Lots of Pics!

Bitterly cold at Kelso yesterday and overnight rain produced testing ground, not what we wanted for Isla Pearl Fisher but we ran him and he put up a reasonable effort to finish 4th all things considered, he is bright and well this morning and the plan is to head to Musselburgh on 13th Jan to […]

30 December 2011|

Stormy again…..

Another westerly storm blows in off the Atlantic and batters our little farm, fierce weather but amazingly we managed to get first lot out onto the grass where they worked well, brave horses, brave riders, 2nd lot confined to the school and all-weather in shocking conditions and, well, 3rd lot were yesterday’s workers so I […]

28 December 2011|


Kauto StarRacing on the front pages for the right reasons today, the simply magnificent Kauto Star wins his fifth King George VI Chase as an 11yo with an awesome display of galloping and jumping, in doing so he warmed the heart of racing fans and the wider public that looks in on our sport every Boxing Day.  Not […]

27 December 2011|

Boxing Day

Boxing Day, 6.45am, the Kinneston kitchen, I come in from feeding the horses, make myself a lemsip, Lucy at the computer, packed up and ready to go, checking the traffic situation, very stormy outside, she has 5 rides at Wetherby this afternoon (4 hour drive first), then booked for one at Wetherby tomorrow, three at Catterick on […]

26 December 2011|

Happy Christmas!

Well, it’s that time so Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2012 to everyone who follows the blog and, most importantly, thank you for taking an interest.Isla Pearl FisherA mild, damp & breezy festive period with a benign forecast so happy trainer this morning as 20 horses had a couple of gentle canters on the all-weather, […]

24 December 2011|

On the grass

Mild, dull & damp today but grass gallop in good shape and half a dozen did a nice piece of work

22 December 2011|

The Buffalo has wings…

 Far from the madding crowd, trainer and son opt for a close up view  Mild air arrives, bringing rain but banishing the frost. Another day of ups and downs at Musselburgh yesterday, Isla Patriot unseated Lucy at the first which was frustrating, she then had a good winner on Red Tamber, finally in […]

21 December 2011|


Unpleasant morning today, drizzle on top of frozen ground, fresh Monday morning horses all combining to create a trainer’s nightmare, all just about in unscathed but laid-back temperament put to the test!  Happy about the forecast, turning mild and not too wet for the next week or so, no white Christmas this year.Buffalo Ballet (left) heads […]

19 December 2011|


There are few things more agonising than having to pull out a warm favourite but I have done that today at Carlisle.  My view is that the very worst sort of ground is heavy with a hard frost coming out late, whilst Papamoa is a soft ground horse the holding glue-like conditions with frozen bits that arise just swing […]

18 December 2011|

Party Time

I think the expression is “OMG” – well, didn’t everyone scrub up well for the Xmas night out, great fun but not sure about all the girls wearing such high heels, made me feel a bit stumpy! Slower start this morning but no frost and all the horses worked on the all-weather, I sped off […]

16 December 2011|