Boom, boom Cartmel

It was very much the last chance saloon in terms of a final run before her break for The Flaming Matron and I had been trying to find a race for her on soft ground for about six weeks, the owners’ patience was duly rewarded when she held on bravely to win at Cartmel yesterday, […]

30 May 2013|


A bit cool and dull here but seem to be missing most of the rain, unlike Cartmel where the ground has changed to soft which will suit The Flaming Matron who runs in the 2.45, 6 run Lucy rides and whilst the track won’t suit her the trip will and we have been trying for a while […]

28 May 2013|

Pure Indulgence!

A wonderful spring morning here without a cloud in the sky, I can’t resist a few images from Kinneston – I was actually looking for an otter sighted twice this week (but not by me), needless to say it proved elusive!

25 May 2013|

Comings and Goings….

A bit cool but basically a fine day, horses coming and going this week, some new arrivals and plenty of young horses to keep us on our toes.  Isla Pearl Fisher has returned from the Weipers Centre in Glasgow where he had an operation on his pastern, they were very happy with the surgery and […]

24 May 2013|


Well, after a warm start to the week much cooler now and forecast for the weekend uninspiring, grass growing though and plenty of horses turned away and quite a few youngsters in now for breaking.  A joy to be out on the farm now but easy to understand why my farming colleagues are feeling so […]

22 May 2013|

Victor Victorious

A long but rewarding day yesterday with Noir et Vert finishing 2nd in the Club race, Flaming Thistle 2nd of 15 in the Maiden and Ocarina running out the convincing winner of the Mixed Open.  He has been a revelation this season winning 5 of his last six starts and is a close second in […]

20 May 2013|

Stiff easterly breeze but strangely mild, black skies to the South but dry here so far.  Only a dozen to ride this morning and time spent studying the raceplanner, as enthusiastic as ever after some great racing at Perth this week but medium term only a dozen fixtures from 23rd June until 25th September means […]

18 May 2013|

For however long I train I doubt many winners will give me as much pleasure as brother Jamie getting up in the shadow of the post to win the Hunter Chase at Perth last night on the aptly named Backontheroad.

In winning the race he also won the long sought after Dudgeon Cup, a prize we […]

16 May 2013|

Back to Perth

Cold still and unseasonal weather around the whole country. we bought two horses at Doncaster Sales yesterday, Blackmore a 73 rated flat horse who should provide plenty of fun over hurdles next winter and Wicklow Lad, a hurdle winner in March who finished runner up in a good handicap at the Punchestown Festival and should […]

15 May 2013|

A busy and productive 72 hours in Ireland,  plenty of nice horses seen and I love talking to the horsemen over there, so much knowledge; time for some R&R and to enjoy wonderful Irish hospitality most particularly courtesy of Rathsallagh (where my Doncaster catalogue still resides I am afraid, a goldmine of useful information for someone!), then […]

12 May 2013|