Hexham, Up Helly Aa King and Friars Haugh.

Mild and breezy today, a few showers about but fine spring weather.  Not the day we wanted at all at Hexham on Tuesday; a race too many for The Bishop who never really got into it but plugged on to be 4th and a serious injury for Up Helly Aa King who was pulled up […]

31 March 2017|

Kelso, Hexham & Rossini’s Dancer again!

A glorious spring morning after a lovely weekend, very warm racing on Saturday especially at Kelso; 18 degrees to be precise – a far cry from the snow and ice of earlier in the week and some horses were caught out by it and finished distressed, hardly surprising but symptomatic of the topsy turvy weather […]

27 March 2017|

Lucy, Kelso and Lanark

A fine spring day, at last, and the forecast settled so we can look forward to an easier time weather wise and delighted that Lucy had her comeback winner at Musselburgh this afternoon on her 4th ride back after injury, much deserved as it has been very tough for her being on the sidelines at […]

24 March 2017|

Musselburgh tomorrow

So the weather appears to have quietened down after a stormy few days, some extremely wet weather about but we escaped the worst of it unlike Hexham who have had an astonishing 5 inches of rain since their fixture a week ago, let’s hope it dries up enough to let their fixture on Tuesday go […]

23 March 2017|

Celebrations at Friars Haugh; Newcastle, Haydock, Lucy and Cheltenham reflections.

The spring equinox might have passed but no sign of spring- cold, wild, windy and snowing this morning, plenty of weather about to keep us on our toes this week.  A great day at the Duke of Buccleuch point-to-point on Sunday with Crawford enjoying his first winner on Rossini’s Dancer, who retained the Duchess of Gloucester […]

21 March 2017|

Hexham, Newcastle and then Friars Haugh

Colder again, damp and blowy this afternoon.  Very blowy at Hexham yesterday and tremendous to see The Bishop put up an exceptional effort to finish 2nd, just denied in the last 20 yards at the end of a long three miles on testing ground; a return to fences for him now, perhaps later this month […]

17 March 2017|


Springlike in the Cotswolds but leaving the mayhem of the Festival today to head North today to the hills of Hexham where we have two declared runners on ground that is likely to be heavy and holding after a few dry days.  We start with The Bishop in the 3.45, a quick reappearance after winning […]

16 March 2017|

Ayr, Dalston, Lucy and Cheltenham

Much milder today; dull, dampish and a welcome chance to regroup and catch up in the office.  Our good fortune continued yesterday with an across the card double at Ayr and the point-to-point at Dalston, hard to believe that we have had ten winners in two weeks, no doubt that is our ration for the […]

12 March 2017|

Boom, boom, boom and Ayr/Dalston today

Damp and mild this morning and a nice buzz on the yard after fine day at Ayr yesterday with three winners, a second and two thirds, confirmation that the horses remain in good fettle although one of the winners was perhaps fortuitous.

In the first race Just Brooke showed a little progress on her hurdling debut […]

11 March 2017|

Ayr today

Dullish sort of weather this morning, quiet enough and things beginning to dry up a bit.  A lengthy delay at Luton Airport last night, home in the early hours, not ideal ahead of what promises to be a busy day at Ayr today but Catch and the team once again have everything running smoothly.  Ground […]

10 March 2017|