//December

Legend, Musselburgh and Happy New Year!

By | 2018-01-11T15:20:30+00:00 December 31st, 2017|

Brutal weather this morning, 65mph winds driving icy rain across the gallops, grim conditions for the team but 30 horses exercised and all justly proud of Clan Legend who won well down at Haydock yesterday, an important win for the yard at a number of levels.  For once a change of tactics worked and this tough [...]

Here today, Haydock tomorrow

By | 2018-01-11T15:14:31+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

Heavy snow this morning, stopped now but challenging conditions for training racehorses. The 4th pass on the all weather at dusk this evening as we attempt to keep it open for exercise tomorrow Haydock tomorrow and I hope the roads are safe for travel having decided to take our two runners down [...]

Places all over the place and a very Merry Christmas to all!

By | 2018-01-11T15:09:51+00:00 December 24th, 2017|

Breezy and damp today, mild but ominous signs of frost round the corner.  Our three Saturday runners were all placed; at Newcastle Christmas in USA stayed on into 4th looking like he would be better over further – at least this is an option now he is seeing out his races, Elvis Mail ran a [...]

Busy Saturday

By | 2018-01-11T15:05:39+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|

Damp and dull at Ayr today but milder again after an unexpected frost this morning. One lorry at Ayr today and another en route to Haydock for racing there tomorrow.  Ground there will be heavy which should suit Lake View Lad well in the 2.45, 10 run and he deserves his chance to step up [...]

And Ayr tomorrow – a wee extra!

By | 2018-01-11T15:02:59+00:00 December 21st, 2017|

Quiet weather, cool, fog drifting about.  A busy 48 hours looming and we kick off with a replacement fixture at Ayr tomorrow on heavy ground.  Whilst I am very disappointed that there are no opportunities for the handful of horses we had going there for last week’s abandoned fixture at least we have the opportunity [...]

Musselburgh Monday

By | 2018-01-11T14:59:43+00:00 December 17th, 2017|

Cold and dreich today, frost still deep in the ground but the thaw is underway.  Thank goodness because the abandonment of Carlisle today takes it to six consecutive Northern meetings being lost over the last 8 days, a serious blow as we would have been very busy but delighted that Musselburgh has stepped in to [...]

Newcastle next (maybe?)

By | 2018-01-11T14:55:09+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

Thawing here but only just, ground still frozen and due to turn colder again.  Six runners declared at Newcastle tomorrow, subject to an 8am inspection, our lorry will hopefully be at Berwick by then so fingers crossed it will be on as an ultra early start for the team.  It’s the nature of the game [...]

Ayr tomorrow (maybe)

By | 2018-01-11T14:49:25+00:00 December 11th, 2017|

Cold weather continues, hardest spell for a few years, and we are very much in the abandonment season which always tests one’s temperament.  We have five runners declared for Ayr tomorrow, they have gone to huge efforts to cover the entire racing surface in fleeces and it will be touch and go whether they are [...]

Cold, and Alnwick

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:07+00:00 December 10th, 2017|

Very cold, as it is up and down the country, as cold as it has been for a good few years.  Ground too hard to turn horses out so the team here had to work particularly hard to ensure all 43 horses had time out of their box on the horsewalker, we find a little [...]

8th December 2017

By | 2018-01-11T14:43:22+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Bitterly cold today, eye-wateringly so in the wind and looks set this way for the next week, brr.  We could have been at Wetherby or Aintree tomorrow but Clan Legend has already run this week and the ground at Aintree has gone against Benny’s Secret so it’s off to the first fixture of the new [...]