Welcome to Brian Ellison Racing
16 September 2014
A trip to Ireland paid off over the weekend when Baraweez won a valuable 7f handicap at Leopardstown under a fantastic ride by Colm O'Donoghue. Top Notch Tonto also ran a cracker finishing 4th in a Group 2 on ground that wasn't ideal for him. We were back in the winners enclosure yesterday at Wolverhampton with Invincible Wish. He has been disappointing on turf but he showed that he handled the surface winning well under Paul Pickard.
5 September 2014
We were very unlucky not to have two winners at Southwell on Wednesday. George Fernbeck was given a great ride by Danny Cook to win his first race over fences. Admiral Hawke was going for his hat trick and looked like he had it in the bag when falling at the second last. Glad to report both Admiral and Danny were both ok. We were back in the winners enclosure yesterday at Sedgefield, when Full Day gave another very good performance, making it two out of two for her over hurdles. Travis County, who has been very disappointing of late, ran much better on his chasing debut and finished second. We came back from Doncaster sales with four new horses, Midnight Games, Shrapnel, Carthage and Saddlers Deal and said goodbye to Ofeila and Inoogoo.
3 September 2014
Last week we purchased our first batch of yearlings at the DBS Premier sales. We bought 13 in total, with prices varying from £5,000 to £80,000. Sires include, Zebedee, Acclamation, Hellvelyn, Equiano, Holy Roman Emperor, Kheleyf and Lilbourne Lad. Today, we are back at Doncaster for the Horses In Training sales and we will be looking to pick up a bargain or two! Anyone interested in purchasing either a yearling or an older horse should give Brian a ring on 07785747426.
1 September 2014
We were delighted with the turnout for the open day yesterday and for all the positive comments we received from our visitors. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves. Top Notch Tonto was in his glory with all the attention he was getting and made front page of the Racing Post today. Many thanks to everyone who came and supported our charities by doing so.
26 August 2014
Yesterday, Lilly Junior won at Ripon on her first start for us. She is a lovely little filly and hopefully will go on to win again. Today, we are busy with runners at Sedgefield, Ripon and Wolverhampton and hoping there will be more winners on the board. It is also the start of the Doncaster Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sales. We will be there for the next 3 days and we will be doing our best to buy next years superstars! Anyone interested in purchasing a yearling could ring Brian on his mobile 07785747426.
25 August 2014
The horses have (touch wood ) been running well over the last week. Despite Edge of Sanity being our only winner at York, most of them ran really well. Top Notch Tonto bounced back to form in a class 2 handicap where he was nabbed on the line to finish second. Almuheet, again showed improved form and was a narrow third. Sunday was a successful day with two winners at Beverley. Doc Hay had been dropped into a claimer and won very nicely. He was later claimed by his previous trainer and we wish him the best of luck with him. Koo's Racing Club were also in the winners enclosure when Zeus Magic gave us a double on the card and Jimmy Crackle ran much better than his previous start to finish 3rd.
20 August 2014
It was the start of the Ebor festival at York today and we kicked it off with a win thanks to Edge of Sanity, in the Fine Equinity Stakes which was over 2 miles. This was only his second start for us and we were delighted with the way he stuck on to win. He is a really nice horse. A big congratulations to his owner, Ray Rainey as Edge of Sanity is his first horse in over twenty years.
17 August 2014
Top Of The Glas won the big race of the day at Chester yesterday, giving apprentice Joe Doyle his biggest career win to date. A great win for the team, and owners Market Avenue Racing Club. At Market Rasen it was Admiral Hawke who put us on the score card for a double on the day with a good, confident ride by James Cowley. Lucky Cody was disappointing. AP felt he should've jumped off and made the running but it could also have come a bit too quick on him. Maison De Ville ran coming back from a break and should improve for the run. Lying 25th in both Flat and Jump trainers table today and 30th in the Irish Flat. Not bad but aiming for higher!
13 August 2014
Full Day was an impressive winner on her hurdling debut at Newton Abbot today, under a good ride by Danny Cook. Congratulations to owner, Dan Gilbert.
4 August 2014
A fantastic double for the team yesterday! Lucky Cody bolted up at Market Rasen for owners Mike and Eileen Newbould, under a confident ride by AP McCoy. Our second win of the day was in Galway and was the most valuable race on the card. Baraweez had finished 3rd (off a bad draw) at the track in the Topaz Mile earlier in the week and despite being badly drawn again, he showed he has a touch of class and won quite impressively under a brilliant ride by Colm O'Donoghue. Pacific Heights finished 3rd having ran a blinder, so a great result for the team and Andrew Barnes who has the pleasure of owning them both!
1 August 2014
3 winners in the last week saw July out in good style. It was a great delight to see Racy win at Ascot. Having run well in so many competitive races this year, it was fantastic for the horse to finally get his head in front. He has been put up 6lb by the handicapper as a result and will now be off a mark of 101! Joyful Sound and Mixed Messages also got back to winning ways which put us on 57 winners for the year.
20 July 2014
It was a busy day yesterday with 15 declared horses. Racing was delayed at Market Rasen due to electrical problems as a result of a thunderstorm. This made Llanarmon Lad and Balty Boys at Newmarket our first runners, where we were hoping for a drop of rain. We got eventually but at Market Rasen, Cartmel and Ripon instead! Llanarmon Lad started as favourite but it was our outsider Balty Bays that did the business, winning at 16-1 under a great ride by Paul Pickard, with Laddy (his 'very well thought of' stable name) in 3rd. The torrential rain changed the ground to soft at Maket Rasen but our runner in the first, Come On Sunshine (appropriately named given the weather) didn't mind and partnered by Richard Johnson, gave us our second winner of the day. Mazuri Cowboy also appreciated the change of going and ran a blinder to finish 3rd, in the Summer Plate (handicap chase)which was his first start for the yard. Discovery Bay, hated the going and was pulled up and due to the conditions Autun and Teenage Dream were withdrawn. Capellanus was our only other runner at Rasen and he was on an off day and didn't put it in! Bishops Castle also fell victim to the weather, withdrawn at Ripon. Zaidiyn was having his first run for us and paid the price for the fast pace he set. He is a lovely big horse and bought to go jumping. He will now be schooled up ready. Also at Newbury, Eastern Dancer ran. He is a lovely 2yo but ran flat after 2 quick runs at Newcastle and Chester. Our other 2yo runner on the day was Multi Grain who finished 4th at Newmarket. She ran really well on ground that was too quick for her. Blaming the ground again, this time the soft at Cartmel where it went against both our runners there, All That Remains and George Fernbeck. Today is a bit quieter with just the one runner, Mixed Message in the claimer at Redcar.
18 July 2014
We are now over half way through the year and things are going pretty well. In June we had our 800th career winner and we are now on 51 for 2014. The 2yo's have been running very well and we still have some nice ones to come. Things haven't worked out in favour of Top Notch Tonto as yet this season and he came out of his last run with a pulled muscle, but we are happy to report that he is now fully recovered and looking really well. He won't run again until the ground is right for him. Most of the National Hunt horses are back in from their breaks and all have done well. Malton Stables Open Day is coming up on 31st August www.maltonstablesopenday.co.uk is the website for more details.
17 May 2014
It has been a busy week for the team and it gets even more hectic today with runners at Newbury, Thirsk, Doncaster and Newmarket. On Tuesday at Beverley, we had our first 2yo winner! Northgate Lad made us and owner Mrs Julie Martin, very proud when making all to win under Tom Eaves. It was a hot little race with some really nice types but he won in good style. He could be something special! Wednesday, we had a winner for Koos Racing Club at their local track, York! Streets of New York won a battle at the line to win under a strong drive from Robert Winston. Focusing on today's main runner - Top Notch Tonto runs at Newbury in the Group 1 Lockinge. He has come on from his Sandown run but as expected in this class, he is up against the best and once again, it will be a tough race for him, especially as the ground is not ideal. As long as it is safe, he will run.
7 May 2014
The results are in from the 2013/2014 Jump season and we are pleased to have finished 33rd out of 516 in the Trainers table. With lots of nice horses for the winter, we are aiming for a top 20 spot at the end of the next season. The flat season is now well underway and although most of ours tend to improve for their first runs, we are generally happy with how they are running. We have a few winners on the board and those that have ran look to have improved at home. We are especially pleased with our 2yo's, Make On Madam and The Card Players. They have had 2 runs each and both finished 2nd on their latest start. They should both win and their runs have given us a good guide to what to expect from our other youngsters! Top Notch Tonto is on course for Newbury next Saturday. His run at Sandown has brought him on leaps and bounds ... we just need the going to be kind!
29 March 2014
It's the opening day of the turf season on the flat and we are really excited to have our first runners. Northgate Lad will be our first and his run will be a good guide to the rest of our 2 year olds. Balty Boys is in the big race but the ground may have gone against him. In the Silver Lincoln, Global Village, Amaze and Dream Walker will all appreciate the soft conditions as will Memory Cloth and Pelmanism. At Kempton, Bishops Castle and Streets Of New York take each other on and at Stratford, we are hoping that Serenity Now has put his fall behind him. It's A Mans World completes the list of runners, also at Stratford.
7 March 2014
Our Open Air Yard featured in the Malton Gazette and Herald. Thanks to Tom O Ryan
7 March 2014
5 March 2014
Racy returns home today after having run a great race to finish 2nd last week in Dubai. Although he didn't win, his trip was worthwhile. A big credit to David Cottle who did a great job with him.
28 February 2014
Megan Carberry rode her first winner for us today, which was also her first ride for us! Grandiloquent did the job under a great ride from Megan, delighting us and his owners in the process.
27 February 2014
It is Racy's last race in Dubai today with his return flight booked for next Wednesday. We got the tactic's wrong last time so we can draw a line through his last race and hopefully he will give us something to celebrate using different tactics today.
27 February 2014
We are looking for experienced, work riders. Anyone interested should email their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
20 February 2014
Looking forward to Racy's race in Meydan this afternoon. Drawn 2 of 10 with Tom Eaves onboard must give him the best chance he has had whilst he has been there. Good luck to Koo's Racing Club.
19 February 2014
We have a couple of vacancies for full time riding out staff. Must be a good rider, 9st 7lb or under and be able to work as part of a team. Please email your cv to email@example.com
17 February 2014
It was a good day yesterday with 3 winners. The first was at Market Rasen with Maison de Ville obliging under James Reveley. It was a quick across the card double when Five In A Row delivered under AP McCoy at Kempton. The third winner was also at Kempton under the champ when Knightly Escapade finally got his head in front. Gone Forever let us down for a four timer when he could only manage 2nd spot. We were slightly disappointed as we thought he probably should have won but he will be better on a more galloping track and we look forward to seeing him over hurdles. Magic Skyline did as she had done before her previous win and simply had an off day! She never got into the race and looks like she sulked in behind. Mubrook ran pretty much as expected and proved he needed the run. He is a horse that shows nothing at home so is entitled to improve for running. All That Remains will also improve for his run. Finally Capellanus, he ran a cracker finishing 3rd behind My Tent Or Yours at big odds. The front 3 finished well clear of the others. All in all ... a good day, with all horses coming home safe and sound.
16 February 2014
It's a busy day for the team today with 8 runners. At Kempton, Capellanus loves the all weather but has it all to do as he takes on My Tent Or Yours (and 13 others. Five in A Row is in good form and has a great chance with a brilliant jockey on board. Knightly Escapade is coming back from a break but wasn't a bad flat horse in his day and should run well and All That Remains was a good bumper horse and this should suit him. At Market Rasen, Maison De Ville is having her first run for us. We have stepped her up in trip and she should like the ground. Magic Skyline will also love the ground and she should go close with the top horse being her main danger. Mubrook is coming back after a break and may just need the run. Gone Forever has a major chance as he looks to be improving all the time.
10 February 2014
We have just bought a lovely horse at the Arqana sales in France. Vodka Wells, a 4yo bay gelding.
4 February 2014
We have some very sad news. Investment Expert has sadly had to be put down after severe damage to his knee during his race at Musselburgh on Sunday. The vets did all they could for him but his injury was too severe. Our sympathies go to his owners, Cooper Yard.
30 January 2014
Another great run from Racy in Dubai but very frustrating that he didn't get a clear run.
29 January 2014
Four horses purchased at Doncaster sales yesterday are all back in the yard and seem to be settling straight in. On Vacation and Head Of The Class were purchased by Koo's Racing Club, March Seventeenth by Zuzka Hatcher and Maison De Ville, who is looking for a nice new owner! Anyone interested in becoming her owner, please give Brian a ring on 07785747426.
28 January 2014
Completion took place today on the purchase of our additional yard, Highfield Farm Stables. We are delighted to welcome Guy Brewer to the team. Guy will be in charge of the day to day running of the yard and will be another valuable member of our excellent staff!
23 January 2014
Presented gave us a winner over fences at Fakenham today. It was a good, patient ride by Daryl Jacob for owner Caroline Carr. In Dubai, Racy gave another good show, despite missing the break. He finished 6th. Tomorrow at Huntingdon, Yesyoucan has a great chance of following up on his recent win, with AP McCoy taking control from the saddle.
21 January 2014
Todays runners are Adili and Investment Expert. Adili is looking to follow up on his recent win but is 10lb higher, so it could be tough, although he will love the ground. He surprised us with his last win, hopefully he can surprise us again! Investment Expert has impressed us at home with his work and schooling, but the ground is an unknown factor!
20 January 2014
Excitement in the yard today as Top Notch Tonto and Saptapadi are both returning from their winter breaks. Over the weekend we also welcomed in another new horse, Aspirant, who was claimed by Koo's Racing Club after he finished 2nd at Lingfield on Saturday.
16 January 2014
Hoping for a double today with Yorkist at Market Rasen and Dodina at Wolverhampton. Yorkist will go up another 10lb after today so should be well in, if you believe the handicapper! Dodina ran well last time and should go close again. Fingers crossed!
13 January 2014
We would like to wish one of our owners, Mrs Julie Martin, a very Happy Birthday and look forward to showing her the new 2 year old colt by Bushranger, that her husband Phil, has bought for her! Best Wishes Julie from Brian, Claire and all the team xx
10 January 2014
Yesterday was a very good day for the team! Racy ran really well in Dubai and although he was only 8th, he wasn't beaten that far. The race will also have done him good and we would expect that he will have come on for it. He will run again in a couple of weeks. Magic Skyline was our first winner of the afternoon, with the wonderful 'AP' taking control from the saddle. She was the first of two winners for owners, Mike and Eileen Newbould, with Yorkist being their second under a good ride by Nathan Moscrop. El Massivo had been his only danger but sadly came down at the last. He has a few cuts and bruises but thankfully, he should be ok. Craig Gallagher winning the bumper on Gone Forever for Phil Martin, made it a treble on the day.
9 January 2014
It is an exciting day for the team today as Racy will be our first runner in Dubai (3.05pm UK) Having flown over on 28th December, he has been well looked after by one of our travelling head lads, David Cottle. Good luck to him, Racy's owners, Koo's Racing Club and jockey, Frederik Tylicki. Whilst Racy runs in the sunshine of Meydan, closer to home we have 5 runners at the rain soaked Catterick, who passed a morning inspection. Hopefully, the ground won't be too extreme! Magic Skyline is favourite under the Champ .. AP McCoy and we are hoping she will bounce back after a poor run last time. Yorkist, with Nathan Moscrop on board, is bidding to follow up his CD win but we have El Massivo having his first start over hurdles, as one of his competitors. We also have two runners in the bumper. Clarence Beeks, ridden by Garry Lavery, and Gone Forever, who is the most fancied of the two, under Craig Gallagher. Fingers crossed for an 'across the world double' at the very least!
6 January 2014
The National Hunt season is in full swing but with Christmas and New Year celebrations over, so are the holidays for many of our Flat horses who have now returned from their winter breaks. They will start their training regime by spending plenty of time on the walker. After 4 -6 weeks walking, cantering begins, then which will gradually build up to faster work. Using the 'Equinty Intelligent Training' system, we monitor heart rates and recovery times. This along with the weekly weighing of the horse and Brian's excellent eye, will give us a good indication of the fitness and hopefully, many of them will be ready for the start of the new season.
30 December 2013
We have now had our final runners for 2013 and are delighted and proud that we have had our best year to date with regard to the number of winners. For the first time ever, we topped 100 winners for the calendar year, with Yorkist winning at Catterick on Saturday giving us a grand total of 105! We have had good winners under both codes. Every winner is special to us as we all work very hard as a team, 365 days a year, to achieve them. That's what it is about for us... we all want winners! Thankfully, there are too many to name but some of our highlights are: Fleet Dawn winning the Jockey Club Grassroots Hurdle Series Final at Haydock, Ultimate winning a Listed race over fences at Wetherby, Montefeltro winning the Tote Super Trifecta Irish Cesarewitch and of course, Top Notch Tonto, who not only gave us our first Group winner (Group 3) he also gave us such a wonderful moment when he was runner up in the (Group 1)Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Tonto also made us very proud when he was awarded the ROA Special Achievement Award. Unfortunately, the year hasn't passed without some sadness, and we lost a few special friends. Titus Titan, Union Island, Bocciani, Simonside, Sans Loi and Becausewecan all died with various natural illnesses and BeeJayKay sustained a fatal injury whilst racing. We miss them all! Moving on to 2014, we have a very exciting time ahead of us, both on and off the track! We have recently purchased an additional yard close by. This along with the expansion of our existing yard will give us the capacity for 150 horses. Work will also be underway very soon on a new, Kraft Water Walker, which we are hoping to have installed by the end of March. This will be a great asset to us, as not only will it be used as part of the fitness regime, it will also be extremely beneficial therapy for horses with certain problems. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and hopefully we can attract some more "Group" horses to the string! We could have some superstars amongst the, soon to be, 2 year olds! Although they didn't cost a fortune, we have a nice quality bunch(a few still for sale)for next season, and we are looking forward to their progress over the next few months. We will have another "first" in 2014 when Racy will be our first runner in Dubai. Having flown out this week, he will be having his first start shortly and will probably stay out there until March. Meanwhile, at home we will continue to have a few all weather runners and hopefully our NH horses will continue to run well and start 2014 off with some winners. Now, for a few "thank you's"! Our staff .. they are a really great team. They work hard, but still have a laugh and above all else, are all dedicated to their horses and the yard. Our NH jockeys ..Danny Cook, Nathan Moscrop, Craig Gallagher, Garry Lavery and Flat jockeys, Dale Swift, Tom Eaves and Barry McHugh. They don't always get it right and yes they have probably all had a dressing down about a ride at some point, but at least we know that they are always trying their hardest and they will always do best by the horse. Finally, a big thank you has to go to owners. Not just ours ... they know how much we appreciate them, but owners in general. Without them there would be no racing. Lets hope that in 2014 more will be done by the "powers that be" for owners, starting with the prize money! And hopefully, it will be our owners that collect the majority! We would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
18 November 2013
We are over half way through November and delighted to have reached 95 winners, the same as we had the whole of 2012. Although the flat season has finished on the turf, we will still be having runners on the all weather and hopefully pick up a few more wins along the way. Silly Billy notched us up a win on Thursday at Southwell but it was Yesyoucan who gave us the winner to equalize our best ever year, at Newcastle on Friday, over fences. Today, Travis County and Magic Skyline are running at Leicester. It is Magic's first time over hurdles but she has schooled really well at home and we are expecting them both to run big races.
21 October 2013
With ground very testing at Pontefract today, it proved to much hard work for Musical Molly and Mon Brav. Adili ran ok but is just slow. He will be suited by 3 mile hurdle races! Musnad ran a cracker on his first run back from a break finishing 3rd. He is in the sales next week at Tattersalls. Totalize loved the ground and won the last with Tom Eaves onboard. Whilst he has won over hurdles, this was his first win on the flat for us. He will now go to the Irish November Handicap.
20 October 2013
It was a fantastic weekend for the team with Top Notch Tonto finishing 2nd in the Group 1 QEII and also, not to forget, Ultimate winning at Catterick under a great front running ride by Paul Pickard. Owner, Keith Brown had the guts to fork out £70,000 to supplement Tonto for the race and he picked up three times as much in 2nd prize money. We normally hate finishing 2nd as we always want to win... but on this occasion, it was welcomed. We have had a great response to the race on Facebook, (Top Notch Tonto has his own page) Twitter and by emails and texts and would like to thank everyone for all your messages. Tonto is now having a well deserved holiday but we can now look forward to campaigning him in top class races next year.
18 October 2013
Ty Gwr gave us all a bit of a surprise on Tuesday when he showed us his liking for soft ground,winning very easily at Leicester. Wednesday, we were back in the winners enclosure this time at Wetherby over hurdles. Mixed Message won the Juvenile Maiden under Danny Cook and Stormy Weather gave Nathan Moscrop his first winner for the yard in the 2m Handicap.
14 October 2013
It was a fantastic day for us yesterday when Montefeltro won the Irish Cesarewitch in the Curragh. He was given a great ride by Robert Tart, who has now won 3 out of 3 on him. We are all very excited that Keith Brown, owner of Top Notch Tonto had paid a supplementary entry fee to run him in the Group 1 QEII at Ascot on Saturday. He will be taking on some of the best horses around ... but why not! He has earned his place!
9 October 2013
September was another good month for us with 11 winners in total with a mixture of flat and hurdle wins. It was also the start of our trips to the yearling sales with 14 exciting new purchases in total. Top Notch Tonto gave us our 8oth winner of the year when winning a Listed race at Redcar on Saturday. He may have one more run before his winter break but it all depends on the ground. Meanwhile, the jumpers are all coming on nicely and we are looking forward to the winter ahead with them.
8 September 2013
Top Notch Tonto and Dale Swift gave us our first GROUP winner when winning at Haydock yesterday. Congratulations to his owner Keith Brown and many thanks for sending him to us to train.
23 July 2013
There is a great buzz around the yard as we welcome back some of our jumping boys who have returned from their summer breaks. We are also looking forward to Malton's Open Day on the 25th August, which is this year being very kindly sponsored by Betfair. Check out the web site for more information www.maltonstablesopenday.co.uk
11 July 2013
Scargill gave Brian his 700th career win on June 28th,(his 61st Birthday)at Musselburgh. He was then unlucky not to win again at Pontefract, finishing 3rd in a photo, before being sold at Tattersall Sales for 40,000 guineas. At £6000 he was a great purchase from his owner, Lee Keys and we wish his new owners every success with him as he continues his career in Quatar.
17 June 2013
Its been a great first half of the year for the team, with Christmas Lights giving us our 50th winner at York on Saturday. We are now looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully plenty more winners.
15 April 2013
It has been a great first half of the month with 8 winners on the board. Musnad started the ball rolling winning at Wetherby followed by a winner a day for a week. Beaumonts Party at Newcastle, Dolphin Rock at Pontefract, Royal Opera at Catterick, Phase Shift at Ludlow, Discovery Bay at Wetherby and a quick follow up win by Beaumonts Party, this time at Doncaster.
1 April 2013
March ended on 10 winners thanks to Fleet Dawn and Danny Cook winning the Grassroots Hurdle Series Final at Haydock on Saturday. It could have been a fantastic cross card double if the line at Doncaster had come a stride later for Global Village in the Lincoln Handicap. He was beaten a nose in a thrilling finish!
28 March 2013
It was a good double for the team at Wetherby yesterday. Discovery Bay was having his first start for us and despite concerns for the going, he won in good style. Neptune Equester completed the double thanks to another great ride by Danny Cook. He now goes for the Scottish National.
22 March 2013
A great start to the 2013 flat season with Gouray Girl winning at Doncaster. Hoping for big runs from Global Village and Memory Cloth in tomorrows Lincoln, with conditions to suit both horses.
25 February 2013
Just over 2 weeks to the Cheltenham festival and the excitement is building in the yard. All being well, Viva Colonia,Totalize and Cape Explorer will be going with Neptune Equester, Stormy Weather, Yesyoucan, Ultimate being possibilities.
15 February 2013
After his good win at Kelso yesterday, Totalize will be aimed for the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham festival.
11 February 2013
Delighted to announce that our first foal of the year was born this morning. Lily Lenor gave birth to her second filly foal (Monsieur Bond. Mother and daughter both doing well!
3 February 2013
Viva Colonia secured his place at Cheltenham when winning in good style at Musselburgh today, under a great ride by Danny Cook. He is entered in both the Arkle and the Grand Annual, with the Grand Annual looking the more likely.
30 January 2013
Yesterday at Doncaster Bloodstock Sales I purchased a former Darley horse, Palazzo Bianco, with targets of the Chester Cup and Northumberland Plate in mind! He has had time off since his last run due to an injury, but has now had the all clear. The 5yo arrived back in the yard last night and was gelded this morning! All he needs now is a nice new owner ... Ring me on 07785747426 if you are interested.
27 January 2013
Capellanus won today at Wolverhampton in a jumpers bumpers card. He has been disappointing over hurdles but seemed to enjoy himself back on the flat and won well.
25 January 2013
2012 gave us 95 winners which was our best year ever. Our aim is to keep improving with more winners and more horses. We are now well into January and have had a steady start with 5 winners on the board. Most of the horses are now back in training and the 2yo's are cantering away nicely. We have some exciting times ahead!
19 November 2012
It has been a quiet spell with winners (a few seconds) but Stormy Weather got us off the cold trainers list on Saturday when he made an impressive winning debut over fences at Wetherby. Bothy delighted us yesterday at Cheltenham when he gave his career best performance to finish 4th to Olofi. After missing last season due to injury, he was running off a stone higher mark but still ran his heart out. He is such a star! The new horses have all settled in well. Some are having a short break whilst the others have been pleasing with their work and schooling. We are looking forward to a few of them running soon.
1 November 2012
On October 26th, Local Present became our 85th winner of the year, breaking our record for the most winners in a year, set in 2011. We are now desperate to reach the 100 mark and Simonsides win at Aintree (at long odds) on the 28th made us one closer to our target. In our last update, we mentioned that we were heading to Newmarket sales to buy some future stars! Hopefully, we did just that! We bought 11 in total. They are, Mashaari, Twelve Strings, Totalize, Spanish Duke, Knightly Escapade, Sorcellerie, Becausewecan, Gouray Girl, Cape Explorer, Wyborne and True Prince. Winged Icarus and Sans Loi also joined us last week. Exciting times ahead!
23 October 2012
It has been nearly 3 months since we updated our website, so we have lots of 'latest' news. No excuses for not keeping up with the times, apart from we have been busy trying to train winners, building new stables and a jumping lane, and buying new horses. Since our last update we have had 32 winners bringing us to a total of 82 for the year. We are trying our very best to beat last years total of 84, so fingers crossed! We have been to the yearling sales at Doncaster and Tattersalls in Ireland and Newmarket and have been stocking up on new horses for next year. Some of these are still for sale, so contact us if you fancy a 2yr old for next season! We are also attending next week's Horses in Training sale in the search for a few new stars! We have some of our own horses going through the ring to hopefully make pennies to pay for them! Secret Destination, Majestic Breeze, Feeling Good, Certral, Rano Pano, Artisan, and Future Wonder, all of which can be seen prior to the sale if anyone is interested.(We would be more than happy to continue training them for any purchaser.) When we have a day which is not foggy or raining our photographer Louise Pollard will be taking photographs to update this site. Until then, our apologies for the lack of them. We will do our best to catch up soon.
2 August 2012
July was a fairly good month for the team. We had our 50th winner of the year with Soopacal and hit our 600 career mark with Majestic Breeze. A trip to Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket resulted in the purchase of 5 new horses. Calaf, Tappanappa, Flash Fox, Star Kingdom and Al Freej, all joined the string along with Porgy, Dolphin Rock, Dream Risk, Heroine Chic and Joyful Sound who were sent to us by their owners. On a sad note, Well Green broke his pelvis in a fall at Market Rasen and was sadly put to sleep. August started off with a winner when Florio Vincitorie completed a hat trick. We have a busy few days coming up, starting tomorrow with Memory Cloth at Goodwood, Soopacal and Christmas Light at Musselburgh, It's A Mans World at Thirsk and Rano Pano making her debut over hurdles at Bangor. Saturday takes us to Newmarket with Secret Destination and Stormy Weather, Doncaster with Calaf and at Newton Abbot, we have All That Remains and Quiet Route.
26 June 2012
June has been a good month for us so far, (fingers crossed we end it well)despite the awful weather conditions. With a mixture of flat and jumps, the tally for the month is 9 and with plenty of runners at Carlisle tomorrow and the next 3 days at Newcastle, we are praying that we can get into double figures by Saturday. This may be a difficult task as conditions are set to be very testing but we are out to give it our best shot. We are represented at Carlisle tomorrow by our beautiful 2yo filly, Secret Destination. Having been the bridesmaid on her last 2 starts, we are hoping she goes one better and gets the win she deserves. Amaze follows up on his maiden win at Ripon in the Carlisle Bell and Union Island is back on the flat after a couple of runs over hurdles and is our hope in the Cumberland Plate. Finally tomorrow, Best Trip is going for his hat trick after his nice win at Windsor last week. Looking ahead to Thursday .. we have a very special birthday celebration taking place as Brian hits the grand 'old' age of 60!It would make his day if he were to have a winner, especially if it came in the form of John Forbes(named after Brian's late Father!) Adding to the excitement of the day, we are really looking forward to the first run of our 2yo, Titus Titan for our new owners, Market Avenue Racing Club. We are delighted to welcome them into our yard and hope that we can have lots of success for them, with fun along the way.
13 May 2012
It was a fantastic day for the yard yesterday with Global Village winning the Victoria Cup at Ascot under a great ride by Tadhg O'Shea. Congratulations to delighted owners Jack Racing Melksham.
12 May 2012
It has been a fairly good week for the team with only Pelmanism out of the first four placings. Last Saturday, Lifetime did the job nicely at Goodwood. Memory Cloth and Odins Raven, excellent seconds and Mon Brav ran well to finish third. Tuesday at Southwell, Lindoro followed up on his win last week. Lakeman and Feeling Good were second, Travis County and Hakuna Matata both showed improvement and finished third. At Catterick on Tuesday evening, Dontpaytheferryman was slightly dissapointing in third and Three White Socks in fourth. Kelso was called off after a late downpour... the horses had made the long trip North before the announcement was made...typical! Friday night was another long trip to Scotland, this time it was Hamilton.. which was on!However, Royal Opera only managed third place! Today, we are heading back down South...Ascot! Certral in the fillies race and Pravda Street and Global Village in the Victoria Cup, all with good chances. Tonight, it's Warwick with Dontpaytheferryman running back over hurdles and at Thirsk, Odins Raven who is hoping to go one better than his run last week.
5 May 2012
It has been a week of mixed emotions for us all at Spring Cottage. Starting with the tragic loss of Optimist who fractured his cannon bone whilst racing at Sedgefield on Tuesday. On Wednesday our mood was lifted with the confirmation from the vets that Chilly Filly and Mawjoodah have both scanned in foal. More very sad news on Thursday when we learned that Light Up My World, who we had retired due to a breathing problem, had become so poorly that the vets could not save him. Two gone, but two created... the circle of life! Thankfully, last night Lindoro, who was having his first run for us, won at Musselburgh under a great ride by Amy Ryan. We are hoping that we can keep up our lifted spirits with our runners today. Memory Cloth is in a tough race at Newmarket but goes in good form. Lifetime has a good chance at Goodwood. Mon Brav and Pelmanism are making their seasonal reappearances at Thirsk and are both fit and well, as is Odins Raven, who rounds off the day in the last at Doncaster.
29 April 2012
Red Inca could only manage 7th place so it wasn't the perfect end to the jumps season, however the season in general has been excellent and we finished the trainers championship in 19th place, with a 16% strike rate. Memory Cloth won as we hoped at Ripon. Another winner for owners, Racing Management and Training!
28 April 2012
Hoping to end a great National Hunt season with a good run from Red Inca at Sandown this afternoon. In the first race at Ripon, Memory Cloth, who should relish the ground, could also go close. Now that would be a nice double!
25 April 2012
We had 4 runners last night at Southwell. Lakeman ran in the claimer but it was his first run back from his holidays and he had a good blow after the race. Secret Destination showed she had improved on her disappointing first run and ran a cracker to finish 2 3/4l behind a well thought of colt, Storm Moon. Bring Sweets was slightly disappointing, having looked all over the winner turning into the straight, he didn't go on when asked and only managed a 3rd place. More was also expected of Travis County who only beat one home! Today, we are at Catterick with John Forbes and Majestic Breeze and expecting good runs from them both.
24 April 2012
It was Doncaster Horses in Training sales today. Marsh Warbler, Royal Opera and Dontpaytheferryman went into the ring but they didn't reach their reserve prices, so we happily brought them home, along with another new purchase, Spin Cast.
23 April 2012
We have today announced the retirement of Sound Accord who unfortunately sustained a tendon injury during his win at Haydock. A good home will now be found for him. Today was the breeze up sales at Doncaster and we are excited to have purchased a 2yr old colt by Holy Roman Empereror, out of, Ask For The Moon. He is a lovely, big strong colt who breezed up very nicely.
22 April 2012
We were delighted with Global Village who finished 3rd at Newbury and also Bocciani who was 2nd at Ayr yesterday. Pravda Street was badly hampered early in the race and had little chance there after and the jockey said that Rano Pano hated the very soft ground.
21 April 2012
Global Village is looking to follow up on his recent success at Leicester, when he runs today at Newbury in the Spring Cup. It is a step up in class but he came out of his race bouncing, so we are hopeful of a good run, despite his poor draw. Pravda Street is making his seasonal reappearence at Thirsk and Rano Pano runs tonight at Nottingham. Bocciani runs over hurdles at Ayr and should have a good chance.
19 April 2012
We were a bit disappointed with Secret Destination on her racing debut yesterday. She missed the break and never got competitive. At Cheltenham, Dusky Bob finished 5th. The race probably came too soon for him after Haydock and he will now be having a holiday. Amtired ran a cracker.. finishing 3rd, despite the ground being too soft for him. Today we only have 1 runner..Feeling Good, who is having his first run back on the grass, at Ripon, after his good start last time out on the all weather.
18 April 2012
Memory Cloth ran well at Southwell, finishing 3rd. Today we have our first 2yr old runner of the season, Secret Destination who is running at Beverley. She is a lovely natured filly and has had plenty of work, but it is a very hot race and she may just find one or two, too good for her. We also have a couple running over hurdles at Cheltenham, Dusky Bob, and Amtired, both in competitive races but both in good form at home.
17 April 2012
Memory Cloth is having his first run on the all weather today at Southwell. He is very well and if the takes to the surface, he would have a big chance. Good luck to owners, Racing Management & Training.
15 April 2012
Our first runner in the Grand National, Neptune Equester completed the race in 13th. He jumped every fence perfectly but was hampered at a couple and could never get competitive. We are very proud of him and delighted that he came home safe and sound. He is now out in the paddock having a well deserved holiday. Lifetime won at Newcastle, giving us our 3rd flat winner of the week.
14 April 2012
It was an excellent ride by Keiren Fallon, winning on Global Village at Leicester yesterday. Today.. its the big one! Neptune Equester in the Grand National. He may be a big priced outsider but he jumps and stays well and has been freshened up for the race. Whatever the outcome.. we just want him to come home safe and sound, along with the other 39 runners who will hopefully be following him over the line! We also have 3 running on the flat at Newcastle, all with competitive chances. Lets hope the team have a happy day!
13 April 2012
The yard is buzzing with excitement as we look forward to Neptune Equester running in tomorrow's Grand National at Aintree. He is the first runner we have had in the big race and we will be the first English yard to have had a runner in both the Melbourne Cup and the Grand National.... and for this we are very proud! (Please note today is Friday 13th.. not April 4th..a gremlin on the date section!)
12 April 2012
Chilly Filly delighted us, and owner, Dan Gilbert, winning yesterday at Catterick under a great ride from Barry McHugh. Majestic Breeze and Certral also ran well on their seasonal reappearances. Majestic was 3rd and Certral 2nd.
11 April 2012
Camerooney and Odins Raven both had their first runs of the season yesterday and ran well enough. The ground was too soft for Camerooney and it was Odin's first run since fracturing a bone in his hind leg last year. Today we have Majestic Breeze, Chilly Filly, Striking Cat and Mahfal at Catterick and Certral and Dilizan are at Nottingham. Majestic, Chilly and Certral are making their seasonal reapperances and although they have been going well enough at home, I expect that they will all improve further for todays races. Striking Cat is making her racecousre debut and it will be interesting to see how she copes. Mahfal should enjoy being back on turf and we are hoping he improves on his all weather runs and Dilizan makes his handicap debut.
10 April 2012
It was a great weekend for the team winning the two big races of the day at Haydock. Our oldest horse in the yard, Sound Accord who is the grand old age of 11, won the final of the Betfair Series Chase,for delighted owner Zuzka Hatcher. Bocciani ran a great race also picking up the prize for 3rd. The next race was the Betfair Series Hurdle final where 7 of our horses took part. Hada Men who started the race as favourite gave a gutsy peformance to win, with Andreo Bambaleo running his best race to finish 4th. All of the horses came home safe and sound but some have had a busy season and now in need of a well deserved holiday.
6 April 2012
Its a busy day for the team tomorrow with 10 runners at Haydock. Bocciani and Sound Accord start off the busy afternoon in the Betfair Chase Series Final and both have a competitive chance. Then its the Betfair Hurdle Series Final with 7 runners. Hada Men, Union Island, John Forbes, Simonside, Andreo Bambaleo, Dusky Bob and Dontpaytheferryman. Hada men will probably go into the race favourite but all 7 horses are bouncing at home and we are expecting big runs from all of them. Dizzy River will round up the afternoon. Having missed the cut for the hurdle final he now goes for the handicap hurdle and hopefully will give us another chance for a winner!
28 March 2012
Union Island won for the first time over hurdles for us at Market Rasen yesterday. He was given a great front running ride by James Best and made all to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
3 March 2012
We have been working on a new look for our website, so apologies that the news hasn't been updated recently. We still have a bit of work to do to get all the information up to date but hopefully that won't take too much longer. If anyone has any suggestions on what they would like to see on our site or any more improvements that can be made...please send us a message via our contact page.
12 February 2012
Yesterday, Stormy Weather won the Scottish County Hurdle with Dontpaytheferryman running a fantastic race in 3rd. Red Inca and Dizzy River were both 4th. Ultimate was disappointing but the ground was probably too soft for him and SImonside needs a stiffer track. Today is another busy day with 7 runners at Southwell.
11 February 2012
-14 at Malton this morning but luckily it's a beautiful day at Musselburgh. 6 runners all with each way chances.
8 February 2012
The big freeze continues..Spare a thought for our staff. It was -8 when we started work this morning. Everything is frozen (especially them)which means 70 water buckets have to be filled from an inside tap. The horses are being boxed in two's up to the gallops as it is too dangerous to walk.. but we are not complaining.. at least we are still getting out and spirits are still good.
7 February 2012
A change of tactics clearly didn't suit Neptune Equester yesterday and it turned out to be another disappointing run. He will have a break now and if he gets in will go straight for the Grand National. Grand Shift showed a bit of promise, staying on to finish 5th.
6 February 2012
With racing off yesterday it's great that Ayr goes ahead. Neptune Equester is hoping to put his Warwick run behind him and bounce back with a win and in the bumper, Grand Shift makes his debut.
4 February 2012
We hope the snow and frost keeps away from Musselburgh tomorrow. Simonside, Dizzy River, Stormy Weather and Dontpaytheferryman are all heading up.. Weather permitting! Stormy Weather could be an omen! Ferryman is in the same race and going for a hat trick at the track..either could win! Simonside and Dizzy River are also both in the same race.. Both well and it will also be hard to split them.
1 February 2012
With no wins at Southwell yesterday, January ended with a total of 7 winners, 1 up on Jan last year. Overrule added to the tally of 2nds but Soopacal was dissapointing. Today, Hada Men has his first start for us over hurdles having won 3/3 for us on the flat.
31 January 2012
It has been a good start to the year and we are hoping to add to the winners at Southwell today with Overrule and Soopacal. Fingers crossed!
29 January 2012
Bocciani has turned out to be a great buy for his owner John MacGregor having being in the first 3 home 10 out of 11 starts for us. He ran a cracker again at Doncaster finishing 2nd and now goes to Cheltenham. Greyfriarschorista was very unlucky at Lingfield having suffered from a knock sideways. He finished the race well but too late. No runners now until Tuesday.
28 January 2012
Last night, Three White Socks was a bit disappointing but it was his first run back and the jockey said he badly needed it and didn't like the track. Today we have Bocciani at Doncaster and Greyfriarschorista at Lingfield. Both horses are in good form and we are hopeful for big runs.
27 January 2012
Mahfal proved that he did need a step up in trip but looked as if he could also need something on his head to help him focus. He was out battled on the run in and was beaten a neck. Today.. Three White Socks makes a return to the track after being off with an injury for 239 days.
27 January 2012
We are very proud that Jessica Bell has made it through to the last 10 of the Godolphin Stable Staff Awards in the High Achiever category.
We wish her the best of luck. She deserves to win!
26 January 2012
Dontpaytheferryman..wins again!What a star! Sands of Vatersay finished 3rd having jumped like an old pro on her first hurdling start. Today Mahfal runs at Newcastle and its hoped that he step up in trip will improve him.
25 January 2012
Adili, having missed the break badly, failed to make an impression on his debut at Southwell yesterday but he will improve with experience and time. Union Island ran well but probably needed the run. Today Sands of Vatersay has her first start over hurdles and Dontpaytheferryman is aiming to follow up on his recent win..both at Musselburgh.
24 January 2012
Red Inca and Lifetime seemed to enjoy their first experience over hurdles and we were delighted with them both. Red Inca finished 3rd and Lifetime was 4th. 'Andy Bam' was also 3rd. He didn't look to see out the trip in that ground which was pretty soft. Musnad was extremley dissapointing. The race wasn't run to suit him.. the only excuse.
24 January 2012
Runners today.. Adili making his first racecourse appearance and Union Island, back after a break.. both at Southwell. It will be interesting to see how they both get on. I am off to Doncaster Sales.. if anyone interested in buying one .. please ring me on 07785747426.
23 January 2012
Amtired and Powerful Ambition both delighted us with their performances. Both finished 2nd.. and just beaten by better horses on the day. John Forbes was slightly disappointing but the race was competitive and he probably wants to go back up in trip. Today.. Lifetime and Red Inca make their hurdling debuts and join Andreo Bambaleo at Wetherby. At Wolverhampton we have Musnad in what looks a tricky little race.
22 January 2012
Marsh Warbler ran a cracker.. finished 3rd but made a mistake at the last which cost him. Today at Market Rasen.. Amtired is hoping to put the disaster at Wetherby behing him(he ran out at the last)but we are confident he will and has cheek pieces on to help him. We are hopeful that we will see an improvement in Powerful Ambition as he is stepped up in trip and in handicap company for the first time. Our old boy, John Forbes is also back out today.. this time over hurdles.
21 January 2012
Hada Men made it 3/3 for us last night when he won at Wolverhampton under Brian Toomey. Tilo's Gem travelled much better but when they quickened from around the bend he was caught flat footed and just stayed on at the one pace. He will now go jumping. Dilizan will have learned from his first experience at the races. He did not disgrace himself. Today we are hoping that Haydock passes an inspection...If so Marsh Warbler runs and he will love the ground.
20 January 2012
After a quiet week (off the track) we have 3 runners tonight at Wolverhampton. Hada Men is in excellent form and going for a hat trick but we also have Tilo's Gem in the same race, who has improved since his last run and should go close himself. We also have Dilizan making his first racecourse appearence. He is a lovely horse and whatever he does tonight, he will improve upon in time.
16 January 2012
Neptune Equester was very disappointing on Saturday. He didn't jump as well as he normally does and never got into the race at all. We don't think the track suited him and he seemed to sulk in behind. He is a lot better horse than that performance. Simonside ran well enough, he just didn't see the distance out at that particular track. No runners for a few days.
14 January 2012
Yesterday at Musselburgh.. Artisan ran really well and was only beaten a short head. Dontpaytheferryman delighted us by winning the seller but at Huntington Dane Cottage only managed a 5th. Neptune Equester runs today in the BetFred Classic and also at Warwick, Simonside runs in the Pertemps qualifier.
13 January 2012
Upper Lambourn joins the string having been claimed at Southwell yesterday, after his win over Soopocal. Liteup My World having being off the the track for so long was 'rusty' and badly needed his run. Hakuna Matata jumped brilliantly on his first start over hurdles but he struggled to get home and could possibly need a wind operation. Today.. Dontpaytheferryman and Artisan head up to Musselburgh, whilst Dane Cottage goes South to Huntingdon.
12 January 2012
It will be an interesting days racing for us today. Soopacal is having his first start for us, Liteup My World is back on the track after 573 days and Hakuna Matata makes his debut over hurdles.
11 January 2012
It was a 1-2-3 yesterday! The winner was at Southwell, where Hada Men who was a 1-6 fav won as the odds expected him to do. Unfortunately, our other odds on fav, Westlin Winds didn't follow suit and could only manage 2nd...he was later claimed! Mahfal finished 3rd but is crying out for a longer trip.
10 January 2012
Hoping to continue a good start to the year with 3 runners today, all of which should go close. Hada Men runs at Southwell and is a short price favourite after his win last week. Westlin Winds drops in grade at Leicester and Mahfal is in a fairly weak race, also at Leicester.
9 January 2012
Overrule finally won again!
8 January 2012
Newcastle proved to be a successful day! Stormy Weather put up a gutsy performance and won under a great ride by Dougie Costello. Andreo Bambaleo with the assistance of blinkers and Charlie Poste managed to get a clear round and finished 3rd. Today is back on the flat at Southwell with Overrule in the seller.
7 January 2012
Two runners today at Newcastle. Stormy Weather is hoping to go one better than when he was runner-up on his last start, 3 weeks ago. Andreo Bambaleo, who was brought down on his first start for us, then unseated on New Years Day, has blinkers fitted today, which hopefully will help him concentrate.. third time lucky for him!
5 January 2012
Delighted with Dusky Bob's peformance yesterday. He showed his previous enthusiasm and stayed on gamely to finish 2nd. No runners today!
4 January 2012
Dusky Bob got off to a good start for us, having won his first two races. He was disputing the lead when falling at the last at Wetherby and then ran a shocker at Ascot on his last start. We are hoping that was a one off and that he can bounce back today at Huntingdon.
3 January 2012
The runners of the year so far have been slightly disappointing. At Musselburgh on Sunday, Andreo Bambaleo unseated his jockey but both were ok. Marsh Warbler was not given the greatest ride in the world and John Forbes didn't jump as well as he normally does. Optimist ran the best finishing 3rd in the bumper. Yesterday at Southwell, Global Village never travelled and did well to finish 2nd. So we are now hoping it's 3rd day lucky with Hada Man having his first run for us today.
3 January 2012
Hada Men gets us off the Mark in 2012!
1 January 2012
Happy New Year! We are hoping for a good start to 2012 with 4 runners at Musselburgh.
30 December 2011
Our last two runners of 2011, Powerful Ambition and Bocciani are subject to an 8am inspection at Haydock.
30 December 2011
Haydock is on .. but Powerful Ambition is a non-runner (bruised foot)
30 December 2011
Bocciani wins at Haydock.. making the grand total 85 for the year.
29 December 2011
We were pleased with the two runners yesterday.. Mahfal had been outpaced and driven along but stayed on strongly to finish 6th. Royal Opera was 2nd.. no excuses just beaten by a good horse. No runners today...
29 December 2011
Delighted to announce that Danny Cook is now out of hospital following surgery on his knee. Sadly, he will be out of action for a few months but is determined to waste no time in being back and already counting the days.
28 December 2011
Two runners today.. lets hope its better than yesterday. Mahfal runs at Catterick and Royal Opera is at Leicester and is now ridden by Felix De Giles who has taken the ride from our injured Danny Cook.
27 December 2011
A bad day at the office...Amtired ran out at the last hurdle and crashed through the rails. Luckily he came home ok but poor Danny Cook landed heavily on his knee and has broken it in 3 places. He will have an operation tomorrow... we wish him a speedy recovery. Fearghal Davies took over his ride on Artisan.. but he stood no chance of staying in the saddle when was badly hampered... both ok.
26 December 2011
It is a busy day today with 9 runners. Dane Cottage and Dontpaytheferryman go to Market Rasen. Dizzy River, Neptune Equester, Simonside, Bocciani, Bring Sweets and Ananda Kanda will keep us on our toes at Wetherby and Kingswinford is at Wolverhampton.
26 December 2011
Delighted with Simonside who showed a great attitude whilst making all to win. Ananda Kanda was 2nd, probably beaten by one better on the day. Dane Cottage, Bocciani and Dizzy River were 3rd. Dontpaytheferryman was disappointing and unseated when well beaten. Neptune Equester ran well but really needs 4 miles and Kingswinford was claimed after finishing 5th.
North Yorkshire based racehorse trainer, Brian Ellison, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 28th 1952, the same day that the red hot favourite, Souepi, won the Pitmen's Derby (Northumberland Plate) at Newcastle's Gosforth Park racecourse.
We now have 64 stables at Spring Cottage, after the construction of a new barn incorporating 18 new stables was completed in December 2003 and a further 12 stables adjacent to the barn, which were built more recently.
The yard has also benefited from the installation of a horse walker. This is covered and floodlit to enable use when it is dark and during bad weather. The walker can take up to five horses at any one time and is invaluable for horses coming back from injury that require steady controlled exercise. It is also used to loosen muscles prior to exercise.