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Two More Winners and a New Owner

Kelso has proved a happy hunting ground for us recently with Escapeandevade returning there on the 2nd March to win his third race in a row.  Then Ask Cory returned to Friar’s Haugh for the Buccleuch Point-to-Point to record his second win on the 9th March.

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 Escapeandevade and Brian Hughes winning at Kelso

We have a very exciting new horse for a new owner to the yard.  With the help of Bobby O’Ryan, James secured Big Zouk at the Cheltenham Tattersalls sales in February.  He is a lovely well-made grey five-year-old by Milan who won his only Point-to-Point at Oldtown, Co. Dublin in February, rallying bravely towards the end after being headed and showing great resolution.  He also has a wonderful temperament and has settled in really well, taking everything in his stride.   We are delighted to welcome his owner Warren to the yard and very much hope that Big Zouk lives up to expectations and gives him fun at some of the Festival meetings.   Warren was at Kelso on Morebattle day and we were pleased that Escape read the script perfectly!


Lot 42 Big Zouk (IRE) 2019 Gr.G.  BY Milan (GB) EX Miss Zouk (FR) Wildcard  Ballyboy Stables, Ireland (D. P. Murphy)Bobby O'Ryan/James Ewart160,000 Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale 23/02/2024

Big Zouk in the ring at Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale


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Big Zouk enjoying his new home

We are also very encouraged that the family of the late Jim Gordon who was such a supporter of the yard asked us to find another horse for them and again with Bobby’s help, we purchased Old But Gold – an attractive five-year-old by Kayf Tara who came second in his only Point-to-Point at Balinaboola, Co. Wexford in February.  We will aim to run him at tracks in Yorkshire where the family enjoy racing.

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Old But Gold

When Escapeandevade won at Kelso in February, he was happy to settle well behind the front-runner and we felt that this was a big step forward.   So, when he returned to Kelso on the 2nd March for the 2m Bet 365 Handicap Chase we had a similar situation with Dan Skelton’s front runner Sacre Coeur setting off at a good pace in the lead and Escape settling nicely about four lengths behind.   Brian Hughes again rode a brilliant race and closing on the leader four out, he conjured up a mighty leap to land in the lead and then went on to win by 2 ½ lengths to make this a hat trick.   Chloe won the BTO award and thanks must also go to Charles who rides Escape at home and does such a good job.  We wanted to end on a high note and so in due course the horse will go out to grass and we will look forward to next season.

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Escapeandevade and Brian Hughes at the Start

Ask Cory has been the dream horse for Chloe McHattie and on the 9th March he returned to Friar’s Haugh, Kelso for the George Crawford Legacy Trust Mixed Open for Novice Riders over 3 miles.   Two fences were omitted and Chloe rode a perfectly judged race to lead at the last and hold on to win by a neck.   This was her second win this season making a total of three wins and a second from their four starts which is an impressive record.   His next likely outing is Corbridge on the 1st April and Hexham on the 18th May.


Happy McHatties with Cory and Trainer

Happy McHatties with the trainer Briony and Jack


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Chloe won the cup!











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