Over the line…

Cool but dry this morning and an alarmingly large pile of mail to sort through before another week begins.  So, she did it, a wonderful result for Lucy, Northern Racing and every aspiring girl jump jockey.  Hard to believe that a little 30 horse yard in Scotland could produce a national champion but somehow it […]

28 April 2013|

Inching closer

A glorious morning but a slightly unreal feeling in the yard, it has been a very intense week for everyone and after a harrowing afternoon at Perth yesterday things finally came good in the last with an impressive weight giving win from Frankie’s Promise under a strong ride from Lucy, this leaves her 3 clear […]

27 April 2013|

More Perth

Cool again today with showers forecast, snow on the high ground but basically a fine week’s weather and splendid racing again yesterday at Perth.  An excellent 2nd in the opener from Another Mattie in his first hurdle race, beaten less than a length giving the winner the best part of a stone, more to come from him I hope. […]

26 April 2013|


Deeply mixed emotions on the first day at Perth, an exhilarating win in the first race from Dan Macdonald’s Standintheband then great sadness with the fatal fall of Goldtrek in the second.

Hard to take in and much of the rest of the afternoon spent in thought, but a wonderful finish to the afternoon with Lucy […]

25 April 2013|


Having had very few runners in April the stable received a timely boost with a brave win at Hexham yesterday from Ocarina with Kit on board, he has been well placed by Kit to win 3 point-to-points and a now a Hunter Chase this spring and will probably have a well-deserved rest as Kit is […]

23 April 2013|

One week

For the first 51 weeks of the jumps season Lucy has been leading the Conditional Jockey’s Championship – that changed yesterday with a double from the talented Brendan Powell taking him into the lead for the first time.  Also in hot pursuit are last year’s winner Henry Brooke as well as Micheal Nolan and Tom […]

22 April 2013|

Spring at last

A glorious spring day and swallows to greet me first thing which means surely the everlasting winter is over.

It has been a tense week awaiting the outcome of Lucy’s tests today but I am delighted to report that she was cleared and therefore should be able to ride at Perth next week.  Too late for Ayr today […]

19 April 2013|

Wet Wednesday 17th April

I think I noticed one decent day as the weather changed from bitterly cold East wind to bitterly cold West wind with heavy rain, no fun and the ground at Ayr has changed from good to firm to soft with heavy places and some standing water.  Am enjoying being back in the front […]

17 April 2013|

All quiet..

… on the blogging front.  A relief for all readers I am sure but a wee holiday – five days skiing high in the Tyrol, masses of snow and wonderful conditions for a big family outing; a leisurely journey home yesterday, a longish bus ride through Austria and Switzerland admiring spring emerging on a fine morning, tidier […]

15 April 2013|

Kelso 8th April

A fine second yesterday from Isla Pearl Fisher at Hexham, that should have blown away a few cobwebs and we will now look for some decent chases on the good spring ground. Excellent card at Kelso today and providing the ground is on the softer side of good we will run Another Mattie in the […]

8 April 2013|