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.

Tory Massini

We love to hear updates on how horses who have left the yard are progressing with their new careers. Tory Massini had two runs over hurdles before joining Sally Hayward to try his hand at eventing. We are delighted to hear that he finished 4th at Barbury Castle on Saturday in the ROR Eventing Championships.


The lads have been hard at work for the last few weeks preparing the yard for the forthcoming season. Owner Dave Brookes has created Slads very own natural Spa which is filled from the Slad Brook. It should be a very useful addition to Down Farm and will help speed up healing time when the horses come back from the races with bangs and bruises.


Apologies for the recent lack of news on the website, Lauren was away on holiday. The horses have just arrived back from a great couple of days at Perth.

KILBREE KID (IRE) maintained his fantastic record at Perth on Wednesday to win the feature race of the day – The 3m Kilmany Cup. As always his jumping was outstanding and he stayed on strongly under conditional jockey Ciaran Gethings to gain his fifth win at the track. Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs but will be riding out here on a weekly basis during the Winter.

Stable mate ALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE) ran very well to finish second on his first attempt over the 3m trip. It’s very frustrating when the yard has a 1-2 but races in this bracket are few and far between at this time of year so both horses were forced to take their chance.

OTTER MOON provided his owners/breeders Har & Michael Houghton with a memorable day at Perth yesterday. He saw out the longer trip well to open his account in the maiden hurdle. Prior to the win he was on a handy mark of 109 so he also has the option of handicaps going forward.

NOCHE DE REYES (FR) made it a double on the day and finally got the win he deserves in the 2m handicap chase yesterday having finished second on six occasions since his last victory! He took the lead four from home and pulled clear of his rivals to secure his first win away from Ludlow and a valuable prize for his owners David Rea and David McDermott. He may join STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) on a trip over to Ireland for the popular Galway Festival.

Yard & Stable Hygiene Services

The staff have been very busy power washing, painting and repairing the yard. We have also extended the drying room to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Former head lad Tom Fillery has set up a new business specialising in hygiene services for equine environments. He has developed an anti-bacterial paint called Stable Shield that we are going to apply throughout the yard. Stable Shield is a specially formulated hard wearing anti-microbial coating that prevents the growth and spread of harmful bacteria by up to 99.8%. The anti-microbial efficacy was initially designed for the high standards required in healthcare and has been incorporated with a durable and hard wearing coating that is able to with stand the vigorous demands of an equine environment.

Perth Runners

We have 3 horses heading up to Perth on Sunday, all ridden by Adrian.

AIR SQUADRON runs in the 2:15 Novices Hurdle over 2m4f. He finished second on his recent debut over hurdles after eight months off the track. He lacked fluency at times so Adrian has done plenty of schooling with him at home and the step up in trip should suit.

ALWAYS ON THE RUN has been declared in the 2:45 Handicap Chase over 2m4f (0-140). He finished a very credible third behind a progressive sort at Stratford last time out . He’s only 2lb above his latest winning mark and the drying ground conditions are ideal for him.

ROC D’APSIS (FR) lines up in the feature race of the day, the 3m Perth Gold Cup. As expected the £30k prize fund has attracted a competitive field of 12 runners. He’s only up 4lb for his win at Kempton on the 1st May and appears to be feeling very fresh on the gallops.


Multiple flat winner CHAMPAGNE CITY secured his first win over hurdles for owner Roger Brookhouse at Kelso on Sunday. He travelled smoothly throughout and did well to recover from a bad blunder at the last. He will continue to run in novice hurdles during the summer to help him gain some more experience before stepping up in class.

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