A blog within a blog……

Cold and drizzly here this morning but it was a fine weekend and for once we seem to have missed the worst of the weather and the forecast is reasonable.  A standard sort of morning on the all-weather and up in the forestry, all seem well.  A few bumps and scrapes from Perth but hopefully nothing […]

30 April 2012|

Little Glenshee

Little GlensheeGlorious spring sunshine, busy morning on the gallops but basically a quiet weekend, almost a relief to climb off the rollercoaster. A marvellous week at Perth who put on a first class festival despite the elements and yesterday Little Glenshee ran well above expectations to finish 2nd, elation, then half an hour later Tipsy Dara came down at […]

28 April 2012|


Papamoa (right) just gets up from a seemingly impossible position (Mike Bishop)Glorious sunshine this morning but cold with a strong drying north-easterly wind. A memorable winner yesterday (aren’t they all?) with Papamoa just getting up in the shadow of the post under a strong drive from Lucy after being under pressure for much of the […]

27 April 2012|

Muddy Perth

Lucy on Four Fiddlers (Dennis Penny)Cool but dry this morning with a stiff breeze and the sun trying to show its face, a while since we’ve seen it but forecast improving so hopefully this weather pattern is about to change.  A scamper on the grass this morning for tomorrow’s runners and most of the others, […]

26 April 2012|


A fine dinner party chez Bradburne last night though Mrs A (aka she who drives home as opposed to he who drives there!) in absentia, so slightly weary this morning and heads down in the yard after a nasty stable accident late yesterday as a result of which we lost Mersey.  He reared over backwards in his box […]

25 April 2012|

Tipsy again…

Tipsy Dara at Hexham yesterday ….hic, a brave performance in the mud by Tipsy Dara at Hexham yesterday running out a decisive winner under a positive ride from Lucy, she is a tough mare who relishes the mud and a test of stamina.  Seeking Power travelled well enough for a circuit but his early summer break soon […]

24 April 2012|


A day for the committed yesterday, steady rain and heavy slippery ground; a good 3rd from Native Coll in the Mens Open and similar from Flaming Thistle in the Maiden, Amulree didn’t handle the conditions and finished mid div, we withdrew Northern Flame.  Back down the A68 today to Hexham, Tipsy Dara in the 2.30, 13 […]

23 April 2012|

Oh no…..

……….where did the blog go?  Most remiss of me, anyway, no luck for Lucy at Ayr, a couple of seconds from 8 rides, I was happy enough with Academy’s debut, taken a bit by surprise jumping wise and interrupted preparation told but my faith in his ability is undimmed.  We are taking four down to […]

22 April 2012|

And now Ayr

Cold and showery this morning, some horses having a quiet time, a few of the point-to-pointers over to Lucinda’s for a spin before running on Sunday, others doing easy stuff on the grass, me running round in circles as ever.AcademyAnd so to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National two day meeting where Academy makes his […]

19 April 2012|

Colour is only skin deep?

A wet night and a slightly soggy gallop but plenty of work there and in the school with Northern Flame, Four Fiddlers and Flaming Thistle practising their jumping over coloured poles and the schooling hurdles, the latter being particularly exuberant.  No luck for Lucy at Kempton but off to Cheltenham tomorrow where she rides Lord […]

17 April 2012|