News + Views

We’ll try our best to keep you posted with all the updates from the yard throughout the season. Our blogs will be short and sweet because who has time to write or read more than 140 characters these days. You can expect to see something new at least once a month - we promise!

Lalor + The Kings Writ 

November 2020

The Kings Writ is back in work having undergone a successful wind operation. We’d never really seen or heard anything to suggest that he’d need an operation but we were sending a few to Ben Brain and wanted to be 100% sure. It was surprising what they found and we’re hopeful this will help him maintain (and possibly improve) his form this season. We hope to have him ready to run in December and plan to make use of his novice status over hurdles.


Lalor has unfortunately had a significant setback, he wasn’t his usual self in his work and we found he had an irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation) similar to Paisley Park, Denman and Sprinter Sacre. It seems to be more common in bigger horses who have big engines and therefore large hearts. We’re pleased the treatment has worked; thanks must go to Celia Marr in NMKT and her team who have done a fantastic job looking after him. It’s been an anxious time but we’re glad to have him home and we hope his recovery continues to progress as planned, all being well he will be back on track in 2021. 

Recent Runners

November 2020

We’ve had a busy time as our horses get back on track, we had another nice winner with Capser’s Court at Exeter last month. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to back it up next time with the step up in trip proving a stretch too far. Tipalong Tyler continues to try her little heart out finishing third on her latest run at Exeter.Goodgirlteresa made a lovely (if not a bit strange) debut at Chepstow earlier this month. She seemed to be stuck for some speed midway through the race, she became eight lengths tailed off but she flew home and finished a credible fifth. She’ll come on for the run and is likely to go back to fences at some point this season. We had Ostuni, Getaway Lucy and Getway Cory all making their yard debuts earlier this month. They all ran credible races with exciting futures. Ostuni will go Novice Chasing, Lucy will try to pick up a Handicap Hurdle having received a mark of 86 before stepping up over fences and Getaway Cory will stay over hurdles for the time being. Lester Kris was disappointing, he has been a very frustrating horse as he has all the ability with a good attitude and a decent engine but unfortunately his wind has just become too much of a hindrance and really prevents him being able to finish his races effectively. We’ve explored all the veterinary options and there is no more that can be done to assist him, therefore we will find him a lovely new non-racing home. Dorrana ran a cracker first time out at Chepstow (20 Nov) and will come on for the run, she is a true stayer and loves the wet conditions so we’ll aim to find a suitable 0-100 handicap hurdle.Nickelsonthedime has never been out of the first three in his whole career whether it be under rules or pointing. Dime was a fairly unique and slightly difficult chap when he arrived with a few problems, but he’s grown into a lovely horse who learnt a lot from Pointing. He is a much loved chap who has unfortunately bumped into one or two under rules. Rated 120, having run in three competitive Novice Hurdles finishing a very close second on debut at Warwick followed by two third places. He is very genuine and fairly diverse when it comes to ground and distance so fingers crossed we can find him that ever elusive win before too long - he really deserves it for all his effort.

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