#thanksAP – what a day!

Bright but cold today, some flurries of snow yesterday morning, a stark contrast to the 20 degrees experienced at Perth earlier in the week.

What a wonderful day to end the 2014/15 NH Season yesterday, both down at Sandown where the closing fixture of the season witnessed truly historic and unforgettable scenes as the greatest jockey finally […]

26 April 2015|

And Perth again (not forgetting Balcormo)

Fair this morning but a change in the air, rain tonight I expect.

A better day at Perth yesterday with four of our six runners in the frame and Dutch Canyon putting up a career best to finish a close 6th, the only disappointment being the heavily backed (20’s into 17-2 but not by me!) Clan […]

24 April 2015|

Back to Perth

A brutal day for the yard at Perth yesterday and a sombre atmosphere this morning, Standintheband died instantly when falling heavily going out on the second circuit, he was travelling nicely in about 3rd position at the time.

Earlier in the afternoon The Bishop put in a lacklustre effort prior to suffering from a severe bout of heat exhaustion, […]

23 April 2015|

Perth today

Rapido Blog – we have 5 runners at Perth today on ground that is described as on the soft side of good, 2 runners in the first race at 2.20, Gold Opera (Lucy) and The Bishop (Stephen).  Both of these horses are 3 mile chasers in the making and are meeting higher rated horses on […]

22 April 2015|

Hexham Monday

Another glorious day and a beautiful, quiet, warm evening.  A peaceful but purposeful feel in the yard as I potter about hosing the odd leg, feeling a few more, checking this, checking that, a team of four sorting all the horses out.  I enjoy Sunday evenings as it’s about the only time of the week […]

19 April 2015|

Scottish Grand National Day

Another glorious spring day and an important morning here with 17 horses that have imminent engagements doing their last proper piece of work, all going well so far!   No runners at Ayr today, ground a bit quick for the bumper horses and we missed the cut for the SGN, it looks like an excellent day’s […]

18 April 2015|

Boys on Tour & Ayr

A fine evening, bright and sunny, still on the cool side, good farming weather but racecourses up and down the country watering now to keep the ground safe.  Not so at Ayr where they had a decent drop of rain earlier in the week ahead of the two day Scottish Grand National Meeting which starts […]

16 April 2015|

Kelso to Carlisle

Milder today, but overcast & blustery, rain in the air.  Some good local winners yesterday at Kelso, not for us but delighted with the return to form of Landecker who ran up to his best to become our 25th second of the season.

Always Tipsy also ran very well to finish a close 4th off his career […]

14 April 2015|

Kelso prospects and banishing the blues…

Cold and wet this morning but brighter now and pleased to have seen some rain.  Well, what a race, what a horse, so good looking, the embodiment of a brave staying chaser; so, so brave, he gave absolutely everything, whether he has as much to give ever again only time will tell but relish the […]

12 April 2015|

Grand National Day & two good prospects for Perth this summer..

A glorious week of lovely warm spring weather but very different today with a biting wind (and, err, yes – it’s snowing now!) but whilst there is rain about conditions are drying out very fast and Kelso and Carlisle have been watering for their fixtures early next week.

So, Aintree, what a festival of riches it […]

11 April 2015|