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A big weekend at Kelso and Carlisle

By | 2018-05-11T20:41:06+00:00 April 6th, 2018|

Cool today but dry thank goodness, forecast looks OK though little sign of any warmth.  Big day at Kelso tomorrow; the most valuable day’s racing they have ever staged and ITV Racing headlining their show from the track for the first time, whilst we would have had a stronger hand if the weather had obliged [...]

One or two thoughts (in the absence of any racing)

By | 2018-05-11T20:32:02+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|

After a glorious Easter Sunday weather has reverted to type with two grim days, more snow, driving sleet and the vast majority of the UK feels as if it is under water. Easter Sunday morning at Kinneston – seems an age ago! Every turf meeting abandoned on Easter Monday and today and [...]

Cold Easter

By | 2018-05-11T20:24:12+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Horrible today – sleet and freezing rain blowing in on a strong Easterly wind, again…  forecast is rubbish and no sign of spring – disappointing but a drier spell has allowed us full use of all the facilities and the horses are doing plenty of work.  A sparse spell fixture wise on the racing front but [...]

Pointing this weekend….

By | 2018-05-11T20:15:14+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

A fine evening after a disappointingly wet start to the day, horses seem well though and it’s been a busy week with full access to all the facilities appearing a bit of a novelty, long may it continue and at last we were able to school properly again yesterday, we took full advantage of the [...]

Wetherby to Haydock

By | 2018-05-11T20:11:28+00:00 March 20th, 2018|

Another fine day, at home this morning and down here in Yorkshire where Christmas in USA was disappointing, appearing not to stay the 2m 4f on tiring ground but he blew hard and I fear that the impact of the weather on his recent training may have been greater than I expected.  Let’s hope that’s [...]

Wetherby tomorrow

By | 2018-05-11T20:05:26+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

Oh what a difference the weather makes, after the grimmest of weekends forcing abandonments up and down the country including three more key fixtures up here at Newcastle, Carlisle and Kelso today I was just about at my wits end then the sun comes out to produce a glorious day today and against all odds [...]

Cheltenham & Hexham

By | 2018-05-11T20:02:05+00:00 March 14th, 2018|

Blowy and on the chilly side down here in the Cotswolds, fantastic racing, fantastic horses, fantastic people, the usual maelstrom of emotions, oh to have runners at this most extraordinary of race meetings – one day I hope. McGinty’s Dream One more night in the pub and then we will hit the [...]

Slow Sunday, muddy Ayr and plans…

By | 2018-05-11T19:57:46+00:00 March 11th, 2018|

Fine and mild today, a slow Sunday, whilst it was disappointing to lose Kelso again it’s been a blessing to have a quiet day in the office catching up ahead of a busy week. Before…. I have to admit to feeling a little battle weary as I headed out to the yard [...]

Ayr today, Ayr yesterday and Kelso tomorrow we hope

By | 2018-05-11T19:51:45+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Cold and wet this morning, the East wind back, at least its not snowing, always look on the bright side….  back to Ayr today where the ground is soft though may ease if the rain arrives as forecast.  We have two runners, Bertalus in the 2.45, a step back in the right direction last time [...]

Ayr tomorrow, Carlisle today…

By | 2018-05-11T19:43:03+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

Snow slowly disappearing but in no hurry and frost this morning unhelpful. Off to Ayr tomorrow with four runners, ground soft with heavy places, and we start with The Orange Rogue in the 2.50, 7 run and Grant rides. “The Rogue” He’s been disappointing this season and didn’t really appear to stay [...]