Colder again, busy bees, took three horses to Musselburgh this afternoon,  a couple to work after racing and one for a quiet but important day out; Newcastle tomorrow where we have one runner, Landecker making his hurdling debut in the 3.15 on what should be good ground, 10 run, Lucy rides, he is a lovely […]

29 November 2013|


.. to my surprise Makhzoon put us back amongst the winners yesterday when he won the opener at Wetherby by 13 lengths, horses never cease to confound one’s expectations, at least the right way round for once and a splendid photograph in today’s RP, handicapper will hit him hard for this so if he is […]

28 November 2013|


Off to Wetherby tomorrow where we have 3 runners on good to soft ground;  Diarmid O’Regan bids to maintain his 100% strike rate for stable on Makhzoon in the 12.15, unlikely as he is wrong at the weights with a few but we just want a decent run as this horse has lost his way […]

26 November 2013|

Newbury Sales

Proper frost this morning, sharp air but clear and beautiful, schooling not possible but all-weather in good order and the horses all seem fresh and well, going about their work with purpose, some a bit too fresh!  An intriguing little catalogue for the sale at Newbury on Friday evening, delighted to report that we have […]

25 November 2013|

A funny old life..

7.30am Sunday morning and here I am back at my desk, been up for a while, fed 38 horses, done the sheet for the day and about to start a brief report on all the horses to the owners, mostly by email, a few by phone, text and fax (one by post!).  Helps me focus […]

24 November 2013|


A fun if somewhat fruitless trip to Haydock yesterday, superb racing, and mission accomplished for Ceilidh who travelled nicely into her debut race before tiring in the home straight, she was eased and well-beaten but this was good company and I think she will prove progressive in time, Milano Magic also finished down the field, […]

23 November 2013|


Cold and crispy this afternoon and sharp frost expected, hopefully not at Haydock where we are hoping to have two runners tomorrow on ground that is likely to be soft with good to soft places for their inaugural meeting of the 2013-14 jumps season.

We run Milano Magic in the 12.50, 13 run and Lucy rides, […]

21 November 2013|

Midweek Update

Wintry sort of weather now, cold, some light frosts, squally sleet showers, unpleasant but nothing as extreme as was being forecast; ground at Hexham turned to heavy overnight so withdrew Another Mattie, bit frustrating but plenty of options for him next week, Lucy is there to ride Barra Boy in the 1.10 (oops it is […]

20 November 2013|


A touch milder this morning but breezy and a busy and important work morning here, 33 being ridden and some of the youngsters being “given a squeeze” on the grass.  Northern Acres ran well enough at Newcastle yesterday but not sure he quite saw out the 3 miles, suspect we will drop back in trip […]

16 November 2013|


Bright and dry but a strong cold Northerly wind today, heralding what is to come next week I suspect but tomorrow focus is on Newcastle where surprisingly the ground is on the quick side of good. We run Northern Acres (Lucy) in the 2.15, 13 run, and its his first step up to 3 miles, […]

14 November 2013|