Musselburgh New Year’s Day

A great end to a wonderful racing year on Saturday at Kelso, a somewhat surprising 24 winners for the yard in 2012 and a fairly staggering 51 for Lucy (49 NH & 2 Flat), we’ll be doing our best to surpass these levels in 2013 but I suspect the trainer may have peaked!  It was […]

31 December 2012|

Kelso Saturday

So, a very mixed week weather wise, I became a little over-excited on Boxing Day as I was able to work horses on grass for the first time for several weeks but that was all rather short-lived as the rains have returned and sogginess resumed.  Wet at Kelso and tomorrow’s fixture needs to survive a […]

28 December 2012|

Little Glenshee

The wettest of years is ending in the wettest of ways and yesterday’s 7 hour round trip to Haydock was fittingly wet all the way, I’m not sure how they managed to race but they did in the most testing of conditions and it produced a significant result for the yard.  Our first runner in […]

23 December 2012|

Haydock Saturday

Hmm, not my favourite sort of dilemma; two horses declared for Haydock tomorrow, an early start but 7am inspection and atrocious weather forecast back home – should I send the horses?  – will I go to Haydock? would I be more useful back here?  Most unsatisfactory and not conducive to a relaxed pre Chrismtas weekendy […]

21 December 2012|

Wet Thursday

Grim out there today, driving rain on a strong almost storm-force easterly wind, hard on the horses and hard on the riders, heads down, big warm up in the school then one and a half times up the gallop, back in, horses rugged up and fed – not easy and as ever I am hugely indebted to […]

20 December 2012|

Boom, boom, BOOM

Well, after a weekend of much prevarication we eventually ran two of our four declared runners and luckily chose the right two as they both won at Carlisle in the grittiest of fashion. A memorable day and wonderful to see Tipsy Dara grind it out for her 4th win of 2012, she coughed and […]

17 December 2012|

Weekend update

A change in the weather today as low pressure sweeps in bringing gales and rain, snow first and frost will be slow to shift but outlook slightly milder for next week so hopefully things will open up a bit on the training and racing front.  Horses seem fresh and well, be good to have them […]

14 December 2012|

Isla Pearl Fisher

A very special win at Musselburgh on Monday for Isla Pearl Fisher with Lucy creeping into the race late to collar “AP” on the line, never the plan, a clear round was the only real objective but great to see the horse come back to his best after a couple of nasty injuries this year. […]

13 December 2012|

Musselburgh Monday

Racing is too competitive to derive too much pleasure from finishing 2nd but three runners up from five runners over the weekend at least indicates the horses remain in good heart and I was delighted with the individual performances of Rossini’s Dancer, Papamoa and Little Glenshee all of whom probably produced career best efforts.

Otherwise Daasij’s quest for […]

10 December 2012|

Busy Weekend

Tricky this week, spells of sleety snow quickly freezing hard and its been a struggle keeping the gallop open, horses have been becoming increasingly fresh and the “falloffometer” has gone through the roof.  The team have had to put up with some tough conditions but have stuck at it admirably and as a result I hope we have a […]

7 December 2012|