Arise Sir Anthony (and not forgetting Kelso & Musselburgh)

A knighthood for our greatest jockey, richly deserved and the announcement rightly greeted with acclaim across the industry – his achievements will never be surpassed and what a wonderful ambassador for our sport he is proving to be in retirement – hip, hip, hooray!

Wet and cold again having been bizarrely mild yesterday but we have […]

31 December 2015|

Kelso, we hope…

Well, it’s stopped raining for now but a very tough morning on the yard with the loss of two dear equine friends in the form of Back on the Road and Ceilidh.  Hard for everyone but the team were extraordinarily professional and bashed on to ensure that all the horses received their exercise as planned.

Move […]

28 December 2015|

Priceless wins…

So the dismal infrastructure that we are currently having to put up with in Central Scotland caused us to have to go via Carlisle to Newcastle on Saturday but I didn’t mind one jot as I was delighted to be going racing with three decent chances and even more delighted that for once my optimism […]

21 December 2015|

Now Newcastle

Breezy today, and rain again, not as mild as forecast and the ground tomorrow at Newcastle is heavy, no surprise there.  We have 4 declared runners starting with Bertalus in the 11.45, 6 run and Lucy rides.

Then in the 12.15 we run The Orange Rogue, 6 run and Stephen rides in what looks like a […]

18 December 2015|

A quieter week in a way…

A dull, dark, damp week so far but brightening up today and extremely mild.  Quiet on the racing front, a chance to regroup and plan;  and at last the opportunity to watch Always Tipsy’s Cheltenham run again, bang there at the 2nd last travelling as well as anything then within 50 yards treading water, initial concerns […]

16 December 2015|

Boom, boom again and now Cheltenham

Cold now, snow about and still stormy, challenging conditions on all fronts.

A great day at Newcastle yesterday with Marlee Massie defying his penalty to win again in gritty style and Clan Legend looking progressive, staying on strongly to follow up his Kelso win.  Another Mattie might well have made it a treble had I not […]

11 December 2015|

Newcastle & Blair

Brutal weather first lot this morning, cold rain driven in on an icy wind, but it is winter in Scotland so can’t expect much else and the horses seem well.  A more ordinary day at Musselburgh on Monday, Landecker ran well but is still too high in the weights, The Bishop didn’t want to know, […]

9 December 2015|

Boom boom… and now Musselburgh

A tremendous team effort to emerge from storm Desmond and the road chaos to produce 8 immaculate looking runners at Kelso yesterday, an effort well rewarded with a first and last race double courtesy of Road to Gold and Marlee Massie.  A very promising run also from Presenting Rose to finish 3rd, Little Glenshee travelled […]

7 December 2015|

Big Sunday

Violent, stormy weather, some structural damage, grim conditions for exercising them this morning, I doubt they are making much progress fixing our bridge.  Heavy ground at Kelso tomorrow, let’s hope the forecast is correct and Storm Desmond moves on in good time.  Assuming we can get there we have 8 declared runners starting with two […]

5 December 2015|