Bitterly cold at Kelso yesterday and overnight rain produced testing ground, not what we wanted for Isla Pearl Fisher but we ran him and he put up a reasonable effort to finish 4th all things considered, he is bright and well this morning and the plan is to head to Musselburgh on 13th Jan to defend the Kilmany Cup (although the actual Cup of course is still sitting in a certain Mr Wyllie’s cupboard, will it make it to the course on time this year??).
The ever-handsome IPF heads out to the course



 Lucy took another couple of heavy tumbles, upsides the leader on the favourite in the last, that’s racing but it isn’t fun..
Today she heads to Haydock to ride Lockstown in the Last Fling Chase at 2.35, one degree and snowing on the M74 she reports. After that she has four good rides at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.

Of course this week we heard that Mark Bradburne had retired after an illustrious career involving more than 350 winners including two at the Cheltenham Festival, he is a top class horseman and often rode for us when available in the North, he was marvellous at educating young horses and his insight when he came back in was invaluable.  Both his parents rode for us and speaking to Mark recently I don’t think it will be too long before we have the opportunity to leg up a 3rd generation of Bradburnes!  Frank took these pictures in September, Mark coming in after his final Perth winner on Jetmaster…..