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Miss Amelia continues her return to full fitness and is nearing a return run, we will make a decision over what this will be over the next week. Mark Walford is having an open day this coming Sunday and it promises to be a great day.
Miss Amelia is now back in full training and seems to be in fine form. The break seems to have done her a lot of good and we hope she will be ready to run in the second half of September.
Miss Amelia comes back into full training later this week. She looks great and needs to start her return to being race-ready.
Miss Amelia will have 2 more weeks in the field and then she will be back in full training. The stable continues to be in good form with another win for Kodimoor.
Miss Amelia is enjoying her rest and looks a picture of health. The Walford stable has enjoyed a successful week. Magical Max won again and Kodimoor won at Beverley on Friday evening.
A quiet week as Miss Amelia is having a few well deserved weeks rest. It has been Royal Ascot this week, no runners from our yard this year, but, who knows next year, Magical Max in the Commonwealth Cup?
We retired Gabriel's Oboe after a disappointing run at Nottingham. Miss Amelia finished out of the frame at Hexham, we will now turn her out in the field for a couple of months to help her to re-capture some sparkle that has been missing in her last couple of runs.
The Walford stable had a fantastic day when Magical Max won on his debut at York.
Gabriel's Oboe was down the field, but, did show a big improvement. Both he, and Miss Amelia are entered to run at Hexham next weekend (Sat 15th). It could be a wet week and so we shall see what happens.
Gabriel's Oboe will run at Newcastle on Tuesday evening. He is a little frustrating as he works well at home, but, his performances on the track have been poor. We hope to see improvement!
Size Matters was sold at the 'horses in training' sale last week.
Miss Amelia is not at her bouncing best at home and so we will not run her this week and will wait a couple of weeks to run her.
Gabriel's Oboe is on target to run in a 1m 4f handicap at Newcastle on June 4th.
Size Matters ran today in a hurdle race. He ran reasonably well to finish fourth. He is going to the sales later this week at Doncaster.
The ground became too firm for Gabriel's Oboe to run at Doncaster yesterday, we will look for a race towards the end of the month.
Miss Amelia was going to run this next week, but, has had some mucus in her lungs and we will wait another week to see how she is.
Miss Amelia only finished 4th at Worcester, she ran without her usual zest and may have been in season.
Gabriel's Oboe and Size Matters are both travelling to Malton on Monday to school over the hurdles there. Size Matters will run over hurdles next weekend, there are a choice of races at Aintree, Bangor and Market Rasen.
Gabriel's Oboe and Size Matters were both a little disappointing in their respective runs. This week (on Thursday) Miss Amelia rund at Worcester. She is in fine form and we are looking forward to a good run.
All is a little unpredictable on what promises to be an exciting couple of weeks. Gabriel's Oboe has been declared to run at Thirsk on Monday evening, but, will only run if there is more rain. If not, he will go to Newcastle on Friday (2nd May).
Size Matters was also going to run at Thirsk, but, he has been balloted out and will go to Southwell on Thursday (1st May) instead.
Miss Amelia is firmly on target for her Worcester race on 9th May. The horse that beat her into 2nd at Hexham, Johnny Yuma, won easily last week under a 7lb penalty. This is very pleasing!
Miss Amelia ran another cracker and finished 2nd at Hexham. All being well she will go to Worcester on Thursday 9th May.
Rain is forecast this week, we are hoping for plenty so that we can run Gabriel's Oboe and Size Matters at Thirsk on Monday 29th April. If the ground remains quick we may re-route Gabriel's Oboe to Newcastle on Friday 2nd May.
An interesting week. Gabriel's Oboe was a little bit disappointing at Redcar, but, was green in his race and has lots of improvement to come.
Size Matters ran a really good seasonal re-appearance at Newcastle, finishing just behind the first few and should now be 'cherry ripe' for his next run.
Miss Amelia runs at Hexham on Monday and has a very good chance.
A big week for us, we run Gabriel's Oboe tomorrow at Redcar (Paul Hanagan is riding) and Size Matters at Newcastle on Thursday. Miss Amelia will hopefully run on Monday April 15th at Hexham.
Gabriel' Oboe has been off the track a long time and so will improve on whatever he does. He could still easily win!
An exciting couple of weeks ahead, Gabriel's Oboe is due to re-appear on 8th April at Redcar. We could do with a little bit of rain.
Size Matters goes to Newcastle on the 11th April and Miss Amelia for a 2m chase at Hexham on 15th. We should have a winner between them.
Miss Amelia ran at Sedgefield and finished 4th. The ground dried up, the pace was fast, but, it was a bit sharp at the track and she clearly needs a more galloping track and will run again in a couple of weeks, all being well.
There is a 1m 2f race at Redcar on April 15th that could be an ideal start to his campaign. We will decide this week if that will be his target.
Gabriel"s Oboe has been working well and galloping at Malton this week. He will be ready to run in 2/3 weeks.
We have been in a dilemma with Miss Amelia, we have entered her for a race at Sedgefield on Thursday. We were going to wait a few weeks and run her on better ground, however, she is so well at home that we do not want to miss a sooner opportunity if the ground is reasonable. It just might be, so, we will decide on Wednesday whether or not we will let her take her chance.
11th April at Wetherby has been penciled in for Size Matters at this stage, he is nearing full fitness.
Miss Amelia remains on course to run at Sedgefield this week (Tue 12th). Our only concern is the weather. If the ground becomes heavy we will not run her. This is a possibility at the moment and so a late decision will be made.
Gabriel's Oboe had a trip to Malton this week, for a gallop, and is on course to return to action at the beginning of the turf season.
Size Matters is only a few weeks away from his gurdling debut.
Miss Amelia is going for a 2 mile chase at Sedgefield next Tuesday (12th March). She is in fine form at home and we are hoping that she will win again. Gabriel's Oboe and Size Matters will also run in a couple of weeks.
After the excitement of winning last week it is back to business this week. Miss Amelia has come out of the race really well. There are not many good opportunities for her over the next month, but, there is a 2 mile chase at Sedgefield on Tuesday March 12th. The track might not be the ideal track for her, but, we know she is in form and we are keen to run her while she is so well.
A WINNER! Miss Amelia won comfortably. She sat at the back and Daryl Jacobs moved her through the race to take it up at the second last. She finished at odds of 2/1.
Miss Amelia is the 5/4 favourite for her race at Market Rasen tomorrow. We shall be disappointed with anything other than a win!
The outbreak of equine flu this week has caused the cancellation of racing over the last few days and the next few days. We are hopeful that racing will be able to resume later in the week so that we can run Miss Amelia at Market Rasen next Sunday. She is very well and we can only hope that racing is able to resume later in the week.
Miss Amelia is in good form after her close 2nd place at Doncaster. She will now return to fences on Sunday 17th February, all being well, for a 2 mile chase at Market Rasen.
Size Matters and Gabriel's Oboe are both well and will, hopefully, both return to action this month.
Wetherby was abandoned and so we moved to plan B- Doncaster. Running brilliantly we were caught in the final 30 yards to be beaten half a length. it was an agonizing defeat, but, full of promise. All being well we will find a race over fences in 2-3 weeks.
Miss Amelia is in top form ahead of her run at Wetherby on Thursday. She has been doing a bit more work and is thriving for it. We hope for a win on Thursday and will enter her to run at Doncaster on Friday as a plan B, incase the weather leads to Wetherby being abandoned.
Miss Amelia is doing everything nicely and Mark is confident that we will be in the winner's enclosure this month. She is more relaxed and is training better than she has ever before.
Size Matters and Gabriel's Oboe are progressing nicely ahead of their returns to the track next month.
Miss Amelia is in very good form. She ought to be in the winner's enclosure this next month. She will be ready again in a few weeks, we will find the correct race for her over the next few days.
Size Matters has had a type of virus, but, is back in good health. It has set him back a couple of weeks, but, he will run over hurdles in early February.
Gabriel's Oboe has grown and is training well, heshould be back on the track in early February.
Miss Amelia ran very well at Bangor and will have gone into a few shrewd notebooks. She was going very well when she made a very bad midtake four out, it completely knocked the stuffing out of her. She would have gone very close otherwise. This gives us confidence for a similar race in about 3 weeks.
Miss Amelia is in great form ahead of her trip to Bangor on Friday. We hope that she will go close!
Gabriel's Oboe is back after his stress fracture and remains on course for a new year return.
Miss Amelia schooled well this week over fences and is on target to run in a 2 mile 1 furlong chase at Bangor on Friday 14th December. We hope that she will run well and be in the money in this race, fingers crossed!
Size Matters remains on course for his hurdling debut over Christmas. We have not yet selected the exact race as there are a few options. We will do so over the next few weeks.
Miss Amelia ran fairly well on her comeback. She got tired in the home straight, the ground was pretty soft. She is fine and well, will have a couple of weeks to recuperate and will then be back over fences. We expect her to be at least placed next time.
Size Matters will begin intensive schooling this week ahead of a hurdling debut over the Christmas holidays.
Miss Amelia is running at Hexham on Wednesday. She is fit and back in good form. It is her first run since her wind operation and we are hopeful of a much improved run.
Miss Amelia is increasing her fitness ahead of a return on 21st Nov at Hexham, fingers crossed! Gabriel's Oboe is currently walking and will begin full training fairly shortly. Size Matters is still in the field and will have another week before aiming him at a hurdle race next month.
Another fairly quiet week. Miss Amelia needs another fortnight of work to get her as fit as possible so, we are re-routing to Hexham on Wednesday 21st September. She will start over hurdles, we expect to see much improved form from her this season.
A quiet week. Miss Amelia is on course for her reappearance on 6th November at Stratford. We are very hopeful that she will run well, but, as ever, she will improve for having the run.
Size Matters is having a few weeks off and Gabriel's Oboe is nearing the end of his box rest.
We have visited a few yards in Newmarket this week to look at potental options for 2019.
A disappointing day with Size Matters. Unfortunately, he again repeated the problem from last time. He will have a month's rest then a spin over hutdles, he has schooled really, really well, so, must take his chance. Fingers crossed!
An exciting week ahead, Size Matters entered to run over 7 furlongs at Redcar, he has also been schooling really well over hurdles and we will run him in a novice hurdle soon, hopefully.
Miss Amelia continues to gain fitness ahead of her first run after her wind operation.
Mark's stable is in grteat form, with 2 winners from his last 2 runners.
Size Matters scoped well this week and is penciled in for a race at Redcar on Fri 19th Oct, we have no excuses for not going very close!
Miss Amelia is coming along very nicely. We aim to bring her back over hurdles in the first week of November.
A fairly quiet week, Miss Amelia gained more fitness as she readies for her first outing after her break, later this month.
Size Matters has responded really well to his slightly new regime and will run in a couple of weeks, his target will be arranged over the next couple of days.
Some slightly disappointing news for us, Gabriel's Oboe has got another stress fracture and will now not get back on the course until December.
Size Matters will now run at Beverley on Wednesday, the race does look ideal for him so we are hopeful.
We visited Miss Amelia on the gallops the other day. She is looking in great form ahead of her re-appearance in a few weeks.
Today is the stable open day, Mark had a good winner with Cornborough at Chester yesterday.
Gabriel's Oboe banged his fetlock and so will need a short course of antibiotics. We are re-routing him to a 1m 2f race at Newcastle on 24th October.
Size Matters will go to Pontefract on 2oth September for a 6f race.
Miss Amelia is stepping up her work ahead of a return to action next month.
Size Matters ran reasonably well last week without seeming to finish off his 1 mile race. It is difficult to predict the distance we need to go for next. We will decide over the next few days.
Size Matters ran a great race at Thirsk, finishing third. He looks a definite winner in waiting.
Druid's Diamond ran his final race on Tuesday and was sold at the sales on Wednesday. He has been a terrific horse for us without getting his head in front, in the last four months alone he has been 2nd twice 3rd and 4th. Good luck to him in the future.
Size Matters will go to Thirsk on Tuesday.
Miss Amelia came back in from the field this week and has started training again.
We have been given an opening handicap mark of 62 for Gabriel's Oboe. We are happy with this.
Perhaps, a slightly disappointing week last week in all. Druid's Diamond ran really well, but, was badly hampered at a crucial stage by his stablemate, Dream Free, who went on to win, our boy ran on brilliantly, but, could only finish third- he would have won! They were the words of the jockey. Nearly! He is to be auctioned on Wednesday, he will have a final run for us at Catterick on Tuesday, we will try him over 2 miles.