Kelso & this week

Overcast this morning but warm and am sure will brighten up soon, farm very dry now.  Splendid weather at Kelso yesterday and what must have been a record crowd enjoyed Ladies Day in the sun, a good winner for Lucy in the first and delighted to receive a prize for being joint leading trainer at […]

30 May 2016|

Cheltenham, arrivals, Kelso and grass

Not much of a day today; low cloud, drizzle and a cold easterly wind.  Very different yesterday at the “Holy of Holies” – Cheltenham racecourse resplendent in the summer sun, immaculate and the ground staff hard at work despite the time of year.  Very pleased to have been there for what is undoubtedly the best […]

27 May 2016|

Kit and the burdens of responsibility.

A fine day, quiet on the yard with quite a few of the team on holiday now, 9 horses to ride, 3 babies and half a dozen still in training but an industrious feel as refurbishments well underway.  Late home last night after a few beers in the weighing room at Hexham to celebrate the […]

23 May 2016|

Sales debrief & Hexham finale

Mild today, a warm breeze, plenty of showers, good growing weather, grand for the time of year.  A productive if rather long week at Goffs Sales in Doncaster; pleased enough with our results.  Celestino sold well to Lawney Hill, he is a winner waiting to happen and  I am sure will have success with him […]

21 May 2016|

Quiet for some, winners for others & update re Sales

A perfect quiet weekend, a Charity Stable Visit on Saturday morning followed by an afternoon watching the racing with my stepfather “JGD”, he has been poorly of late so it  was lovely to go over and spend some time with him.  And a quiet but productive Sunday spending time on the farm, with the horses in the fields and […]

16 May 2016|

Perth – drat

So the sun is back out this evening but much cooler today after a delightfully warm and sunny week which culminated in a wonderful atmosphere with a huge crowd of six thousand for Ladies Day at Perth yesterday.

Despite the lovely weather we had a disappointing day with Always Tipsy taking a crashing fall at the […]

13 May 2016|

Perth again and Dante Day

Another splendid day, bright sun with a cooling Easterly breeze; drying conditions lead to fast ground at Perth last night which doesn’t suit many of our horses but a glorious evening’s racing in the setting sun – just what evening summer racing should be all about.  Christmas in USA didn’t like the fast ground but […]

12 May 2016|

Perth today and Ireland yesterday

Glorious weather continues, a cool wind but bright, sunny and warm in the afternoons when the wind dies down.  Five runners at Perth this evening on well watered ground that was pleasingly consistent when I walked it on Monday evening.  First runner is our French import Christmas in USA who makes his rules debut for the […]

11 May 2016|

Summer (nearly)

So at last the weather is beginning to warm up, not the heatwave being enjoyed by those further South but enough to make the snow of a week ago seem but a distant memory.  Thank goodness for that, we can now accelerate the process of turning out the horses who are going to the field […]

6 May 2016|


Still cold but signs of things warming up at last, thank goodness, we need the grass to start growing as it’s time for a lot of the horses to have a proper break.

Three declared runners at Kelso tomorrow, the wet weekend should ensure there is still plenty of give in the ground, easy side of […]

3 May 2016|