Baltic Easter

Strange thing having to harrow the frost out of the gallop on Easter Sunday and then gazing out of the Church windows at snow covered hills, feels more like Christmas and it only seems like moments ago that I was last in Church on Christmas Day, its been a frantic period and there is nothing like an […]

31 March 2013|

Carlisle – 29th March 2013

So, Carlisle tomorrow and Friars Haugh p2p, Noir et Vert heads to the latter and at Carlisle we run King Brex in the 3.10, 6 run, Kit rides and the ground will be good to soft, he seems in good heart but he is badly off at the weights with most of the opposition.  The […]

29 March 2013|

Wetherby – 27th March

Whether or not we race at Wetherby tomorrow will depend on whether the weather allows it to pass an 8am inspection, the results of which I will find out from the Weatherby’s website (am I becoming obsessed about something here?)  If it gets the go ahead we run The Flaming Matron (Lucy) in the 2.20, 13 run […]

26 March 2013|

Sunday 24th March 2013

And still the East wind blows, strong and fiercely cold with flurries of drifting snow, no sign of any change, a 3rd week of this Arctic spring in prospect.  Racing programme devastated again and Taunton and Towcester both already abandoned for tomorrow but remarkably the only turf racing in Britain yesterday was “between the flags” […]

24 March 2013|

Snow, mares etc Thurs 21st March

A balmy 4 degrees in Edinburgh this morning but 2 degrees was the best we could manage here.  Continued flurries of snow but the actual depth is remarkably altitude related, on the flat ground we have barely an inch, there is about 6 inches at the farm and well over a foot at the top of the […]

21 March 2013|

Tuesday 19th March

What have we done to deserve this?  The worst storm of winter in the 3rd week of March, six inches of snow and a fierce east wind, a blizzard for the last 24 hours and no respite due for the next 24 hours; forecast indicates strong east wind and no material increase in temperature for […]

19 March 2013|

At last! Monday 18th March

At last a well deserved win for Noir et Vert in a competitive NPPA Club race at Friars Haugh on Saturday.  His first win for the yard and Jamie after filling the the runner up slot no less then seven times, he suffered a career threatening injury in May 2011 and we didn’t know whether […]

18 March 2013|

By bye Barbara – Fri 15th March

Sorry about that, Beautiful Barbara’s beautiful tips really weren’t up to much.  They had been gathered together from a series of Cheltenham Preview evenings, how anyone can sit through thee I don’t know, shows how much the “experts” know, Barry Gerraghty’s banker was Megalypos – there went all my cash, anyway Barbara sacked and we […]

15 March 2013|

Cheltenham 13th March

Fairly average performance from Barbara yesterday, will give her another chance –

1.30 Rival D’Estruval

2.05 Pont Alexandre

2.40 Lyreen Legend

3.20 Sprinter Sacre – Mail de Bievre forecast

4.00 Bondage e/w

4.40 Megalypos e/w

5.15 Fascino Rustico e/w

Meanwhile Lucy is at Huntingdon where she rides Lauberhorn in the 1.45 and Go Amwell in the 4.15

13 March 2013|

Cheltenham 12th March

Long johns on for the first time ever at Cheltenham, 10.30 inspection, Sedgie off, mid March, don’t think I like this sort of global warming.

Barbara’s best for today-

1.30 – Puffin Billy e/w

2.05 – Simonsig/Tap Night forecast

2.40 – Knockara Beau e/w

3.20 – Hurricane Fly

4.40 – Une Artiste e/w

5.15 – Shangani

12 March 2013|