A sporting week..

Fresher this morning after some welcome rain over the weekend but very warm again now, more horses to ride again this morning and by next Monday we will just about have the full string out again.  After a wonderful summer of sport so far this week looks full of entertainment; after Ibrox yesterday to watch […]

28 July 2014|


High summer, long hot days, hay being made, lovely but not ideal for working as I sit in the office gently perspiring.  Morphine is the big subject in racing this week, several high profile horses have tested positive including the Queen’s Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup.

If as expected the “B” samples confirm these findings […]

24 July 2014|


Fine weather today after yesterday’s gloom but we missed the worst of the rain so no complaining, quiet at the yard with the horses having a spell on the horsewalker and in the paddocks. A fine trip to Cartmel yesterday, the rain generally stayed away and there was a tremendous party atmosphere; Lucy’s best was a close […]

20 July 2014|

Weekend coming..

A lovely morning, sunny with a warm easterly breeze, happy horses, not too hot and the breeze keeping the flies away.  Busy on the yard and around the farm and pleased to see a real difference in some of the horses since the beginning of the week, its an interesting and rewarding time of year […]

18 July 2014|

Back in the driving seat…

So, a restorative week relaxing high in the Umbrian hills, a different pace of life, a lovely family week and now back at my desk suitably revitalised. Plenty to catch up with so no trip to Perth this afternoon where they look to have attracted a huge crowd to enjoy the summer weather and good […]

13 July 2014|

Good old Humphrey

Absolutely delighted that Humphrey Bee won his first race under rules yesterday at the tender age of 11, a winner of two point-to-points for one reason or another he has been lightly raced over the years and he has had his share of knocks so it was very special that he battled on bravely to […]

3 July 2014|

Perth & some farewells

A glorious morning, sun high in the sky and a runner tomorrow at Perth, Humphrey Bee in the 2.40, 10 run and  Brian Harding rides.  He has top weight in what looks quite a competitive handicap but he will carry it well and will appreciate the drop in class and better ground.  Hopefully it won’t […]

1 July 2014|