So, Kelso tomorrow, “memorial” race day and always special, one of my favourites, delighted that we will have five runners and three of the family riding in what looks like an excellent card of good competitive racing with very decent prize money up for grabs. Ground should be good to soft, maybe a little bit […]

28 February 2014|

Something different….

Quiet weather today, mild, spring like conditions and busy with the horses; working on the all-weather and the grass, schooling some of the imminent runners.  Back home lunchtime yesterday after a 4.30 am start in the mountains at -19 degrees but an awesome weekend with Wicklow Lad putting up a career best on Saturday to […]

25 February 2014|

Sisters and brothers

An agonising start to the day at Ayr on Thursday when Frankies Promise put in an awkward leap at the first hurdle unshipping Lucy but luckily things improved, Makhzoon ran to his very best just being collared on the line to be beaten a neck and then Little Glenshee just got up on the line […]

22 February 2014|


Quiet weather, very mild but rain due tonight, especially in the West and Ayr will have to pass a 7.30am inspection tomorrow morning.  If all goes ahead the ground is likely to be heavy and we will have 5 or 6 runners starting with Frankies Promise (Lucy) in the 2.20, the winner of the bumper […]

19 February 2014|

Now Wetherby….

Drizzly sort of morning but a lovely day yesterday and a quiet day on the yard with the horses calm and chilled, just a leg stretch on the walker or a spell in a paddock.  A restorative Sunday for trainer as well, very welcome ahead of  a busy spell, a morning spent in the hills […]

17 February 2014|

Some you win…

and some you lose, a memorable day’s racing at Kelso yesterday for all sorts of reasons and a tremendous win at 50-1 for Landecker in the opener just getting up to deny the odds on favourite by a nose under a strong late drive from Lucy.

An hour later the photograph went the other way when […]

14 February 2014|

and Musselburgh to Kelso..

Stormy old day at Musselburgh yesterday and much the same today, Kelso on the agenda where the ground is good to soft with soft places and we have four horses declared to run.

Lucy rides Landecker in the 1.55, 13 run and he has been waiting for some better ground so will hopefully go well though […]

13 February 2014|

Ayr to Musselburgh

Wintery weather now, some snow and ice but an early inspection of the gallop indicates we should be OK to proceed as planned this morning, forecast shocking, most especially in the South West where the apocalyptic conditions look set to worsen.  At last the government are throwing all they can at trying to help but […]

12 February 2014|

Mud, mud, snow?

Exceptionally wet and muddy at Lanark yesterday but well-contested races with lots of runners and who minds mud when you have a winner, I was delighted that Present Potential improved to win a decent looking 14 runner winners race in good style, fingers crossed he can continue to progress.

Later in the card Ocarina was a […]

10 February 2014|


A glimmer of a frost this morning and a bright sunny afternoon, the sight of ploughing in the valley a reminder of how fortunate we have been up here relative to those in the South.  Not fortunate enough to save Newcastle which was abandoned today,  a chance for Mrs A to take me to Ikea […]

7 February 2014|