Another fine mild day in prospect, amazingly quiet forecast for next 10 days, always makes me feel uneasy for some reason, we will end up paying for it sooner or later… Lots of work on the grass gallops planned for today which remain in good order despite the daily efforts of 2000 greylag geese to […]

29 February 2012|


For many years I have sat in my office and from time to time heard the comforting sound of eighty-something year old Jock splitting logs into kindling…boom….. boom…… boom….. sadly Jock eventually retired a year or so ago, but today I hear the noise again, the ghost of Jock’s past, what is going on, ahh, ’tis the […]

28 February 2012|

Balmy or Barmy?

Slightly dreich today but tomorrow we are promised our warmest February day ever and Kelso look like having to water ahead of their premier fixture on Saturday, that is certainly unprecedented.  Looking further ahead I spy a little sting in winter’s tail but, long range weather forecasting? this was meant to have been a very hard […]

27 February 2012|


Another fair day and the grass gallops are in perfect condition, we use gallop markers to define where the horses work, by doing this we rotate the ground and repair as well as we can with a grass harrow once we move off it, as a result today’s ground had not been used since late […]

25 February 2012|


Mild and blowy again, a quiet day for most of the horses but schooling over hurdles for Academy, Little Glenshee and Papamoa,decent piece of work on the grass for Sundays intended p2p runners Almost Blue and Flaming Thistle.Racing has a curious habit of reflecting life, on Tuesday at Ascot Sales lot 43 was unsold at […]

23 February 2012|

Windy Wednesday

Blowing a bit of a gale here today but very mild and the forecast is for much of the same until early next month so  I’m going to relax, winter is defeated – salt spreader, snow plough etc can all go back into storage… (tempting fate?) Busy morning again, with Four Fiddlers, Papamoa and Academy […]

22 February 2012|

Blowy Monday

Wild and windy today but a top morning jumping a few young horses off the flat that are scheduled for a spring campaign over hurdles, nothing better than seeing the penny drop, also spent some time jumping some of the older ones who seems to be struggling with their fluency.  A quiet week on the […]

20 February 2012|


A good morning with the horses yesterday, some here on the all-weather, some at Lucinda’s and some here on the grass. I hope I am better at training horses than children to drive, Clare’s first go with her Dad lasted all of 30 yards….(must let her drive next time!)Oops, an early collision with a wall […]

19 February 2012|


Ahh, Saturday morning and a free run at the golden syrup, busy morning ahead with plans for lots of the horses to work in a variety of places, then looking forward to a cracking afternoon’s racing on Channel Four, I watched Sprinter Sacre’s performance at Newbury yesterday, broke the course record hard held, surely the best […]

18 February 2012|


Lucy on Kealigolane at Kelso yesterday Well, Forcefield failed to act on the fast ground and after the first hurdle refused to let himself down which was disappointing, probably not his sort of track either. Yet again though Lucy quickly cheered us up and won on Red Tamber in impressive style, what we didn’t realise until […]

16 February 2012|