And now…

Newcastle, well, maybe.  There is something slightly eerie about sitting at my desk at 6.30am planning the logistics of two lorries and five horses travelling to a race meeting that will probably be off, also planning transport and  staff for two further fixtures over the weekend that might well suffer the same fate.  The only […]

30 November 2012|


Cold and frosty now, porridge season, golden syrup variety with, yes, added golden syrup, so long as carefully timed when you know who is outside feeding her chickens.  A man needs fuel in this weather, a dry few days means that the gallop is taking the frost well and horses working hard but despite that […]

29 November 2012|

Youthful again…

A spring in my step this morning, out for dinner last night and someone asked me if I was Lucy Alexander’s brother, ha ha, made my evening, I am very used to and pleased to be more generally known as “Lucy’s Dad” but have always been rather cross to be asked if I am brother Jamie’s Father, […]

27 November 2012|

Weather update

A quiet weekend and a chance to regroup, make plans and email the handicapper!  Shocking weather in England which threatens to wreak havoc with this week’s fixtures but it seems churlish to bemoan the abandonment of a few fixtures when so many are suffering genuine hardship.  For once Scotland has escaped the worst of it […]

26 November 2012|

Back home

A fine morning, the calm between two storms, home 24 hours earlier than expected after bringing forward Jet Master’s Haydock engagement but nowhere I would rather be on a Saturday morning than out on the gallops with the horses.  Jet Master ran well yesterday to finish 3rd, only 3 lengths behind the winner; his 9lb rise for […]

24 November 2012|

Windy City

A fleeting visit to a very windy London and then on by train to Haydock where we run Jetmaster in the 12.45 today. It will be very testing ground after yesterday’s nationwide deluge, 6 run and Lucy rides. Back to two miles over hurdles it will be interesting to see if he can justify […]

23 November 2012|

One for the anoraks

Wet and wild yesterday but quieter today and looking round the country it appears we have escaped the worst of it.  Friday’s winner means that we have equaled last season’s total of 13 winners, 15 was my target for the season so I will be disappointed if we don’t reach it, a quietish day on Sunday gave […]

20 November 2012|

Home Bred

As I say (and I’m quite happy if this is becoming slightly repetitive!) all winners are special but winners bred at Kinneston ridden by jockeys bred at Kinneston are particularly magical so yesterday’s emphatic first win from the fine looking front running grey mare Little Glenshee will rest fondly in my memory (such as it […]

17 November 2012|


So another week flies by; grey, damp and mild but nothing extreme so we can bash on training horses as we want to which is always a bonus as winter looms.  Newcastle tomorrow where we have three runners and the ground will be on the soft side of good; Forcefield is the first of two […]

15 November 2012|

And now…

Sedgefield.  It’s just as well I like going racing because this game can become a little relentless at times, it was a 4.15am start for Lucy yesterday, lorry left at 7 and I left at 9 after overseeing first lot.  At Carlisle yesterday Tipsy Dara finished a weary 4th, for some reason I don’t think […]

13 November 2012|