Ulshaw Bridge and a Busy week

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Ulshaw Bridge winning at York

We had a great weekend, with Ulshaw Bridge breaking his maiden and Briardale running in the John Smiths Cup at York racecourse. It was a day of mixed emotions, with Briardale being disappointing in the John Smiths Cup, he travelled great and looked fantastic, he just didn’t seem to find anything when asked, we have brought him home and I think he will have a bit of time off to freshen  up and the plan will be to bring him back for an autumn campaign. On the other hand Ulshaw Bridge won really nicely in what seemed a competitive race, beating past winners, he picked up £17,000 for winning on Saturday, which is fantastic for his connections Mr Van Cutsem and Mr and Mrs Ellison. He seems to have come out of the race very well and he will have a bit of time to get over it but there are a few ideas floating around and it is a wonderful time for dreaming. We will see how he is over the next week but Glorious Goodwood will come under consideration, races in France and other places, but we will let the horse tell us when he is ready to run again.

Happy owners after Ulshaw Bridge’s win and Liam leading him up.

Ulshaw Bridge showing his rivals a clean set of hooves


This week we are busy, we have three runners today. Firby and Truth or Dare go to Ayr. Firby is making his debut, he is a horse we like and he has done some nice pieces of work on the grass but like all of ours he will certainly improve for the experience. Truth or Dare has been a revelation this year, he has run so consistently all season, and he really has been a fun horse to have in the yard. It looks a competitive race today but he is fresh and well in himself, with four non-runners, the task looks a little easier but it still looks tough. Our third and final runner of the day is Spirit of Rome, she runs in the 6.10 at Wolverhampton for John and Jordan Lund, she is returning to the place where she seems to have run her best races, and she has first time cheekpieces which we are hoping will spark some improvement in her. They all go to the races with good chances and I couldn’t be happier with how are horses are running.


Tomorrow, we have Wensley at Beverley, he has come out of his race at Hamilton well and we believe he has improved for the run. He has also been dropped back to 5F, which should suit as he showed plenty of pace at Hamilton. He looks absolutely fantastic as do all of the horses. This warmer weather should certainly help them and fingers crossed for a successful week ahead.


Harrogate and Rodney enjoying the sun on their back this morning.

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