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Hexham, Perth then Sales Season

By | 2018-05-11T21:51:05+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Fine weather this week, a bit cold but bright, breezy and the odd shower.  Down to earth with a bump at Kelso on Wednesday with neither runner making the frame despite me believing they had good chances; as I feared the ground was a bit lively for Always Tipsy – he just jumps a bit [...]

Ayr yesterday, Kelso tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T21:47:13+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

A change in the weather this afternoon, cooler with showers after a glorious few days and delighted to get off the mark for the new season with a winner at Ayr yesterday; Final Reminder staying on strongly to win in good style and reward her owner Brian Castle’s patience – with luck she can go [...]

Old Season – New Season & Ayr tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T21:40:56+00:00 May 6th, 2018|

Lovely warm late spring day, nature bursting into life and the National Hunt break flew past in a flash… what has changed is the ground; I suspect Hexham broke the record in going from “waterlogged in places” to “watering” in the space of 10 days – the trick now is not to allow frustration to [...]

Perth today, Balcormo tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T21:35:13+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Bright this morning, cool but another drying sort of day and back up to Perth where we have 3 runners on ground that will be pretty well good to soft by this afternoon. Koala Keel First off is Koala Keel in the 1.30, Grant rides and 8 run, she’ll appreciate the drying [...]

Perth today and Perth yesterday

By | 2018-05-11T21:30:05+00:00 April 26th, 2018|

Cool again today, blustery showers and ground at Perth much softer than anticipated, much huffing and puffing but its been an exceptionally long and wet winter followed by a cold and slow spring so it is what it is and we have five runners on soft/heavy in places today. Christmas in USA We start [...]

Our runners at Perth tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T21:22:55+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Cool and showery, a busy week and we have six runners declared to run at Perth tomorrow where the ground is mainly soft.  Eagle Ridge runs in the first race at 1.30, 8 run and Lucy rides, he had a good excuse last time at Haydock and should leave that run behind him. Jolie [...]

Festivals Galore! (and Hexham tomorrow…)

By | 2018-05-11T21:15:37+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

Much cooler today, but a south westerly with the odd shower about, typical for the time of year and right now “typical” feels pretty good.  A wonderful two day meeting at Ayr, high class competitive racing for excellent money enjoyed by a huge crowd – exactly what it is all about and although most of the [...]

Sun and winners thank goodness – and Ayr today.

By | 2018-05-11T21:06:12+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Gold Opera having the finishing touches applied beofre his win at Newcastle on Sunday Another lovely spring morning, perfect weather but Cheltenham abandoning a race yesterday because it was too hot?  Crikey, appears we are having coldest and hottest April days in the same year – wierd.  Farm slow to dry out but [...]

National then Newcastle

By | 2018-05-11T20:56:34+00:00 April 15th, 2018|

A lovely mild morning and the intensity of birdsong at first light heralding the long awaited spring, yippee, a glorious time of year.  Ground still very wet though, perhaps the heaviest its ever been yesterday at Newcastle and it was attritional stuff, I do wish jockeys would ride with more patience in these conditions, “ride [...]

Newcastle, Aintree, Newcastle, Kelso then Carlisle!

By | 2018-05-11T20:48:38+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Still cold & grey, drizzle but forecast much better for next week, at last.  A busy weekend ahead if the weather behaves (am I really saying this in mid April?) with a double header at Newcastle (heavy) and horses to be prepared for Kelso on Monday.  There’s a 7am inspection at Newcastle tomorrow but hopefully [...]