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Super Saturday.....

It really was a case of Super Saturday last weekend…….. At Wetherby on Saturday 3 rd   Black Pirate made his debut for the yard in the concluding Bumper.  It was a war of attrition in the worst of the heavy ground and although at times quite green and momentarily off the bridle down the back, once Conor O’Farrell stoked Pirate up...
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Weekly Round Up

It was with great sadness that we learned Malcolm Jefferson died this morning. He was without doubt not just a brilliant trainer but an especially wonderful, inspirational man and a true sportsman in every sense of the word. It is particularly poignant that he will not be able to see the results of all his hard work with possibly his best ever...
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This week's round-up

On Tuesday 23 rd we ran Empire de Maulde for the first time in a Juvenile Hurdle at Wetherby where he came fourth .  He is a big, well-bred horse who still has a great deal of maturing to do and the race was not run to suit. He would have preferred more pace and possibly better ground, but his jumping first...
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A mixed bag of Winter weather & racing!


A big thank you to everyone at the yard and in racing who work extra hard in these harsh weather conditions to ensure that the horses come first -  fed, watered, warm and exercised.

Yard 2

A great start to the week…….

We had five runners on soft going at Kelso on Sunday 14th which resulted in a fourth, a third and a valuable win. Kelso racecourse provided owners and trainers with a complimentary lunch which was very welcome. Thanks must also go to Ms Debs Thomson Ginger Beer for their sponsorship of the race won by Un Guet Apens.


In the feature Kristoffersen Carpets & Flooring Handicap Hurdle Charmant was sent off favourite with Conor O’Farrell on board. This was a step up in class and he ran a very good race to come fourth and was only beaten by 5 ¼ lengths. Jassas was prominent until two out but Brian Hughes reported that he was gurgling. He has now been taken by James to have his wind tidied up and will be more effective on better ground as he has a nice daisy cutting action.

In the other feature race the Children’s Immunology Trust Handicap Chase Un Guet  Apens wearing blinkers for the first time was given a brilliant ride by Conor O’Farrell  who kept him up with the pace throughout producing him in the final few strides to thrust his head in front of the well-fancied Romanex and win by a neck. This was a very brave effort and his second chase win this season.   This was also a tribute to Phil Dyson and his veterinary team as well as those in the yard who have worked so hard to help him recover from serious colic surgery.

In the 3m Handicap Chase Ueueteotl was given a bold ride by Henry Brooke and responded well on ground softer than he would prefer by coming a good third.

At Ayr on Monday in extreme conditions we ran Green Tikkana in the Maiden Hurdle. She is a tough homebred mare - all heart - and stayed on well to snatch third on the line. This was a nice touch for a few of her new Craig Farm Syndicate owners who were able to get up to 50 to 1 in the morning.   There was almost more of a cheer for third than the winner! She will now have a handicap mark and will appreciate some better ground and a step up in trip. Her jumping and aptitude has improved with each run and she is a nice prospect  now for mares races.

Sky Full of Stars up two handicap bands from his win a fortnight back (0-110) was found wanting so will need to drop again into 0-100-105s to be competitive. Possibly the race came for him soon enough as well.

Both horses won BTO with Vanessa turning them out beautifully on both days and we were home just in time to beat the snow. Thankfully racing was abandoned on the Tuesday for the safety of all.


The Warwick Lodge team had a good fourth at Wolverhampton with Betancourt making his belated start on the flat.   It was a decent novice event with Star Archer the class act and he was far from disgraced. Leahcar is declared on Friday at Newcastle with Tom Eaves

We were very sad to hear of the death of Anne Grossick who with her husband John ran the equine photography business which covers nearly all of the racecourses in Scotland and the north of England and they also produce our excellent Racing Calendar.

Entries so far next week are at Newcastle, Wetherby and Catterick.

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A Productive Week!


For now the extreme cold has left us and we are tropical compared to the last couple of weeks!  Sadly it meant we had only one runner last week. However, thankfully a good thaw set in and by Wednesday morning ground conditions were back to normal allowing for some very productive schooling sessions to take place.  Connor O’Farrell came in on a...
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