Ayr prospects

Confusing weather, almost a frost two nights ago, a very mild 15 degrees this morning, confusing for the horses as well, many have already had their second clip, they are well rugged up and now some sweat under their rugs during the night, bizarre for the time of year, as is watering at Wetherby; no […]

31 October 2014|

Ayr – new fixture well supported.

So the last storm has blown through, clear now and much cooler this evening, a few days respite before the winds are due to return at the end of the week.  A wet morning and schooling over hurdles for Presently Tipsy, Clan Legend and Afterclass – fences for Another Mattie, Wicklow Gold and The Orange […]

28 October 2014|

Aintree to Ayr

Stormy weather, has been windy for a while now and it keeps blowing, hopefully not too much rain landing on Ayr racecourse. A reluctant Rossini’s Dancer at Aintree today, increasingly his way which is frustrating, his last two wins have both been at tracks where he has been appearing for the first time, no coincidence […]

26 October 2014|

Carlisle to Aintree

A distinctly ordinary sort of day for the yard yesterday at Carlisle, with three nice horses making their seasonal reappearances I went with plenty of expectation and was therefore disappointed that they all finished tamely and failed to make the frame.  Clan Chief simply ran out of petrol first time out in a strongly run […]

24 October 2014|


Changeable weather, hard to predict where the rain will land but doing our best and the soft conditions should suit our three runners today at Carlisle, all of whom are making their seasonal reappearances. Clan Chief goes in the opener at 2:20, 10 run and Brian Harding rides, he seems fit and well and has […]

23 October 2014|

Seasons changing

Stormy here today, blustery winds and heavy showers. An enjoyable evening last night catching up with the day’s racing;  firstly from Ascot, the dying embers of a glorious flat season lit up by the bravest performance from Noble Mission to win the Champion Stakes in similarly deep conditions to his mighty brother Frankel, heartwarming indeed. […]

19 October 2014|


Mild again now, showers around and tricky to tell what conditions will end up being like at Kelso tomorrow where the ground is presently good with good to soft places.  We are keen to have runners there so have declared to cover every eventuality but most will need the forecast drop of rain to actually […]

17 October 2014|

Perfect Sunday?

A special day yesterday, a couple of hours catching up with the horses and in the office then off to the Perthshire hills in perfect Autumn sunshine, Ben Vrackie and beyond, communing with clucking grouse and roaring stags, then a splendid dinner in the Meiklour Arms followed by Homeland on TV, doesn’t get much better than that.

Down […]

13 October 2014|

Hexham, dung, ARC and Lucy

A fine start to the day and a warm sunny afternoon, horses working nicely, some doing routine Friday sprinting on the all-weather, others slow steady stuff on the grass, a work day again for them tomorrow.

Rain has softened the ground at Hexham (and Carlisle typically!); three runners at the former tomorrow on what should be perfect […]

10 October 2014|

Ground (one for the anoraks I fear)

Showery today, has been very wet overnight and the change in conditions in the last week has allowed us to do plenty of schooling and fast work on the “horseshoe” grass gallop.  Still good ground at Carlisle so no runners there tomorrow, hopefully three at Hexham on Saturday.

Marginally frustrating but after such a long dry […]

9 October 2014|