Frost Free

Amazingly we have escaped frost for the past two days so with a bleak forecast we have done plenty of work on the grass gallops today with some of the others schooling over hurdles and fences.  Entries have been made for Musselburgh on Sunday and Ayr on Monday, sadly the P2P that we had hoped would be […]

31 January 2012|


Frost strikes, p2p off, Sedgefield off, a quiet day on the yard yesterday, horses all on the walker, all calm and relaxed.  Weather looks like it could go two ways later this week, either an icy blast from Siberia is going to set in or the low moving in off the Atlantic will keep things […]

30 January 2012|

Creeping South………

A crisp frosty morning but all-weather in fine condition and plenty of work on it for most of them with those having an easier time heading up for a hack in the forestry.  A splendid afternoon’s racing on the television and plenty of clues for the big Festivals coming up in the Spring, disappointing to […]

28 January 2012|

Tipsy by name..

Northern Racing doesn’t stretch to providing a “big screen” on weekdays at Newcastle with the result that most of the racegoers watch the races in the bars, this kills the atmosphere outside but creates a great atmosphere inside, Mrs A seemed to think that I became a little over-excited yesterday when cheering Tipsy Dara to […]

27 January 2012|

Reality bites…

Réveillez-Alexander, un peu trop de l’absinthe, hier je pense – back to the real world today and a busy morning with Buffalo Ballet, Four Fiddlers and Commercial Express working well at Lucinda’s and Almost Blue, Seeking Power and Little Glenshee working on the grass here.  Tipsy Dara and Papamoa had a pre race stretch here on […]

25 January 2012|

Up Periscope

Well, another exhausting day putting logs into my stove, thanks to the latest addition to my office I no longer have to venture outside to monitor my horses in training.I had oftened wondered what was becoming of the periscopes from the Royal Navy Submarines that were being decommisioned on the Clyde and after a few discreet […]

24 January 2012|

Brothers and Sisters

Five years ago this weekend 16yo Lucy rode her first winner on her first ride in a point-to-point at the West Percy at Alnwick;  it was a tremendous result yesterday therefore that Kit rode his first double at the same meeting on the homebred brother and sister Native Coll and Amulree, the latter owned by Lucy, all fairly unique […]

23 January 2012|


Cold and breezy today but mainly dry and a constructive morning with the horses, Four Fiddlers, Papamoa and Tipsy Dara headed over to Lucinda’s, some worked on the all-weather here and tomorrow’s runners had a scamper round the farm and a pop over the fences. Desperate day yesterday in the end as we lost Massini […]

21 January 2012|

Busy Weekend

Cold again today, horses having a couple of spins up the all weather before some more serious work tomorrow, hoping to run four at the West Percy p2p on Sunday- Northern Flame, Native Coll, Amulree and Flaming Thistle, all due to be ridden by Kit. Mrs A and I are speeding up the East Coast […]

20 January 2012|

Joy of joys!

Miracles do happen and 2012 is suddenly getting much better, yesterday afternoon a dog resembling joey was spotted by a friend being walked in the Lomond Hills, the “walker” was followed home and confronted and joey is now back in friendly hands and will be returning home tomorrow. I was in the loo on the […]

19 January 2012|