16th June news

Wor Lass runs at Musselburgh tomorrow

Les Dodds' gallant mare Wor Lass runs at Musselburgh tomorrow, in the grandiosely titled Ladies Day Gold Cup handicap.

The race is over 2 miles, and if there were 8 flights to jump, Goldie's Great Fighter would be thrown in at the weights. Come to think of it, that gelding is still very well in, as are a couple of Scobies' hurdlers too (Stoneham and Mr. Globetrotter). Ayr trainer Mike Smith's got a hurdler in as well......and no doubt there's a few more in the field that will be jumping before too long.

A bit less frivolous, it promises to be a marvelous day at the races - warm weather, fantastic racecourse, sell out crowd (17,000) and who could ask for more.
Well, it is Ladies Day with our Scottish beauties dressed in their finery pre Royal Ascot.

Wor Lass has certainly gone up in the weights during the course of last season, and it may be expecting a bit much for this exposed 9 year old to be seriously competitive in this Class 3 event - all the races she has won have been at Class 5 or lower. Garry comes back in for the ride after young Clifford Lee rode her last time (unplaced) at Carlisle (Garry may put up a pound or two over though).

Enjoy the day Les!!

Nellie & Julie
Wor Lass (Garry) pictured tracking a stable companion is a recent gallop


New horse arrives at Dodlands

We welcomed a new horse into the stables this week, when a 3 year old Shirocco filly arrived straight from being educated by local horseman Gary Rutherford (you'll remember Gary as a Borders' based jump jockey from a couple of years back, and he now trains Point to Pointers plus a few other interests).

This athletic, nice type of filly settled in very well and she has already appeared a few times on the gallops and is taking everything in her stride. She is a well bred National Hunt sort with dozens of winners in the immediate family (click on the link above for more details) and will be one for mares only bumpers come the turn of the year.
We do think a lot of this youngster, and we believe the plan is to syndicate her for racing purposes - so if you're in the yard over the next month, do ask The Trainer to show her off.
Meantime, she'll spend a couple of weeks at Dodlands Steading before being turned out to grass for summer and autumn.

 Stainsby Girl
First day at school - Callum gives the Shirocco filly an early sight of the home gallops

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