Ayr, Carlisle and Lucy – my thoughts

A drizzly sort of morning but a fine mild autumn afternoon and after a busy week working and schooling horses we hopefully have everything in place to go racing again.  We have a busy day planned at Ayr tomorrow with 7 runners, the ground should be good to soft which will be perfect.  We are […]

30 October 2015|

Calivigny confirms his promise at Ayr..

A proper dreich morning, cold, windy, mist and rain – a work day for 22 of the horses though and another 15 or so to ride so busy.  A chance yesterday to regroup after a few rather hectic days and reflect on some undoubtedly positive signs for the stable.

Monday at Ayr confirmed that (at least for now!) […]

28 October 2015|

Andhaar, Blair, Kelso and Ayr

A roller-coaster week ended on a high with Andhaar appreciating the drop in grade and running out a convincing winner in the last at Kelso, delighted for his patient owners the Bissetts and for Blair who gave him a perfect ride.

Earlier in the afternoon Landecker jumped well on his chasing debut until being unsettled by a […]

25 October 2015|

Lucy, Carlisle and Kelso.

Fair here today and a busy morning but not the sort of day we wanted at Carlisle yesterday; whilst Massini’s Lady ran a nice race on her hurdling debut to finish 5th Dutch Canyon was still travelling nicely when he took a heavy fall four out.  Lucy was unfortunately thrown into the path of following […]

23 October 2015|

Runners today at Carlisle

Very different weather now with the belated arrival of the first of the autumn gales, a bit of rain too so hopefully the ground at Carlisle today will be perfect good ground though we could do with a bit more over the weekend for Kelso and Ayr.

We have two runners today starting with Massini’s Lady […]

22 October 2015|

Perfect Days

A week of poetically beautiful autumn mornings and none more so than today, gloriously crisp and sunny- busy here with 39 horses exercising on the AW and grass gallops.

An exciting time but to be honest we could do with this weather breaking because a lot of the horses are now ready for a run and […]

17 October 2015|

More Madness?

Well not much joy at Sedgefield, Isla Pearl Fisher ran well enough considering the weight he was carrying given that it was his first run back, Marlee Mourinho was lacking a bit in fitness but that was overshadowed by the wind issues that have plagued him in the past resurfacing which is disappointing.  Academy travelled well into the race but […]

13 October 2015|

And so to Sedgie….

In his attempt to break the record for the “most often withdrawn horse” Afterclass was duly taken out at Hexham yesterday after overnight rain failed to materialise, frustrating but I don’t want to waste runs with him when it isn’t properly soft, am left slightly wondering then why I have had him in training all summer… […]

11 October 2015|

A good looker…..

Wet and stormy yesterday, mild and damp today; a change in the weather and the rain had eased the ground to allow us to do plenty of schooling this morning, including over fences for the first time since April.

Amongst those schooling over hurdles was Marlee Massie who unfortunately blundered away his chance on Sunday at […]

6 October 2015|

Roaming (and moaning!)

As fine a week’s weather as I can remember and a fortuitous time to spend 72 hours roaming in the hills, splendid, and a few self-indulgent photographs below.  Good progress on the farm and with the horses here but not the weather for NH racing and a quiet weekend beckons on that front.

To be honest […]

1 October 2015|