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New Horse

We are delighted to welcome a lovely four year old son of Kayf Tara to the yard owned by Mrs Diana Whateley, Mr Tim Syder, Mr Aiden Murphy and Mr Dominic Burke. He has a strong dam line which includes Diamond King (Ire), the winner of the 2016 Coral Cup. He arrived looked fantastic following his pre training with Annabel Murphy and has settled in well. We look forward to seeing him develop.

Biomass Boiler Update

As can be seen from the the attached picture, there has been significant progress made on the installation of the Biomass Boiler.The actual boiler has been installed and the drier (imported from Germany) is due to be in soon.

It will be the first of its kind in a British racing yard and will produce heat by drying and then burning waste shavings from the stables.


ALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE) is our only runner this weekend. He heads to Stratford tomorrow for the 3:05 2m6f George Pragnell Gold Cup Handicap Chase. He’s been placed on his last four starts and remains on the same mark of 134. Ciaran Gethings will claim a valuable 3 pounds.

Adrian Heskin

Adrian Heskin is back riding out and has been receiving treatment to strengthen his shoulder from the fantastic team at Oaksey House in Lambourn. The next couple of weeks look fairly quiet for the yard but he will be back race riding towards the end of the month when the entry board starts to fill up.


AIR SQUADRON got off the mark over hurdles at Southwell earlier today in the 4:00 Novices Hurdle over 3m. His jumping continues to improve and he stayed on strongly to win comfortably for his owner/breeder Lady Cobham.

Galway Festival

NOCHE DE REYES (FR) has been declared at the iconic Galway Summer Festival on Sunday in the 5:00 Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase over 2m2f. He travelled over to Ireland yesterday and is settling in well. He’s been a model of consistency all season and is only up seven pounds for his win at  Perth last time out. The race has cut up considerably as many of the entries opted to run in the Galway Plate. Davy Russell replaces Adrian who is currently out with injury.

STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) also made the journey to Ireland and frustratingly missed the cut to get a run.

The Thoroughbred Ladies

The Thoroughbred Ladies enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Down Farm earlier today after watching UNTIL WINNING (FR) on the gallops. He missed last season due to injury so he came in from the field early to spend four weeks walking and trotting on the Somerset hills with Louise Cabble. Louise does an impeccable job with our horses that are resting or recovering from injury. They get lots of pampering and the swimming pool can be a welcome change to their routine. He returned to the yard looking fantastic and is now in full work. He will start off in handicap chases and will hopefully provide the ladies with plenty of fun this winter!

Weekend Runners

CHAMPAGNE CITY (IRE) bids for a hat-trick at Stratford on Sunday in the 2:10 Novices Hurdle over 2m with Adrian booked to ride. He’s a C&D winner who is sure to show further progress as he gains more experience jumping.


Recent Perth winner OTTER MOON is now for sale. Please see ‘ Horses for Sale ‘ tab for more information.

Biomass Boiler

Prescient Power have now commenced work on the new Biomass Boiler System being installed at Down Farm. It is a high quality German boiler which as well as being fuelled by woodchips can be set to take stable waste. The stable waste will be augured through a 3 stage dryer to remove 70% of the water content . This will then provide unlimited heating for the house, yard and staff accommodation. Our equine drying facilities will be greatly enhanced and it should go down well with the foreign workforce in the cold winter months! We will provide further information once it’s up and running. The ground works are due to finish next week and then the installation of the boiler will begin.

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