Very well done to Barry and Stef Keniry who ran Da Capo Dandy from the Middleham satellite yard in a 6f handicap on the all- weather at Southwell. Up 16lbs for her last win over C and D this was a huge hike in the weights but she managed to win by 1 ¾ lengths from a not so favourable draw, ridden by Liam Keniry.
Da Capo Dandy
Easter Monday saw the return of winter with a bitterly cold and very strong wind and sleet all day - challenging weather for all to work in and amazingly it was even worse on Wednesday. Credit to all for keeping going and if we are lucky enough to get a normal winter next season it will be a breeze!
It was a massive blow to loose both Musselburgh and Wetherby this week and with the going still heavy everywhere we are waiting as patiently as possible for better ground with horses absolutely ready to run. Let’s hope it comes soon.
Bill D’Aron, who handles heavy ground, runs on Sunday at Carlisle in his first chase and he has schooled very well.
We have entries for next week at Hexham on Tuesday, Southwell (AW) on Thursday and Sedgefield on Friday.
A Visitor’s Guide to Langholm
With The Craig Farm Syndicate membership and sponsorship growing, we would like to offer newcomers and our existing owners and friends a quick guide to Langholm and its surroundings with our suggestions for when you come and see the horses galloping and in their home surroundings. We fully recommend allowing ideally a day or two to see some of the sights.
We are very lucky in Langholm to have a town which is fairly small in size (despite being nicknamed the muckle toon!) but really rich in its heritage and also the increasingly high quality selection of places to visit and stay and eat in the locality.
For lunch dinner and overnight stays we recommend The Douglas Hotel on the High Street for delicious and hearty fare. They do an early menu if you combine an evening at the well renowned Buccleuch Centre which stages shows and concerts. Also on the High Street are The Eskdale Hotel and The Crown as well as popular racing pub The Buck.
Slightly out of Langholm towards Longtown just off the A7 is The Marchbank and Sportsman Restaurant where Richard and his family will look after you very well with the local game and excellent ingredients on offer in our region. Superb fishing on the River Esk and a visit to Gilnockie Tower opposite. New to the list is The Penton Bridge Inn just a short drive on from Canonbie with superb views back over the Scottish Border hills. This is well worth an overnight stay to sample the exemplary tasting menu and delicious breakfast for a special occasion. Seasonal and regional food cooked with skill and vegetables sourced from the nearby Netherby kitchen garden. Lots of good walks in the area too (dogs are welcome) in order to walk off some of the rich delights.
Back in Langholm if you are on a day trip or if you are just across for lunch, Truly Scrumptious is set back off the High Street and don't miss a stroll into the excellent Latimer's of Langholm for all homeware items. Just out of town on the A7 towards Hawick is the Whitshiels Café - really hearty homemade food. And then maybe a walk (or drive!) up to The Langholm Monument afterwards for panoramic views of our valleys.
Lucy taking in the views at Langholm Monument
Other good spots to visit include Gretna Green and for high street discount shopping Gretna Gateway, The Solway Coast unbeatable on a bright day and the towns of Carlisle, Hawick, Melrose, Kelso etc all within easy reach. The Common Riding festivals and Spring Fling also a must later on in the year. And Edinburgh and Glasgow first class cities at any time.
This is by no means a complete guide or list with so much more to see but just some of the places we enjoy and we hope that you will too.
Adam attended a two day Racing Secretary course at Doncaster and has returned with lots of ideas and new contacts.
Newcomer - a very nice 2yo - Karismatik by Kaprock out of seven times jumps winner Crack d’Emble. He is another we have sourced from Vincente Le Roy and is now in pre-training. Full website profile to follow.
Briony is breaking in a Multiplex-High Meadow Girl yearling who was jumping tyres yesterday and through the stalls. He is showing great aptitude (apparently jumped a hedge he couldn’t see over out on winter grazing so perhaps no surprise – maybe a National ante-post?!).
Multiplex - High Meadow Girl Yearling
Rules of Racing
With further news on self- certification is it fair to write rules which people used albeit in the extreme in some cases and then publicly name and shame once a new rule is written to limit its use? Maybe a better course to take would be to write the rules clearly in the first instance thereby removing the public embarrassment all round. Undoubtedly some trainers have overstepped the mark but the alternative is a hefty fee for the owners with vet call out fees.
Sadly the future of this excellent racecourse is still uncertain with the next meeting scheduled to be held on May 3. With the latest plan of introducing a 4:2 committee governance (councillor to Racing expert), it seems implausible to see how it can work with the previous 4:3 not having worked and the loss to Racing if sense does not prevail is immeasurable. This is the only racecourse in the country run by a council and is so stressful for the wonderful team who work there.