Weekly update

So at this time of year the daily updates become weekly, a fine and productive week and the forecast appears settled.  Huge amount of haylage made and for the first time we have a surplus, if the forecast is right we will be making plenty of good hay as well so will have lots of […]

27 June 2014|

Friday Photos

Another lovely day, only two horses in full work now, others due to come in but can’t quite bear to interrupt their summer idyll, there’s plenty of time.  Not a lot to say so some self indulgent pictures from round the farm this afternoon…

20 June 2014|


…what a scorcher!  Where did this come from? Back from a quick trip south and it is really, really hot, 27 degrees to be precise and stifling – better get the haylage cut as (dare I say it) the forecast looks good.  Splendid day at Royal Ascot yesterday, the greatest party on earth and some pretty […]

18 June 2014|

Sunny Monday

Sun out this morning, a welcome change, forecast ok but don’t trust it at all, farm will need a few days to dry out so hopefully picture a bit clearer by then. Kit 4th on both his rides at Stromsholm in Sweden yesterday, outsiders so connections delighted and seems there was a good party last […]

16 June 2014|

Weekend & Lucy

A wet day here yesterday and dull again today, we appear to be in one of those phases when the forecast for the next few days always looks good, it just never quite happens… It was fine up in Aberdeenshire yesterday where I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Dunecht Challenge raising money for […]

14 June 2014|

The market has moved…

Astonishing trade at day one of the Landrover Sale at Goffs outside Dublin yesterday.  Average up 40% and aggregate up 45% – who knows what today will bring but this was a defining sale in terms of the breadth of the strength of the market as trainers competed with the Irish point-to-point “traders” for quality […]

12 June 2014|


Rather grotty weather so far this week but set to improve, horses had been doing really well at grass but not enjoying some of the heavy downpours, a reappearance of the sun and the ground drying out will quickly cheer them up, me also as we are ready to move on the haylage as soon […]

11 June 2014|

A first

Heavy showers at Perth yesterday but warm and sunny here this morning, we had a first at Perth – our 1021st runner, Slaney Star, was the first that we failed to be able to saddle and was therefore a non-runner, distressing and disappointing for connections, having done a few things to help this horse physically […]

9 June 2014|

Perth and some pictures…

Another sunny day but some heavy showers on their way later, excellent fields for Perth’s Gold Cup day tomorrow where the ground is presently good to soft,  we have two declared runners starting with Slaney Star in the 3.20.  He arrived here a few weeks ago having been the convincing winner of a Worcester seller, […]

7 June 2014|