Pluses and minuses

Cold today but nothing extreme and looks like a quiet week on the weather front with the hard frost away, hope it stays away because we have an important 10 days coming up with lots of runners around the country.  A couple of benefits from last week’s hard frost;  we were able to move the […]

28 November 2016|

Prospects for Newcastle and Carlisle

Cold again today, a very cold week with hard frost, unusual for November, let’s hope “that’s it” re winter rather than a sign of things to come.  Musselburgh abandoned earlier this week and an inspection for Carlisle on Sunday but no problems for Newcastle’s fixture tomorrow where the ground is drying up after the best part […]

25 November 2016|

A week is a long time….

…in racing.  A week ago I was feeling rather pleased, 3 winners in the previous 7 days and the horses running well, yesterday 3 x PU – not what the doctor ordered.  Our visit to Uttoxeter last season was particularly fruitful and having identified 3 good races for our horses I had high expectations for […]

21 November 2016|

Haydock to Uttoxeter (via Kinneston)

Cold and frosty this morning, working on the grass delayed until 3rd lot but all going well on the all-weather so far, weather warnings and motorway closures abound, not ideal for a busy weekend on the roads but it is a winter sport.

Very wet at Haydock yesterday with sleety slush lying on the track which […]

19 November 2016|

Haydock for Landecker and Jolie Crickette

Cold, wet and blustery today, feels like winter now.   A weekend on the M6 beckons with runners at Haydock tomorrow and Uttoxeter on Sunday.  It can rain as much as it likes at the latter but I am hoping they don’t get any more rain at Haydock where it is currently soft, forecast isn’t […]

17 November 2016|

Musselburgh today

Mild and damp this morning with a changeable week in prospect.  One runner at Musselburgh this afternoon, Dutch Canyon in the 3.20, 8 run and Craig Nichol rides; the outsider of the field no doubt after an unenthusiastic display at Hexham 10 days ago, visor back on today and should prefer this track and ground […]

14 November 2016|

Ayr, Lucy and Newcastle

Fair this morning and not too cold but definitely feels like winter, the quiet day exercise wise for the horses and some useful schooling done.  A very mixed day at Ayr yesterday with Lucy taking a heavy fall on Craiganboy in the first race and having to be immobilised prior to transfer to hospital.  Fortunately […]

10 November 2016|

Horses for Courses?

Chilly today but not as cold as expected and doubt forecast snow will materialise. Famous last words? I hope not as racing at Ayr tomorrow and we are hoping for a busy day with six declared runners on ground that is likely to ease from the present good to soft as plenty of rain forecast […]

8 November 2016|

Kelso today

Cold, today, north wind.  A brief and businesslike blog in the light of the dreadful news regarding Freddie Tylicki yesterday, the racing world will rally round in support but this is a tragedy. A great jockey cut down in the prime of his career – my heart goes out to him and his family.  Pleased […]

5 November 2016|

Hexham tomorrow

Grey today, a bit cold, a little drizzle, a change after a couple of lovely days.  Off to Hexham tomorrow where we have two runners, improved prize money and good to soft ground enticing plenty of runners to this most picturesque of racecourses.

Dutch Canyon makes his chasing debut in the 2.20, 9 run and Lucy […]

3 November 2016|