Weather, weather, weather…

Bright and sunny but very cold and frosty, only a hint of snow so we appear to be missing the worst of this wintery blast, unlike Catterick today which is abandoned and Wetherby has called an inspection at 2pm this afternoon for it’s meeting tomorrow.  Would be nice if this weather moves on quickly as intending to […]

30 January 2015|

Newcastle next…

So, another fine day and a dozen working on the grass and some schooling for the point-to-pointers, an interesting forecast though, let’s hope the Beeb are being a little melodramatic because we have two lorries heading to Newcastle where the drying ground is presently good to soft with soft places, could be a bit softer […]

27 January 2015|

The Bishop

A fine winter’s day, sunny and reasonably mild, able to use the grass for the first time in a while and plenty of schooling this morning for Standintheband, Another Mattie, Ceilidh, Dutch Canyon, Calivigny, Royal Chatelier, Clan Chief and, last but not least, Buffalo Ballet.  Still a little frost deep in the ground on the […]

26 January 2015|


So read the form figures of our 6 runners at Ayr this week, what is it they say about buses? 80 runners without a U or an F then 4 from 6, the stats reasserting themselves, 1 in 12 is the average.  A trifle frustrating for sure but very pleased to report that all horses […]

24 January 2015|

And back to Ayr again

Turning milder now and some rain due tomorrow where we are heading back to Ayr for their last minute additional fixture.  They deserve plenty of credit for their efforts in staging racing yesterday, it is no mean task to cover an entire racecourse in frost covers and it paid off as there is no way […]

22 January 2015|

Ayr prospects

Still cold, school frozen but gallop holding up remarkably well.  Let’s hope Ayr’s efforts in covering the track pay off and racing goes ahead there tomorrow, they have shown further enterprise by staging a last minute replacement fixture there on Friday, well done all round I say.

Assuming it passes the 8am inspection the ground is […]

20 January 2015|


Properly cold now, feels like deep mid winter, the land stripped bare but the AW in fine shape and 35 horses working steadily on it this morning.  No declarations for Wetherby, forecast very poor, lots of declared runners though and no less than 247 entries for Doncaster on Friday, the backup due to abandonments is […]

19 January 2015|

To Berwick and back….

Cold and frosty here today, a dusting of snow, a quiet day for the horses with 40 mins on the walker.  Despite a long drive to Haydock and back yesterday very disappointed that the West Percy point to point at Alnwick has become our third fixture in seven days to fall victim to the weather, […]

18 January 2015|

Always Tipsy – a winner!

Delighted that Always Tipsy got off the mark at Musselburgh this afternoon, his first win and Stephen’s first win for the stable and our first win for his owners John Cockburn and Alan Wight, also a first win as a breeder for another big supporter of the yard in Mark Fleming.

A much better run from […]

16 January 2015|

Full stretch

Snow gone and replaced by a ripping south westerly which was doing a grand job of drying things up until it added heavy rain and sleet this afternoon, the only surprise is it isn’t snowing, thank goodness.  Newcastle lost to the elements yesterday and Musselburgh must survive am early inspection tomorrow as frost is expected […]

15 January 2015|