Monday morning.

A beautiful morning, definitely an autumn chill in the air and wisps of mist lying in the valley early on.  More horses to ride this week and it feels busy but positive with the facilities all working well and the horses appearing in good fettle.  That was confirmed by a good run from Marlee Massie […]

31 August 2015|

Cartmel bound…

Cooler this week, showery as well but not bad even if it feels autumn has arrived a little early.  All the facilities in good order and had a fine time training the horses who are now doing a lot of work, with the verti-draining completed earlier in the week the schooling hurdles were set up […]

28 August 2015|

Perth to Musselburgh to Cartmel

A fine and busy Monday morning here after a splendid weekend; lots of visitors on Saturday morning to see the horses and all 31 worked exactly as I hoped they would, then off to an incredibly busy Perth where the huge crowd enjoyed exciting racing.  A very sociable afternoon; this meeting is beginning to establish […]

24 August 2015|

Perth – a runner!

I think it is 6 weeks since I have been jump racing, a modern day record and therefore looking forward to Perth tomorrow where they are staging competitive racing with horses attracted from all over the British Isles by the excellent prize money on offer.  Whilst the ground is on the quick side of good […]

21 August 2015|

Eyes on York

A glorious warm summer’s day and busy with horses, visitors and plans.  Some entries at last – Bertie Milan, Andhaar, Marlee Massie and Afterclass all engaged at Perth on Saturday but before that racing eyes will be focussed on the Knavesmire for what looks like a vintage renewal of York’s Ebor meeting. It starts with the world’s best […]

17 August 2015|

One fine day

A glorious summer’s day – warm, sunny – perfect and time to blog now because sadly it isn’t going to last, heavy rain due tonight.  A great week with the horses so far, we have 39 in;  31 ridden, half a dozen on the walker and a couple of invalids.  Most of those ridden are […]

13 August 2015|

Gold Well

Well, I looked at my customary four weather forecasts at 6.30am this morning and they were unanimous in saying that it would be dry until 2pm this afternoon when there was a possibility of showers, this was confirmed by the Met Office satellite images.  Imagine my surprise then when a heavy shower first thing has […]

10 August 2015|


A beautiful summer’s morning, at last, time to make hay and enjoy the horses blooming again in glorious sunshine, forecast not at all bad either so fingers crossed for a little bit of summer now.  All quiet on the racing front but not at all quiet here with 35 horses in and a major construction […]

7 August 2015|

Sam & Carlisle 

If ever a man and a racecourse were synonymous it would be Sam Morshead and Perth.  Over the last 25 years Sam and his team have turned what was a struggling Northern outpost into one of British racing’s great success stories.  The sadness of the news last week that he was retiring early due to […]

3 August 2015|