Summer at last

A glorious morning, summer at last and only 7 horses to ride, a couple working, a few doing long steady stuff on the riverbank.  One runner this weekend; Ocarina in the Mixed Open at the Haydon Point-to-point at Hexham tomorrow, the last point-to-point of the season up here. More going to grass including Jamie’s point-to-pointers […]

31 May 2014|

Another day..

… another sale, this time Brightwells at Cheltenham and we have done a lot of work on the catalogue and seen a few of the horses.  The last of the “boutique” sales and some serious prospects here, they have been very difficult to buy this spring, our best work so far has been done privately, […]

29 May 2014|

TFM wins for The Ladies Who

A splendid evening at Hexham yesterday with The Flaming Matron winning the mares hurdle under an intelligent and ultimately strong ride from Lucy, Marlee Massie finally looking as if he might be a racehorse though not staying in the end and Kit winning the closing race for Martin Todhunter, his first win for an outside […]

28 May 2014|

So Hexham it is

Showery again this morning, mild.  So, off to Hexham for the evening meeting there, ground soft with heavy places and a chance of further rain.  We run The Flaming Matron in the 7.10, Lucy rides and 5 run, reverting to hurdles after a few runs over fences she should handle the conditions, it’s a very […]

27 May 2014|

Monday musings…

A little dull, milder, showers about, heavy at Hexham tomorrow, still good to firm at Cartmel.  Shows where the weather is coming from, I think the latter have been wise to go steady with their watering, pleny of debate in the racing press regarding watering racecourses, it’s a very difficult question.  I can speak only […]

26 May 2014|

Gathering Up

A cool weekend, bit dull and showers around, only 5 working here today, another 7 or 8 cantering or hacking round the farm.  All the horses from Doncaster here now – Eric Gillie gathered up two lovely prospects from various parts of Ireland and delivered them all together, they really do provide a first class […]

25 May 2014|

Back home

A fine morning, cooler but bright and sunny, home late last night and a decent run from Makhzoon to finish 3rd at Wetherby, unable to dominate so perhaps not able to show his best but a fair effort considering it was his 10th run of the season.  He’s been a really good fun horse since […]

23 May 2014|


On the blog front, it is surprising how all-consuming it is trying to buy horses at the sales, too much going on, bigger brain required, a few near misses but three nice horses bought yesterday,  more to buy though so we soldier on.

Up the A1 shortly to run  in the 2.30 at Wetherby, 11 run, […]

22 May 2014|

May Monday

A glorious May monday morning, one of the very best and the farm looking in tremendous fettle.  Only 14 to ride today, either hacking out on the farm or on the all-weather, final preparations being made to the summer “riverbank” gallop and thinking about a summer grass gallop.

A fine day at the Border point-to-point at […]

19 May 2014|

Irish benefit

A notably successful Ladies Day at Perth yesterday, huge crowd enjoying themselves in reasonably warm weather and raising a good sum of money for charity, I suspect many of them will have been there well into the evening and it is what summer racing should be about – fun.

Smallish fields but some intriguing racing and […]

16 May 2014|