Wet Wednesday

Rain again today and log burner looking tempting from the other end of the office but it’s still August and heartened by the forecast.  Weather induced focus on the all-weather and schools today, although we haven’t been on the main grass gallops yet the other areas have taken a bit of a hammering so plans […]

31 August 2012|


A fine Sunday here yesterday and OK so far this morning but a wet and windy afternoon in store.  A quiet-ish Sunday, making plans, shuffling horses around, working on the new website hoping we will be ready for 1st September launch.  Quick trip into Edinburgh to drop Kit at station, assuming he found his way […]

27 August 2012|

Boots & boots…

A lot of things have made me happy this week but none more so that Teddy Grimthorpe’s report in the Racing Post that Henry Cecil ate a lobster, a grouse, and even pudding in his box at York after Frankel’s win on Wednesday. I think everyone was a little taken aback at how ravaged by […]

25 August 2012|

Bitter Sweet

Well, what a week so far, the power of sport to transcend life has never been as apparent as it has been this summer and sitting here on Thursday afternoon I feel mildly shattered.  It started on Tuesday at Perth where after yet another monsoon racing went ahead in extremely wet conditions;  The Paddy Premium […]

23 August 2012|

Summer Days

Seem to be a very fleeting experience this year and the heavens opened again yesterday afternoon with the result that unfortunately it will be soft ground at Perth again. Although it is unlikely to suit our three runners we will be pleased to be racing and grateful to the course for staging this extra fixture […]

20 August 2012|

At long last…

a golden morning, sun beating down, crops turning, it looks like late August for a change, ground completely sodden though after a wet end to the week.  Luckily Donegal escaped the rain and we enjoyed three special days on the golf courses of Rosapenna, a nice horse to see on the way home and a productive […]

19 August 2012|


Cloudy today and cooler with an unsettled forecast but hey-ho we’ve had a good August week to go with our good week in May and our good week in March so not complaining (yet).  Riverbank gallop in great fettle so plenty of work there yesterday, very pleased with the way the horses are shaping up, […]

12 August 2012|

A different planet?

Forcefield and Isla Pearl Fisher – both enjoying ten days grass after a long summer inside

That is what it feels like anyway, four days of glorious weather and the mood change among the farmers and builders I am dealing with is almost tangible, hard work, everyone trying to catch up after three months of stop start but […]

10 August 2012|