A hump with a view (apologies to EM Forster)

We know that the National Hunt season must be resuming in earnest when we head back to Kelso, and they have an excellent 8 race card on Sunday to kick off the season.  We run Sydney Cove for Lisa Ogilvie in the 5pm; he is making his debut for the stable, Lucy rides, 14 run and the ground […]

30 September 2011|


.. what have we done to deserve this, glorious sunshine and temperatures in low 20s, straw being baled, horses basking in the fields, trainer in his deckchair (ha ha).  First decent summers day since, well, longer than I can remember, I’m confused and nature is confused, several horses have their winter coats and were dripping […]

28 September 2011|


A bit damp here but harvest finished last night and indian summer on the way, today Lucy rides Daytime Dreamer in the 3.50 at Sedgefield for Martin Todhunter, he has been in good form on the flat but has a few questions to answer back over hurdles in what looks like a competitive race.  We […]

27 September 2011|

Le soleil

Yes, the sun made a rare appearance today, a glorious autumn morning and after a bit more rain tomorrow night we are going to enjoy some much needed better weather for a few days, harvest can be finished, straw baled and the grass gallops rested.  Plenty of action here this morning with next week’s potential runners […]

24 September 2011|

Autumn leaves……

I tend to feel a little wistful leaving Perth on the final day of the season, autumn is in the air and feelings are mixed between the excitement and promise of galloping winter horses on the track after racing and the sadness of the passing of another summer and season of fun.  We had a […]

23 September 2011|

Tough start

A tough start as a professional yesterday for Lucy with two outsiders; Floreana was out of her depth and never able to compete, Mirage Dore ran a more promising sort of race but tired in the latter stages to finish a remote 5th at 33-1.  The Paddy Premium was tiring in 4th when unseating Wilson […]

22 September 2011|

22 September 2011|

Off we go

The Paddy Premium (Lucy)The waiting’s over and tomorrow we send out our first runner since 5th June when The Paddy Premium lines up for Mark Fleming in the 3.35 at Perth, 6 run, Wilson Renwick rides and the ground will be on the soft side.  He seems fit and well and schooled nicely this morning […]

20 September 2011|


A wet night and wild this morning as the tail-end of Hurricane Katia blows in. Not a day for messing about; 3 lots, 25 mins warm-up in the school, twice up the all-weather, 20 mins warm down and back in. It feels as if we have already had more than our share of autumn storms […]

12 September 2011|

Oh wettest of years……

Annual rainfall records are being broken and we sit here with a couple of hundred acres of valuable grain to combine with no sign of the weather giving us the chance;  all over Scotland there are huge tracts of land heavy with cereals, the absence of sun has made them slow to ripen and people […]

11 September 2011|