9th December 2018

2 WINNERS This week smiley Crosspark and Lady Mastersmiley

Another busy week with some mixed results! Crosspark went to Southwell on Tuesday in a 0-140 handicap hurdle. I ran him back over hurdles as he had a 7lb lower handicap mark.  He was given a great ride by Harry Skelton who knows him well and produced him to lead going to the last and he battled all the way to the line. Thrilled for his owner Bill Booth.

Gerald took The Captain to Fakenham and we expected a good run from him. Sadly he stopped quickly again and we are looking at what might be ailing him - very disappointing for his connections as we really like him and are hoping for better results.

Dyliev ran at Leicester on Thursday and ran no sort of race. I think the slow early gallop didn't suit and we plan to try again this week, taking the hood off and riding her nearer to the pace. She is another who works well at home!

On Friday Malapie travelled down to Exeter to try out a longer trip. Tom rode him and on the whole he jumped well. It was a shame they took 4 fences out as he got a bit outpaced when there were no jumps. He didn't appear to stay the extra 6 furlongs as he stopped very quickly going to the 4th last. 

On Saturday I ran Lady Master in her first chase up at Wetherby. She has always loved her jumping and is a big scopey mare so was always going to find fences easier than hurdles. David Bass (his first winner for us) gave her a lovely ride and rode her just as I had asked.giving her plenty of daylight and taking his time. It was not the greatest race by any means but she won it well. Delighted for Peter Dixon Smith who has had to listen to me telling him she would make a better chaser and he needed to be patient!! Peter bred Lady and she is a half sister to his useful chaser Noble Legend so hopefully there will be a lot more fun to be had.

This weeks entries are Global Domination Uttoxeter, Dyliev Leicester, Reckless Behavior Warwick and Early Retirement Bangor. Decisions on running plans will be made nearer the time. 


24th November 2018

smiley WINNER : CROSSPARK smiley   Last Saturday Crosspark had his first run of the season ridden by Harry Skelton. He had dropped down the handicap from last season and put up an impressive performance to win by 16 lengths. A great credit to the team as he is not the easiest to keep right and we all put a lot of work into him. Hope the handicapper is right as he has put him up 12 lbs which seems very harshsad

Lady Master (James Bowen) also ran at Uttoxeter and I was dissappointed with her run. She is better than that and I think we may now go over fences as she is a very big mare and jumps well. 

On Tuesday Troufion and Reckless Behavior ran at Southwell. Troufion (Gina Andrews) had missed a year and I feel was just very ring rusty - not easy with these big horses being unable to work on the grass. Reckless Behavior (Robbie Dunne) travelled really well until 4 out and then faded rapidly - dissappointing and may need to go back in trip.

 Troufion and Reckless well turned out by India  

Malapie and Global Domination make their seasonal reappearances at Uttoxeter tomorrow.

A few of the point to pointers/Hunter Chasers having some fun this morning! 


Alex Vaughan-Jones :   Bardista               Thomas Shelby                                  Spring Cover


John Russell : Easythingsarebest and Gunmoney


Tom  :  Galway Jack                          Our Milly Acres                               The Triple Pillar

Schooling yesterday


Gibbes Bay - Kyran                         Carlo Rocks - Tom                      Giveaway - Tom   


Malapie - India                             Don't Tell The Wife - Ellie           Carlo Rocks - Mason 





10th November 2018 

We have had a few runners this week with mixed results!   McCabe Creek (Tom) ran at Huntingdon last Sunday. Sadly he showed little enthusiasm for the game and we have decided to retire him from racing fit and sound. His part owner Kim has found him a new home and he will be leaving us tomorrow. We wish him well in his new career.  


McCabe Creek - photos taken by local photographer James McNaught for his portfolio.

On Thursday we ran Elkstone and Mariners Moon at Market Rasen. I think both ran a little flat and their long campaigns over the Summer has caught up with them. Elkstone has won 3 Chases and gone up 28lbs for those successes! Mariners Moon has run some good races and given his owners some good fun days and he fully deserves to win a race or two next season.

Yesterday Captain Cargo (Sean Bowen) ran at Warwick in a  3m2f novice hurdle. He ran another very solid race, jumping well and stayed on to finish a good 2nd to the favorite. He is still learning and improving and I am looking forward to getting him over a fence in due course. 

We jumped a few this morning after overnight rain but we could still do with some more to enable us to gallop on the grass.


Crosspark -  Tom                                          Troufion  -  Kyran                                    Dyliev  -  Tom

This week we plan to run Dyliev at Huntingdon on Tuesday and Crosspark and Lady Master at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Not enough rain for Carlo Rocks who has an entry.

The point to point yard is filling up and the horses are cantering now. We would like to send some hunting but are waiting for the ground to improve as it is still firm on the grass. What a bizarre weather pattern we have at the moment!  

.26th October 2018

A very good day at Southwell yesterday which would have been even better with a winner! 

Sean Bowen rode our three runners Early Retirement, Captain Cargo and Reckless Behavior.  Early Retirement ran in his first chase over three miles. I was delighted with his jumping and he travelled well throughout. Unfortunately he met the last fence all wrong which allowed the winner to get away quicker. A very good second and looks as though he should be progressive over fences.

Captain Cargo was having his first run in England having run in 2 point to points in Ireland last Spring. He had run on heavy ground on both occasions and showed much improved form on the better ground yesterday. Delighted with his run to finish third in a 3 mile novice hurdle. He will be a chaser in time but it is good to get a bit more experience over hurdles first.

Reckless Behavior ran in a competetive 21/2 mile handicap hurlde. He jumped very well and was still in contention when he got a bit  short of room turning into the straight and had to go wide. He finished 5th but was only beaten 6 lengths and we now have the option of hurdles or fences. He will appreciate slightly softer ground.

We didn,t run Lady Master as i didn't feel she was quite ready yet - another couple of weeks and Crosspark will wait for more give in the ground. No runners for a week or so - really need rain for some of them!

22nd October 2018

Elkstone wins again. smiley   Elkstone won his third race of the season yesterday at Kempton Park. He jumped and travelled really well throughout the race and stayed the three miles well. James Bowen rode him as Sean and Robbbie were riding at Sedgefield and gave him a great ride as he is not easy! What great fun we have had with him this Summer/Autumn and thanks go to our team for keeping him so fresh and well, especially Kyran who rides him in all his work.  smiley.

The Captain (Robbie Dunne) and Mariners Moon (Aiden Coleman) ran at Southwell on 10th October. The Captain ran very well for a long way but stopped very quickly before 2 out. I was disappointed at the time but we found he was not quite right afterwards so have a few things to work on. Mariners Moon did not stay three miles so will be going back in trip for his next run. Dyliev (Sean Bowen) ran at Huntingdon last week, I was pleased how she travelled into the race and her jumping was good. She just needed the run as she had a good blow afterwards - many of the opposition were race fit having run through the summer. 

Early Retirement, Lady Master, Captain Cargo and Reckless  Behavior are entered at Southwell on Thursday and Crosspark Cheltenham on Friday. We will have to look at  the going as no rain is in the forcast for the next week.     


Early Retirement (Tom)                               Carlo Rocks (Kyran)                                 Malapie (Tom)


Captain Cargo (Kyran)                                   Crosspark (Tom)                                    Reckless Behavior (Ellie)   


    Elkstone (Kyran)                                                                 Lady Master (Tom)

 1st October 2018

September has flown by and we are still very dry everywhere. Not going to be easy to get the winter horses started as going is likely to be quick for a bit longer.

We ran our three Summer jumpers last week. Mariners Moon (Sean Bowen) ran at Warwick on  Wednesday in a 21/2 mile handicap chase. He jumped and travelled really well and looked as though he would get that elusive win but just got run out of it up the run in to be beaten a neck. We were all delighted with his run and hopefully he can go again fairly soon while the going is good. 

McCabe Creek (Tom McClorey) ran at Worcester on Friday. There was plenty of pace up front and he was unable to front run as he likes to do. He was close up three from home and then faded to finish 4th. A nightmare journey home as roads closed and blocked everywhere. 

Elkstone  (Sean Bowen) went to Market Rasen in a very competetive 2m 3f handicap chase. They went a very fast gallop on the quick ground and with his 10lb rise in the handicap he was unable to quicken through the field. He still finished a respectable 6th. Sean thinks he may need further now he is running in better class races with more weight. Pleased to say all three horses returned from their races fit and well. 

Tom and Faye's wedding was a wonderful occasion and and the celebrations went on long into the night. A long day as many of the jockeys had fitted in a mornings Autumn hunting beforehand - including Tom !

Sadly on Thursday we attended the funeral of Tom's grandmother, Caroline Gibbs. Caroline was a great lady and loved watching the racing when Tom was riding. She had a share in a couple of point to pointers with us several years ago and we had a lot of fun with them. Our condolences to her daughters Jo Messenger and Etta Maddocks Wright and her grandchildren. 

On Friday evening Rowan Cope and Dickie Barrett organised a surprise dinner for Mum. They had invited many of the lads who had  worked and /or ridden for us over the years. A great evening and Mum really enjoyed it! Thankfully not all the stories of their antics were told!


A few horses jumping this morning


County Road                              Getaway                                Reckless Behavior                        Crosspark



14th September 2018

Mariners Moon ran finished 4th at Southwell. He is putting some consistent runs together and I am hoping he will get his head in front very soon. He will go back over fences in a couple of weeks. Mccabe Creek ran at Stratford and also finished 4th. He was very fresh and was just doing a bit too much early in the race. Apart from one mistake he jumped well for Tom. I maybe made a mistake taking the hood off him and it will go back on for his next run in a week or so.  

A few more photos of the horses on the all weather, getting plenty of work into them now but will soon really need some rain.


       Carlo Rocks            County Road          Captain Cargo             Crosspark                 Don't tell the Wife


  Early Retirement       Elkstone                  Global Domination         Malapie             Getaway 6yr old & Lady Master

  Reckless Behavior                 

                                                                   Edward Elgar out Autumn Hunting on Monday and having a jump round the farm the day before. We are educating him to do another job as he has let us know he has had enough of racing. He enjoyed his day and will be going out again tomorrow.  

On Tuesday Tom and I went over to collect the Great Pretender 3 year old we had bought at Doncaster Sales. Jamie Goss has broken him in and Tom had a sit on him there and they went for a canter on the new all wether canter at Edgecote. We were delighted with the job Jamie has done with him and very happy with his progress. We will now continue his education with us.    Tom and "Chilly" on the all weather at Edgecote

smileyFinally I would like to send Tom Messenger and Faye Conway our very best wishes for their Wedding Day tomorrow. Tom rode plenty of winners for us when he was a jockey and Faye worked for me for about 3 years. Tom is now enjoying his role as Assistant Trainer to Dan Skelton and Faye rides out there and also successfully trains a few point to pointers.  I hope you both have a wonderful day and a very Happy future together.

4th September 2018

I didn't run McCabe Creek at Sedgefield last week as the going was quite firm. He is going to run at Stratford this Saturday - he is very fresh and well and we are hoping for a good run. Tom will be riding - he goes very well for Tom and his 7lbs off top weight is a great help. Mariners Moon runs at Southwell tomorrow. The only reason he is back over hurdles is that there are no suitable chases until the end of the month. We are trying him over further and with a tongue tie on so it will be interesting to see how he copes. Elkstone has been given a hefty hike by the handiapper after his win last week - up 10lbs !! Lets hope the handicapper is right and he is still improving!


Dyliev                                       Lady Master                           The Captain                           Captain Cargo   

Lady Master returned to the yard yesterday looking very well. She has summered with Richard Walker and he has done about six weeks work with her. 

I enjoyed a couple of days at Burghley Horse Trials. What a beautiful setting and aided by some lovely sunshine it was most enjoyable. I always enjoy time keeping on the x country - it is interesting to see the great variations of bits and bridles used and noting how fit the horses are and how they finish.           

29th August 2018

Elkstone wins again smileysmiley

Elkstone continued his run of good form by winning at Stratford last night. He was ridden by Robbie Dunne who came in as a late substitute for Sean Bowen who was sore from a fall schooling in the morning. Robbie had ridden him for us in his earlier wilder days and it was good to be able to repay him for his endeavors with a win. A great effort from all the team to produce him in such good form.

 Elkstone grazing and rolling in the paddock this morning 


25th August 2018


Mariners Moon (Tom) and McCabe Creek (Kyran)                                       Elkstone (Tom)       

Mariners Moon ran at Bangor on Monday 20th August in his first Novice Chase. James Bowen rode him as Sean was on holiday (a Ban!). We were very pleased with his jumping and he stayed on well at the finish so I think with experience under his belt he will be competetive in chases. He has settled so much better so we may run him over a bit further next time.

Elkstone is going to run at Stratford on Tuesday in a Novice Handicap Chase and McCabe Creek is likely to make the trip to Sedgefield on Thursday in a 2 mile Handicap Chase. They are both fresh and well and had a school last week (above photos). A busy week ahead as it is also Burghley Horse Trials this coming week and I shall be time keeping on Saturday for the cross country.

Global Domination has returned to the yard looking  very well and Lady Master is due back next week. The winter horses are doing plenty of steady cantering now to build them up and will be doing some jumping in the school next week.

15th August 2018

The horses are doing some steady canter work now and some work in the school.


      Carlo Rocks                Dyliev, County Road & Malapie            Edward Elgar



          Don't Tell The Wife                        6yr old by Getaway       The Captain, Dyliev & Early Retirement


        Mariners Moon (Tom)

Mariners Mooon has an entry in a Novice Handicap Chase at Bangor on Dee on Monday. Tom schooled him  yesterday on the grass and we were very pleased with his jumping. He will have another school at the end of the week and if we are happy we plan to run. It will be his first run over fences. 

10th August 2018

We had a day at Doncaster Sales on Wednesday. Gerald bought a lovely 3yr old by Great Pretender out of a Midnight Legend mare. He is a strong, free moving horse. He has returned to Jamie Goss to be broken in as he had produced him  for the sale and knows him well.

    Great Pretender 3yr old (with Jamie Goss) at the sales

6th August 2018

The National Hunt Horses have come back in from their Summer holidays.

It has been so hot and dry but the horses have done amazingly well and look in very good shape to begin their work for the Autumn.

We have Crosspark, Malapie, Mariners Moon, County Road, Troufion, Elkstone, Dyliev, McCabe Creek, The Captain, Early Retirement, Carlo Rocks, Captain Cargo,Edward Elgar and Dont Tell the Wife in work. Global Domination and Lady Master are pre training elsewhere and will be returnng shortly. 

   a peaceful morning for the horses at rest!

Elkstone - a Winner at last!smiley

Elkstone enjoying a pick of grass the day after his win at Market Rasen in July.

After enduring a very frustrating campaign we finally managed to get his head home in front under a great ride from Sean Bowen.  We have slightly altered his training regime and Kyran and Tom have managed to get him much more settled in his home work. He followed up with another great run back at Market Rasen on Sunday 5th August. Under a well timed run from Sean he did get his head in front up the run in only to be passed again on the run to the post. A thrilling time for his quartet of owners who have been very patient and endured more lows than highs!!!