//February

25th February – Update

By | 2018-05-11T18:25:09+00:00 February 25th, 2018|

The most glorious of late winter afternoons driving back up the A68 from the Tynedale point-to-point, just as well really as I could be forgiven for feeling a little battered.  We had been on a bit of a roll recently but we were brought back to earth sharply with heavy falls for Lucy yesterday and [...]

Team Champions! Newcastle tomorrow and beware the beast….

By | 2018-05-11T18:12:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Another fine day, farm drying up nicely but forecast not good at all – a productive week and horses seem fit and well.  Yesterday was a wonderful day for the yard when we were honoured to win the inaugural Lycetts Team Champion Award at a well attended National Trainers Federation AGM at the Institute of [...]

Massini’s Lady wins at Wetherby!

By | 2018-05-11T17:59:06+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

A glorious morning, cold and crisp but a hint of spring in the air, shortlived as sadly I fear winter has a sting in its tail.  London bound this afternoon, it is Awards Season and I’m delighted that we are one of four finalists for the Lycetts Team Champion Award, winner due to be announced [...]

Carlisle to Wetherby

By | 2018-05-11T17:38:03+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

A fine mild evening down here in Cumbria where I am overnighting between Carlisle and Wetherby.  Back down to earth today with two runners that failed to sparkle, mildly irritating as Top Cat was meant to run at Ayr last week and when that was abandoned had no choice but to come here, we didn’t [...]

A great win at Haydock and Carlisle tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T17:32:14+00:00 February 18th, 2018|

A grey day today but a thoroughly heartwarming one yesterday at a number of levels. A memorable win at Haydock for Lake View Lad, he’s a very special horse – honest and talented – and he gave everything to win by the narrowest of margins after an exemplary round of jumping for a [...]

Haydock tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T17:22:23+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Not a bad day at all, cold still, but no frost/snow/gales/hail/rain for a change.  As I suspected no winners from our five runners over the last few days but they ran well and I think their placing relative to their odds suggests they are generally running above expectations- 2nd @ 18-1, 3rd @ 33-1, 4th [...]

Musselburgh today, Kelso tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T17:15:48+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Snowing as I write, forecast fine though for racing this afternoon and tomorrow. One declared runner at Musselburgh and four at Kelso but may struggle for a winner, unlike yesterday of course when we would have had lots!  Good to soft for Dutch Canyon in the 4.30 today, reverts to hurdles and not sure the [...]

A great winner on Saturday but no Ayr tomorrow.

By | 2018-05-11T17:09:16+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

Cold again, snow showers, frosty.  A profoundly rewarding winner for Crawford at the Berwickshire point-to-point on Left Back, this horse hasn’t been straightforward but Crawford has ridden him most days at home over the past few months and to see them gel together and make all with an exhilarating round of jumping was brilliant – [...]

Pointing tomorrow, Ayr on Sunday

By | 2018-05-11T17:03:31+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

A fine day, sun, no frost to speak of and plenty of work done with the horses on all the gallops ahead of a busy 10 days, forecast a bit iffy but nothing too extreme hopefully, our aborted trip to Sedgefield has made this week feel rather long so trust weather will behave now. [...]

Sedgefield today, err, not quite.

By | 2018-05-11T16:57:28+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

Snow back and now very cold, -5 forecast for tonight and and an abortive trip to Sedgefield today which was called off at 11am after 3 inspections.  Amy wasn’t back from Newcastle until 9pm last night and was back in for 5.45am this morning so for racing to be called off just after she arrived [...]