Zoom, zoom to Wetherby and Musselburgh

A satisfying win for Makhzoon in wintry conditions at Catterick this afternoon, that is the 10yo’s 8th win from 27 starts over hurdles and his 4th since he joined us 18 months ago, he looked like the first beaten turning into the home straight but galloped on strongly to re-assert.  Born and raised in Kentucky, […]

31 January 2014|


Grey old weather still but at least dry for a change, just a few cantering today, most of the horses having their quiet day hacking round the farm or up into the forestry after working yesterday – stepping up the work with two nice young fillies by Presenting – Presently Tipsy and Presenting Rose – […]

30 January 2014|

I believe the word is “dreich”

Cold driving rain this morning and the dreary weather persists up and down the country, much worse for some but strange winter weather and it looks as if it is going to be deep ground pretty well everywhere for the next few weeks.  Deep it certainly was at  Ayr yesterday and it suited The Orange […]

28 January 2014|

Age shall not weary them!

Blizzards, heavy rain and gales en route to the point-to-point yesterday but the sun came out in time for racing and a heart-warming performance from the gallant 13yo Noir et Vert who saw off 9 rivals to win a competitive Men’s Open under the Northern Area’s senior jockey JFA giving us all a day to […]

27 January 2014|

Storms coming & fresh horses

A stormy weekend forecast, classic weather for the Jedforest point-to-point on Sunday, not sure whether it will be gales, floods or snow – probably all three but let’s hope it is on, we plan to run Noir et Vert and King Brex in the Men’s Open; the former should go well but he is getting […]

25 January 2014|

Time flies

Another roller-coaster of a day at Wetherby yesterday; I can’t remember the last time I was as nervous watching a horse as I was when Little Glenshee ran and it wasn’t even one of the children riding; she bowled along in front jumping beautifully and appeared to still be in command when she put in […]

22 January 2014|

The best laid plans..

Conditions for the committed at the West Percy point-to-point but lots of runners made for an afternoon of competitive racing despite the very wet ground.  A gritty performance from Present Potential to win the 16 runner maiden despite being harassed by two loose horses for most of the race and being carried very wide by […]

21 January 2014|

Weekend looms

Grey, wet, but basically quite mild and I don’t think we should be complaining given the time of year and though the schooling grounds are a bit messy we are basically able to do what we want training the horses which is good news and the horses have been working well all week.  Mixed day […]

17 January 2014|

Newcastle and Lucy

Another fine quiet day and horses working well, Newcastle tomorrow where we have 3 runners on ground that is described as heavy with soft places, likely to be testing but hopefully a little rain tonight to keep it wet; we are well represented in the first where we have 2 of the 5 runners, Another […]

14 January 2014|


Cold now and Kelso fell victim to the frost, disappointing and always a challenge to the morale, especially on a Sunday, but they were decisive thankfully and whilst the lorry was warming up and we had fed the horses early at least a prompt decision allowed me to stop some of the extras staff coming […]

12 January 2014|