinkers, however this Plan B didn’t seem to work. I
haven’t spoken to David Crosse yet to get his opinion. It might be back to the
drawing board again with him.

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Airforce One
We have
been varying his routine just to keep the old boy interested. He had a nice
canter round ‘The Bowl’ yesterday which he seemed to really enjoy. I feel it
could be an idea to give him a spin back over hurdles to get his confidence back;
however the Handicapper would have to drop him as he is off a mark of 127.
starting to sharpen up, Dave Crosse rode him this morning and felt he was doing
his work a lot more easily. He thought he was more settled in his head. Another
3 or 4 weeks and he should be ready to take on the race track.
Big Jer
Did a good
strong half speed this morning upsides Stoney Silence, he looks to have
strengthened up enormously since he first started doing them. It was his most
impressive bit he has done. The plan still remains the same, to keep it steady
giving him every chance to grow into himself.
Duke of Monmouth
Heads off
to Warwick today with every chance, he will love the ground and the trip and
goes well fresh.
Enter Paradise
In the
process of getting him freshened up, it is not taking much as he is still taking
a keen hold up the gallops and is really enjoying life! He will hopefully be
out again in a couple of weeks.
Feisty Lass
She has come
on lots from her last couple of bits of work, which showed as she went so well
in her work this morning. However she does still have a belly on her and will
need a few more bits of work before she is ready.
Fine Parchment
In very
good order, I am looking forward to sending him out on the track. There is a 3m
H’Cap Chase at Bangor on 14th November which I think Charlie is
planning for him.
Lord of House
He has come
out of his race in great spirits. It is a very good sign as he has a light
frame. He is back in his normal routine and will be worked again on Saturday.
Charlie hopes to have him out again soon.
Low Gales
He has come
on a tonne in the last week. He is looking fitter and going well. He took off
with Charlie round ‘The Bowl’ yesterday which has done him the world of good as
he worked like Shergar with Gavin on him this morning! There could be a race
for him next Wednesday, due to the new rules there are no other suitable races
in the near future.
Maringo Bay
Will run
tomorrow at Towcester where he will love the ground, the track and the trip,
however it is a hot contest.
Masked Man
Flew up the
gallops this morning and heads to Sandown on Saturday, where I think he should
run a good race.
Worked well
this morning with Ballymurry, he is incredibly enthusiastic about his work.
There is still a bit to come off his belly so the next few bits of work should
conquer this before he hits the track. We might take him up the grass next week
to bring him on a bit.
Schumpters Lad
Ran a good
race at Kempton on Monday, he just needs the ground to be a bit quicker for him
than it was. He will now have a break and come back for some racing in the
Seventh Sky
made the decision not to run him this week as he just felt he might come on for
a few more bits of work. He could go to Ludlow next Thursday.
Shocking Times
very well over fences last week, he will school over them again tomorrow. He
worked strongly with Surrey Dream this morning, he looks to have come on a
great deal since his run. He should hopefully be out again soon.
Stoney Silence
Did a nice
half speed with Big Jer this morning. He seems to enjoy it and do it all very
easily. He has held his weight very well whilst we have been upping his work.
Strictly Rose
to head in the right direction, however we still haven’t asked too much of her.
She has been enjoying cantering on the grass up ‘back of the hill’, her work
will be steadily increased.
Surrey Dream
It seems
that the more we do with him the more he impresses us, he did his strongest bit
of work yet this morning with Shocking Times. The plan still remains for him to
have a run on the flat on the 21st November.
Van Diemens Land
Was given a
mark of 110 after his run at Ascot on Saturday, he will be easier to place now
with a mark. He came out of the race a bit stiff. I gave him a steady canter up
the grass this morning which he loved.
Western King
Ran a
blinder to finish 3rd at Kempton on Monday whilst carrying a
penalty. He returned home fine, however he did lose a bit of weight which is
not a bad thing as he will come on for it.
Who Owns Me
He remains
in really good order at home, we are trying to keep him as fresh as possible.
He did a strong piece this morning which he did with his usual enthusiasm.
Charlie has put him in a Claimer at Southwell on the 12th November
however it looks to be a tough enough contest.
Should go
to Sandown on Saturday with some head gear on, it looks a tough contest however
he has been on good form at home and loved having a spin round ‘The Bowl’

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Airforce One
Ran OK at Wincanton
on Sunday. Turning down the back the second time he looked to pick up the bit
again after a few reminders from Sam Thomas, then slightly fell away again
turning for home after a few jumping errors. On the whole Sam was happy with him;
he said he felt a bit rusty and got a bit tired. He has returned home fine and
with his fitness all the time, did a strong piece of work upsides Who Owns Me
this morning. He is looking a bit tighter over the last few days. He still
needs quite a bit more work. We hope to school him in the morning.
Big Jer
Coming on a
tonne in his work, we have been trying to get him to use himself in the hope he
finds life a bit easier as he is such a big horse. He schooled really well with
Gavin on him last Thursday.
Duke of Monmouth
Very nearly
ready for a run, worked on the grass again this morning which he loves. There
is a race for him at Chepstow over 3 miles, which could be a good place for him
to start.
Enter Paradise
Ran a
blinder to finish Second at Aintree. After a bold bid to make all he was just
headed in the last 150 yards. I think he should stay over hurdles for the time
being as he looked more comfortable than he does over a fence. He has returned
home still full of beans.
Feisty Lass
Did a good
strong piece of work this morning, she has definitely come on for her last two
pieces of work. However there is still lots more to be done to get into her. We
plan to school her in the morning.
Fine Parchment
I rode him
in a really strong piece of work this morning upsides Seventh Sky, he doesn’t
feel too far off a run. He has been schooling very well and feels in good order.
Lord of House
Ran a good
race to finish third at Aintree. However 6 of the 9 hurdles were omitted due to
low sun, which lead to them going a crawl then sprinting home. Sadly we didn’t
learn an awful lot about him, but he has returned home fine and we hope to
learn more next time out.
Low Gales
very well over a fence last Thursday. He did a strong piece of work this
morning up the grass. However he is still a few weeks off a run simply because
he is a big stuffy horse.
Maringo Bay
Is flying
at home, he schooled brilliantly last Thursday. I was delighted with his work
this morning. He holds and entry in a competitive Novice Chase over 3 miles at
Wetherby, where it is forecast to come up soft for him, however it could just
be a week to soon.
Masked Man
Did a good
piece of work this morning, and looks to be one of our more forward horses. He is
on course for a 2m 4f H’Cap Chase at Sandown on the 10th.
Did a good
strong piece of work this morning, still looks a bit heavy which does give us
something to work on. A bit of time off a run but he is going in the right
Schumpters Lad
Is fresh,
well and ready to get back on the track. Charlie has him in at Kempton and Plumpton
on Monday , providing the ground dries up a bit he should take his chance in
one of the two.
Seventh Sky
He has
really come into himself in the last 10 days. He looks well and is working very
well too. Holds entries at Kempton and Plumpton on Monday, however it could
just come a week to early for him.
Shocking Times
Back on the
work list, he looks to have tightened up for his run. I think he has mentally
recovered from his race a lot quicker than he ever did last year, he should run
again in 10 days or so.
Stoney Silence
Still an
absolute pleasure to deal with. He is definitely made for a fence one day. He
is doing everything we ask of him very easily at home. He could just nick a
bumper on the way.
Strictly Rose
Still hacking
away up the grass, she is in a nice routine and looks to have completely
settled in to her new home. Rose has been riding her a lot lately and has
commented on how she is always trying to please.
Surrey Dream
enjoying his work and taking it very well. However there is still more to put
into him. He could be out on the flat shortly.
Van Diemens Land
Back on the
work list this morning, he has come on from his run at Cheltenham. He holds an
entry for Ascot on Saturday where he will most likely run.
Western King
Come on a
tonne in the last few weeks, he is not far off a run. He has been schooling
very well and could go to Kempton on Monday.
Who Owns Me
Another one
back on the work list. He has tightened up for his run. Tanked up the ‘Bank’
this morning with Peter on him which is great to see. The Handicapper has
dropped him 2, which should be a help to him when he next runs in a couple of
Looks fit
and ready to run. He is not always the most genuine in his work at home, which
could lead to Charlie putting on some head gear on his next outing. We will school
him in the morning then will look for a race for him very soon.