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A Good Start!

After a low-key start at Kelso on the 22nd October, we had a very successful time last weekend at Hexham, Kelso and Aintree with Brayhill winning on his first run over fences and all the horses performing well.  We also won three best turned out awards from a total of seven runners at five meetings so all credit to our great team.

Brayhill going to post at Kelso Brayhill going to post at Kelso

We are very pleased and grateful that Darren Arthur has increased his involvement with the yard and now sponsors the Craig Farm Syndicate horses as well as Benack and Lake Takapuna.   His cable jointing company - Clyde Power and Renewables - is based in Gourock and has rapidly expanded since its inception in 2019.  The link below will give further information on the types of work they carry out.


Racing Round Up

Saturday 22nd October Kelso.  Going Good to Soft

Hashtag Lord had interesting form from a maiden hurdle at Navan in February and this was his first outing in the U.K.  He was ridden by Brian Hughes in the 2m 5f Maiden Hurdle and was rather slow and deliberate with his jumping at the beginning.  He jumps very well at home and so we think maybe he did not like the white hurdles as this has been an issue with horses from other yards. However, he warmed to his task and stayed on to finish sixth of 14.

Lake Takapuna won bto for Chloe Mchattie.   He was returning from a long lay-off in the 2m 1f Handicap Chase.  With Danny McMenamin in the saddle, his jumping was economical and accurate and just tiring before the finish, he finished fifth and so this was an encouraging return to action.

Tuesday 25th October – Bangor-on-Dee. Going Good to Soft

This was a very long day for Briony as unfortunately, Brian Hughes was unable to ride The Blame Game in the 2m 7f Handicap Hurdle due a fall in a previous race.  He is a quirky horse who needs knowing and so it was not easy for Jonathan Burke who deputised for Brian.   Also, the ground was much more testing than he likes and so when he was struggling, Jonathan wisely pulled him up.

Friday 4th November – Hexham.   Going Soft

Brian Hughes was back on Beat Box for the 2m Handicap Hurdle and unfortunately he was badly chopped into on the first bend and sustained a nasty cut.  This lost him a lot of ground but he came from way back towards the end of the race to finish second only beaten by a length.   This was a gutsy performance and Racing Post marked him out as the ‘eyecatcher’ of the race.

Beat Box in stable

Beat Box in his stable at Hexham

Beat Box at Hexham

Brian Hughes and Beat Box making up ground at Hexham

Saturday 5th November – Kelso. Going Good to Soft

Community Rebel (bto for Sarah Mchattie) was trained in Ireland with just a donkey and some hunters for company but he was a point-to-point winner and this form has worked out well.  Ridden by Callum Bewley in the 2m 6f Novices’ Hurdle, he was in the lead from the start but was very green. Later on in the race he really knuckled down and only lost his position approaching the last hurdle and finished fourth just 2 ½ lengths behind the winner.   He looks to be a fun horse for the Craig Farm Syndicate and there are still shares available.

Community Rebel going to post

Community Rebel with Callum Bewley going to post at Kelso

Community Rebel

Community Rebel warming to his task at Kelso

Brian Hughes rode Brayhill (bto for Briony) for his debut over fences in the 2m 7f Novices’ Handicap Chase.  Prominent throughout the race, Brian gave him a beautiful ride and with a mighty leap at the second last and a very good jump at the last he went on to win by 1 ¾ lengths.   This was the perfect introduction to chasing and a very encouraging result.

Brayhill winning at Kelso

Brayhill on his way to winning at Kelso

Brayhill after his win at Kelso

Brian Hughes and Brayhill coming in after their victory at Kelso

Saturday 5th November – Aintree. Going Soft

James made the long journey down to Aintree with his homebred Lemoine.  With the talented Jonjo O’Neill Jnr on board, Lemoine belied his inexperience for his first racecourse appearance in the Juvenile Bumper run in testing conditions.   Thoroughly professional throughout, he was in mid division and ran on well to come third.   This was an excellent start to his racing career.

Lemoine as foal

Lemoine as a foal

Lemoine first lessons

First lessons for Lemoine

We have entries coming up at Newcastle and Wetherby and hope that this good form continues!

Stop Press!

Both Lord Roco and Benack made a great start first time over fences at Ayr today coming second and third in the 2m 4f Handicap Chase.  A full report will appear in the next blog.


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