Craiganboy, Ayr & Musselburgh

Frosty this morning, still changeable but things drying up fast after a very wet weekend here.  A splendid win at Ayr yesterday with Craiganboy getting off the mark in fine style, it’s very rare that a race goes precisely to plan but Grant carried out instructions to perfection and deserves plenty of credit as do […]

28 February 2017|

Gold Opera, Newcastle, Corbridge and Ayr

A long haul back up the A68 tonight in very blowy and wet conditions, stormy stuff but still smiling after a memorable win for Gold Opera at Newcastle yesterday afternoon.  This horse has not been straightforward to train (he only very rarely works on our all-weather) so it was tremendous to see him dig deep […]

26 February 2017|

Northumbria beckons

A tricky spell of weather, a proper blizzard yesterday; I was watching from afar and Catch and the team did a brilliant job to exercise 38 horses in the circumstances, cold and sunny this morning but the trickiest of conditions with frozen semi-melted snow everywhere.

A little innovation required but the whole string had three canters […]

24 February 2017|

Carlisle, handicapping, that man O’Leary and Lucy

Cooler this morning, expecting a brief cold snap so goodbye spring, hello again winter.  An excellent run from Calivigny at Carlisle yesterday to finish 2nd only beaten by a blot on the handicap from the South, pleased that yesterday’s theory that he would improve for a return to better ground proved correct for once.  His jumping […]

21 February 2017|

Carlisle tomorrow

A lovely mild, spring-like morning, quiet on the yard with just a couple of the horses being ridden, the rest either out in the paddocks or on the walker for 40 minutes.  And a treat tonight for jump racing fans – “Being AP” is on BBC Two at 10pm tonight if you haven’t already seen it, it […]

19 February 2017|

A round up of the week

Cooler today but fine weather for the time of year and spring is a week nearer.  Good sport at Kelso yesterday and both of our runners ran above my expectations which sent me home in top form,  Landecker didn’t travel especially well on the tacky and holding ground but still appeared to run to his […]

17 February 2017|

And Kelso next

Cooler this morning, a breezy old night, the odd shower about and off to Kelso today where we have two runners on ground that will be hard work, heavy with soft places, again a wee shower would help after a drying couple of days.

Four time course winner Landecker runs in the 3.35, Kit rides and […]

16 February 2017|

Ayr today, Newcastle tomorrow

Spring-like at Ayr today and the course in great condition for the time of year, ground not much worse than soft though a bit tacky and I was pleased with our 4 runners in one way or another, a muddling pace didn’t suit McGinty’s Dream but he stayed on well to be 4th, only beaten […]

14 February 2017|

Ayr tomorrow

So weather settled down again after a rough, cold and wet weekend, forecast not bad for the time of year and turning milder.  Looks like the ground will be pretty testing at the meetings coming up now that it is drying out in the breeze having been heavy and soft with heavy places is the […]

13 February 2017|

Sedgefield yesterday, Carlisle tomorrow

Very wet overnight and a touch of snow this morning, cold, damp and mucky.  Sedgefield eventually went ahead yesterday after (a record?) five official inspections, Dutch Canyon left his Wetherby running behind him as I hoped and ran a much better race to finish 3rd, we’re getting there slowly with him but will probably wait […]

7 February 2017|