New Year’s Day at Musselburgh

A dull and drizzly end to 2014 but much milder and lots of good racing in store to kick off 2015.  Musselburgh’s New Year’s Day fixture has quickly become a highlight of the Northern jumps calendar and their good prize money has been rewarded with a competitive looking card tomorrow which should produce exciting racing […]

31 December 2014|

Wagons away…

Hard frost here now and “wagons away” was the call when the somewhat inevitable news came through regarding Kelso’s abandonment today, the early decision much appreciated as otherwise the wagons would have been on the road.  The gallop however in good order and 33 having two stiff canters on it this morning.  Very bad luck […]

29 December 2014|

Kelso thoughts…

A glorious winter’s day; crisp, clear and bright and a squad of riders in to take out most of this week’s intended runners.  Weather permitting we will head to Kelso tomorrow (6.45am inspection due to forecast frost) and we hope to have five runners starting with Calivigny who makes his hurdling debut in the 12.15, […]

28 December 2014|

Saturday update.

Cold, frosty, snow showers but nothing severe and we even managed to canter 9 on the grass 3rd lot this morning.  No runners over the weekend and hoping the weather doesn’t interfere with plans to have about a dozen runners next week at Kelso on Monday, Musselburgh on Thursday, Ayr on Friday and Newcastle on […]

27 December 2014|

So this is Christmas… Happy Days

Changeable and unsettled weather but open enough for working horses, some potential hard frost in the forecast which I hope doesn’t materialise as we are hoping to be very busy on the racing front next week.  It will be a quiet day for the horses tomorrow so some good work for them this morning on […]

24 December 2014|

The Rogue goes to Newcastle and some thoughts on small fields – anoraks only (you were warned!)

Bitter this morning, with a strong northwesterly and squally showers, brightened up by lunch time though and a useful morning, grass gallops very wet but we sent 14 down there and 21 worked on the all-weather.  Among those working on the grass was our “dark horse” to be featured on C4 Morning Line tomorrow; pleasingly settled […]

19 December 2014|

A welcome winner..

Glorious winter’s morning today, cold and crisp, grass a bit frosty but AW in fine condition and 31 horses had their standard Monday exercise.

A welcome winner at Alnwick yesterday when Kit steered Master Butcher to victory in the Restricted Race in a fast time, Afterclass also made a promising debut to finish 3rd in a […]

15 December 2014|

Busy Sunday looming

Cold with a hard frost this morning, picturesque but bitter, all-weather coping so 29 horses twice up.


Some decent runs at Newcastle yesterday, Calivigny 5th in a what I think will turn out to be a good bumper, he will go hurdling now on better ground I hope.  Northern Acres 4th under a fine debut as […]

12 December 2014|

Hexham to Newcastle

Fierce weather today, a proper storm and tough conditions for riding out in heavy showers driven in on a north-westerly gale.  Grateful therefore to the team of staff who toughed it out to ensure all horses given their full work, ably supported by those on the ground and all set for an early start again […]

10 December 2014|


Stormy today, cold, wet and windy.  Tough conditions forhorses and riders but a successful morning on the AW, the grass and some schooling for Thursday’s Newcastle entries.  Forecast to be quite extreme at Hexham tomorrow where we have one runner; El Fontan, in the 1.20, 6 run and Lucy rides.  He has progressed nicely since […]

9 December 2014|