Cumberland to Hexham

Cold and blowy down here in Cumbria and it looks like being a bit fierce up in the hills at Hexham this afternoon where we have five runners on what is likely to be soft ground.  The first race is at 2pm and we have two runners, Been Decided (Stephen) and Farewelltocheyenne (Peter Buchanan), both […]

29 March 2016|

Happy Easter & Bearded Jockeys?

Happy Easter everyone, an early Easter it is and it certainly feels like it, not many daffodils out up here but fine weather though a cold wind and low pressure to reassert tomorrow for a few days.  A stay at home Saturday tomorrow, sad not to be represented at the “Challenger Series” Finals at Haydock […]

25 March 2016|

Benny, Benny, Benny – raising the bar

Another fine morning and the horses looking splendid first lot with their coats gleaming in the sun.  Absolutely delighted that Benny’s Secret had a turn of luck yesterday when he ran out a cosy winner of the first race at Kelso, he is a horse I have always held in the highest regard and he can […]

22 March 2016|

Mixed Fortunes

Another lovely day and Kinross-shire looking fantastically beautiful as I pottered off to collect the papers this morning, the farmers are busy and it’s such a relief to see our arable ground being cultivated in perfect conditions after the battering it has taken this winter – a yomp up the hill beckons.  A wonderful day at Lanark […]

20 March 2016|

Cheltenham, Hexham, Newcastle and Lanark

Busy days and a marvellous Cheltenham Festival draws to a close, such an intense four days of competition, brutally competitive but amidst all the stories of human drama it is the horse that comes to the top – as it should be, Annie Power, Sprinter Sacre, Thistlecrack and Don Cossack to name but four, what […]

18 March 2016|

Back up to Hexham

Been cold at Cheltenham but a day to remember with the magnificent revival of the most wonderful horse, Sprinter Sacre, one of those “I was there moments” and grateful to be present for such a special moment.  Back to reality tomorrow with a trip back up the road to Hexham where we have three runners […]

16 March 2016|

Kelso and next…..

Glorious weather today, a morning to make the heart sing and a fabulous day’s racing at Kelso yesterday with an awe inspiring display from the Grand National favourite Many Clouds, a top class novice hurdle in which we could sadly only finish 4th and a memorable winner in the last with Kit deputising for Lucy […]

14 March 2016|

Rossini’s & Kelso

Mild again, weather looks settled now for the rest of this month.  An early start, plenty to do and a winner, two seconds and a third from our five runners yesterday – the winner an unlikely one I thought but delighted that Rossini’s Dancer won the Men’s Open at the Buccleuch point-to-point – his 11th win […]

13 March 2016|

Ayr, Lucy, Ayr and Kelso

Milder today and the early morning birdsong has a renewed intensity, spring is coming.  And an intense sort of day at Ayr yesterday rewarded with an exhilarating double, Gold Opera winning for the second time this season and Clan Legend for the fourth, both ran out convincing winners and can hopefully continue to progress.  Benny’s […]

12 March 2016|

Carlisle & Ayr (let’s forget about Newcastle)..

Cold and dull but dry this morning and plenty of schooling to be done now that it has dried up a bit.  One runner at Carlisle today, Tipsy Dara in the 4.50, only 4 run but a tight little handicap on ground that will be testing, Stephen rides.  Five runners declared for Ayr tomorrow on […]

10 March 2016|