Monday 13th November

On Saturday we jumped a few round the farm over logs and tyres. Some of Gerald's point to pointers and a few National Hunt horses........

        

Thetalkinghorse - Ellie                              Easythingsarebest  -  John Russell                  Edward Elgar  -  Jess

       

Galway Jack -  Tom                                    Lady Master - Nia                                    McCoy  --  Tom

        

Perfectly Willing  -  Joanna                        Gunmoney   -   John                               Midnight Cheers  -  Joanna

Schooling over fences ............

           

Global Dream (Philip) and Robin of Locksley (Tom)                   I Wonder Why  (Tom) and Global Domination (Joanna)

Tomorrow I run Mariners Moon at Huntingdon. We are trying him over 21/2 miles to see if he stays as he fails to quicken at the end of 2 miles. 

I have made entries for Robin of Locksley, Dyliev, Global Domination, Global Dream and Early Retirement at the weekend.

On Saturday evening Gerald and I went to the Annual Point to Point Awards Dinner to celebrate the success of all the Champions from last season. A great do and fun to catch up with our many friends from the point to point world. Luke Harvey was host for the evening and was both interesting and entertaining. Richard Russell was given a painting to thank him for all the time and efforts he has given to the sport as he has recently retired from the point to point board. Very much deserved. The new point to point season begins next Sunday and we wish all participants the very best of luck for a happy and successful year. Gerald may have his 1st runner at Cottenham with I Wonder Why on 3rd December.  

Saturday 11th November

A busy week just flown by!  Last week we ran McCabe Creek (Tom) at Fakenham. He had gone up in the handicap and it was very competetive. Tom was unable to get a breather into him and then he made a few mistakes. He has come back fine and is now out in the field having a break as he prefers good ground.

This week started with Gorran Haven (Sean Bowen) at Southwell on Monday. He was having his first run after some attention to his wind and he seemed to lack confidence with his jumping. Hopefully now his breathing is improved his performance will improve as well. He stayed on to finish 4th.

On Wednesday Malapie (Sean) ran at Chepstow in a 0-125 handicap hurdle. He finished a good 4th staying on all the way to the line. We were delighted with his run as the first two both had the advantage of a previous outing. 

On Thursday Crosspark (Richard Johnson) went to Newbury and Elkstone (Sean Bowen) ran at Market Rasen

I was really pleased with Crosspark. He finished a very respectable 4th in a competive 0-135 handicap chase carrying top weight. He jumped and travelled very well for the champion jockey and will prefer the ground a bit softer. A great first run of the season.

Elkstone (Sean Bowen) ran a great race to finish 2nd. We have tweaked a few things with him after his holiday and he was a bit more relaxed than he has been in the past and his jumping was very good. I am sincerely hoping the handicapper is kind to him as he is still a maiden after 20 starts! 

Friday 27th October

Another week flown by and another WINNER !  Delighted with Early Retirement (Sean Bowen) winning at Southwell yesterday. It was his first run back after his Summer holidays and he had gone up 12lbs in the handicap so I was thrilled to see the improvement in him. Running in a much higher grade than before he was a bit rusty early on but when Sean sharpened him up his jumping improved and he stayed on really well to win by 4 lengths.

Mariners Moon ran in a 2 mile handicap hurdle and was given a good ride by James Bowen - his first ride for us. He finished a respectable 5th and probably needs to drop back to a 0-100 and maybe try over a bit further. He jumped very well.

                                 

John and Annie Strowbridge collecting their prize                Keeping good company in the Southwell points table!!!

A beautiful morning for a few photos of the activities this morning

        

County Road - Jess                     Elkstone - Joanna                      I Wonder Why - Tom             Seamusjay - Leah

     

Gorran Haven - Tom                                McCabe Creek - Tom                               Dyliev - Joanna

    

Malapie - Jess                                             Spring Cover - Serena                        McCoy -Tom    

Not such good weather on Monday for schooling but a few photos :

     

Crosspark - Tom                       Global Domination (Joanna) & Global Dream (Tom)    Lady Master (Philip Armson)

 Next week McCabe Creek runs at Fakenham on Wednesday. Crosspark has an entry at Stratford on Thursday but would like some rain. Most of the others would also like some softer ground so we will have to be patient until it rains. A great credit to the team that they are running fit and well first time out.

Friday 20th October

A busy couple of weeks putting plenty of work into the winter horses and pleased

to see some rain to help ease the ground again. Only a couple of runners since last update. 

Reckless Behavior (Harry Skelton) ran in a 3 mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon on Tuesday. He jumped well and finished 4th to some well handicapped horses. He is going to have a small break now as he has been on the go through the Summer. We have been very pleased with his progress and he will continue to improve and will be interesting to see how he handles softer ground.

We were all delighted with Robin of Locksley at Uttoxeter yesterday. He ran in a very competetive Novice Handicap Chase for his first try over fences. Tom Scudamore gave him a lovely front running ride and he jumped really well, only being passed going to the last to finish an excellent 2nd. A great tribute to all the hard work Tom has put into getting him settled and jumping so well and to Tomma Spilman our chiroprator who has given him a lot of treatment to improve his movement and flexibilty. Well done all the team.

A few more photos but miserable weather not a great help!

                                         

Dyliev (Tom) with Early Retirement (Joanna)                                             Global Dream (Tom)

                                     

Mr McCoy (Tom) learning his trade!                                        Seamusjay (Ellie) was lead horse!

       

Thetalkinghorse (Abbie), Galway Jack (Joanna) and 4yr old Teeton Sunshine (Tom) having a trot in the school. They have only been in work for a couple of weeks and were having a change from doing roadwork - much to their delight!

I am hopng to get all the National Hunt horses schooled on the grass next week. Mariners Moon and Early Retirement have entries at Southwell on Thursday. Global Dream, Global Domination, County Road, Crosspark, Gorran Haven, McCabe Creek, Elkstone, Lady Master, Malapie and Dyliev are all progressing really well and will be out in the near furture. Dig Deeper and Edward Elgar will be coming back to us shortly having been pre trained with Stuart Morris and Richard Walker.

Family birthdays this week!  The boys were 19 on Wednesday - how the years fly by!  Mum has her birthday tomorrow (Saturday) - better not mention the age but well over 80!  She has just returned from a lovely weeks holiday in Corfu with her great friend Trish Rice.  Happy Birthday all.             . 

Friday 6th October

WINNER ! Yesterday McCabe Creek won at Huntingdon ridden by Tom. He has run well all Summer without getting his head in front and Tom and I decid!ed it was time for some cheekpieces to see if they would encourage him to keep his head in front. Tom gave him a great ride from the front and his jumping was very good. He kicked on turning in and won by 6 lengths. A first win for Tom riding against professionals, so a brilliant success for everyone, includig his owners Ian and Kim who have stuck with him after a few disappointments.

 A very happy Tom and Abi coming back to the winners enclosure

On Tuesday we ran Gold Ingot and Reckless Behaviour at Southwell, both ridden by Sean Bowen. Gold Ingot ran a good race to finish 5th, just failing to get home over 3 miles. Reckless Behaviour continues to improve and jumped the brush hurdles really well. He finished 2nd , beaten by a well handicapped horse. He is still progressive and takes his racing really well.

                       

Reckless after finishing 2nd                                                       Reckless Owners!!!

The winter horses are doing plenty of work now both on the all weather and the grass gallops. They are about two weeks off being ready to run. The schooling has been going well and we are happy with their progress. A few photos of some of the action this week :

                               

Robin of Locksley (Tom) enjoys jumping fences                              Malapie (Philip Armson) happy to be schooling again

                               

Crosspark (Tom)                                                                               Elkstone (Joanna)

                                 

Gloabl Domination (Abi)                                                                      Lady Master (Serena)

                                

Dyliev (Joanna)                                                                                  5yr old unnamed Getaway (Jess)

                              

I Wonder Why (Tom)                                                                         Mr McCoy (Tom)

A few of the point to pointers have come back into work - I Wonder Why is fairly forward and will run early and the rest will be ready to run after Christmas. Gunmoney, Easythingsarebest and Spring Cover are doing some roadwork. Galway Jack and Thetalkinghorse returned from their holidays in Yorkshire this week. 

Last Saturday Gerald and I joined in the celebrations at John Russells wedding. We had a wonderful day and wish John and Georgie all the very best for their future together.

 

Thursday 14th September

A busy few days since the last update. We have had five runners in the past 5 days and all bar one have been placed. Just missing an elusive winner! Reckless Behaviour (Sean Bowen) and Dealing River( Sean) ran at Stratford on Saturday. Dealing River came into the paddock in a torrential thunderstorm and decided that at his age he shouldnt be having to take part at the races. He definitely needs the sun on his back these days! I was delighted with Reckless who is improving with every run. He is settling better and his jumping is very good. He stayed on well to finish a very promising 2nd. 

      McCabe Creek (Tom) and Gold Ingot (Joanna) schooling on Monday

   County Road (Jess) over the hurdles on Monday

McCabe Creek (Tom) ran at Worcester on Tuesday in a 2mile Novice Chase. He travelled and jumped really well throughout and just got run out of it up the long run in to finish 2nd. It was frustrating to be beaten by a horse rated much lower than him and i am hoping the handicapper has taken note. In my humble opinion he still has a mark too high for him!

Gold Ingot and Mariners Moon, both ridden by Sean, ran at Uttoxeter yesterday. Gold Ingot ran a much better race on the slightly softer ground and finished 3rd. Hopefully he will find another race he can win in the near future.  Mariners Moon settled much better and his jumping was great. He finished 4th on ground which became a bit too soft for him after the heavy showers during the day. I am planning to school him over fences shortly and if he jumps well that may be where he will be heading next. He is a big scopey horse and I will be surprised if he doesn't take to chasing.

A busy day jumping a few this morning

                       

Robin of Locksley (Tom) having his first school over fences. He may go straight Novice chasing this season if he continues to jump like this!

                   

Troufion (Joanna) having his first school over the fences this season. I am not sure who enjoyed it more - horse or rider!!

Grid work in the school today

                           

County Road (Jess)                                                        Crosspark (Tom)

                        

Early Retirement (Joanna)                                          Gorran Haven (Serena)

Global Dream and Global Domination came back into training on Monday. They have come back from the Carsbergs having been doing some pre training. 

An exciting time of year with plenty to work on and interesting to see the horses progressing in training.

No runners for a couple of weeks now as the Summer jumpers have all run this week and the winter horses won't be ready for another few weeks.

On Saturday Gerald and I are taking Robert up to begin his next chapter of education at Liverpool University. I am sure he has interesting and challenging times ahead but will no doubt have a great time when he has settled in. Good luck for the next three years Robert!  Michael has refrained from further education and is working very hard learning all about farming. He is mixing time with Gerald (Dairy) and Toby (Arable) at the moment and is planning to travel on a working holiday when he has gained more experience. 

 

Monday 4th September

Since the last update we have been getting plenty of canter work in to the Nattional Hunt horses with the plan to have them ready to run in October. Today we moved the hurdles and fences onto fresh ground  so as soon as there is enough give in the ground we will be schooling on the grass. 

                     

David guiding Ian into position with the hurdles                 David, Toby and Ian sorting the wings out!

Yesterday we ran Mariners Moon (Sean Bowen) at Worcester. We have spent a lot of time getting him to settle in his work at home and running him with a hood on is certainly helping him. He made the running and jumped very well over the brush hurdles and only got headed after the second last. He was run out of 3rd close home and finished 5th. I think we are going to go back to dropping him in to try and get him to finish better - maybe he only just gets 2 miles. He will jump fences in time so that is another option to look at.

     Mariners Moon looking good in the paddock - well turned out by Jess.

I spent an interesting day time keeping at Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday - something I have done for many years! It is always very interesting to see how the horses cope with the course and all the different types and sizes who compete. It was wonderful to see so many Britsh riders at the top of the leaderboard. A great result for our Veterinary Hospital team who look after both Oliver Townend and Piggy French' s horses. They finished 1st and 2nd for those of you who don't follow eventing! Piggy has her yard In Maidwell which is very close to us and has at times used our all weather gallops - Many congratulations to her (Tomma Spilman our chiorpractor also treats her horses - great result all round!) .

Two  of Geralds point to pointers were ridden this morning. Gunmoney  has had to start walking as he had a lot of time off last winter with the punture wound to his tendon. He has certainly put on some middle aged spread which is going to take a bit of shifting!! I Know the feeling!!  We are very hopeful he will be back racing again after Christmas. Woolards Ash is an unraced 5yr old who had a few growing issues last season and also didn't get on the racecourse. He was very backward so we are getting on early with him as well. The other point to pointers will be out in the field for a bit longer.

     Woolards Ash - Tom      

The next runners are likely to be Dealing River (fences) and Reckless Behavior (hurdles) at Stratford on Saturday.

Finally congratulations to Jess and Joanna who both passed their theory drivng tests last week.  

 

Friday 25th August

Reckless Behavior and Dealing River both ran at Stratford yesterday.. We were very pleased with Reckless Behavior (Sean Bowen). He is still very green but when Sean sharpened him up after the 2nd last he stayed on well to pass tiring horses to finish 3rd. He will be a stayer in the long term and will keep improving with experience. Dealing River (Tom) ran well for a long way but received a hefty bump on the penultimate bend and seemed to lose his place after that. He is getting older and may need a return to fences where it all happens a bit slower. 

                 

Reckless looking well in the paddock - Best Turnout!      In 3rd spot

                  

Dealer and Reckless enjuoying themselves in the paddock in the sunshine this morning!

We jumped a few more in the school this morning - sun shining for a change!

                

County Road - Ellie                                            Early Retirement - Joanna

                      

Unnamed 5yr old by Getaway (Tom). We bought him as a 3yr old from Bryan Murphy in Ireland. He has been very backward and just kept growing! Therefore we have given him plenty of time to mature. He has a full brother who won a couple of bumpers last season so we hope our patience is rewarded and he proves as good!

Wednesday 23rd August

The horses who have returned from their holidays have been doing plenty of cantering this week and have been doing some jumping in the school.

                            

Being Global - Serena                                                   Early Retirement - Joanna

                                 

Mariners Moon - Tom                                                       Robin of Locksley - Tom

                               

Troufion  -  Abbie                                                             Semper Invictus (Pt to pt) - Jess

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Very dull gloomy weather yesterday and today on the gallops! Has Summer gone already?

Tomorrow we run Reckless Behavior and Dealing River at Stratford. Reckless was a bit disappointing on his first run for us but he ran very green and jumped very carefully. I am hoping he will have improved from that experience. Dealing River runs in an Amateur Riders hurdle and will give Tom his first ride over hurdles. He also should have improved from his first run of the season as he always carries plenty of condition and take a lot of getting fit.

                               

Dealer (Tom) and Reckless (Joanna) schooling yesterday before they run tomorrow 

 

 

 

Friday 18th August

We are Back!!  

The Summer is almost over and the horses have had their holidays and are all back in work.

We have only had a handful of runners during the last three months. They have been running well, with Gold Ingot winning and McCabe Creek, Mariners Moon and Elkstone all being placed. 

The staff have all been taking their holidays too!  The yard and stables have been power washed and painted!

In July we had a wonderful day for the wedding of Tom and Jess. The weather was kind and the marquee in the front paddock looked fantastic. A most memorable day was had by all and we wish the happy couple all the very best for the future. They have moved from the flat into one of the cottages at the end of the drive and it is now filled with all their lovely presents! I was a bit nervous when Tom told me Sam Davies Thomas and Joe Carden were to give the speeches but they did a great job without being too naughty!! Matthew (Puffer) and Tom were both excellent, mixing good humour with genuine thanks to all those involved in the day. There were numerous members of staff enjoying the day, both past and present, and it was great to see Maddy who has been extremely ill with meningitus. She is making good progress now and we are all hoping she will be back in the yard  in the near future. 

  The Happy Couple   -  Tom and Jess

 

Back to the serious business of racehorses!

Crosspark, Early Retirement, County Road, Troufion, Being Global, Gorran Haven, Malapie and  Robin of Locksley have all been back in work for a few weeks.I am very pleased with how they look after their break.

As mentioned previously Gold Ingot, McCabe Creek and Mariners Moon have been running recently and all will be running again in the next few weeks. Dealing River and Reckless Behaviour both ran at Worcester 3 weeks ago and just needed their runs. The grass has been too firm , so they had done all their preparation on the all weather. Both run at Stratford next week, Reckless in a Novice hurdle and Dealing River in an Amateur Riders (Tom) H'Cap hurdle. Dealer will revert to chases again but at the moment he is better handicapped over hurdles.

Elkstone is having a mini break to freshen him up. Dig Deeper, Global Dream,Global Domination, Lady Master, Edward Elgar, Xhale and Hatem are all doing their pre training at other yards before they come back to us.

We have bought a lovely 4yr old filly, Dyliev ,by Dylan Thomas. She has won three races on the flat in France. She has a lovely temperament and is currently learning to jump. If anyone is interested we have a quarter share available in her. 

                                            

Dyliev - a big scopy mare                                         Dyliev - Joanna                                       Dyliev - Tom

We are all looking forward to the Autumn and hope we can have healthy horses and lots of winners!

The trainer has been a bit quiet recently as she had some surgery on her shoulder 6 weeks ago. Thankfully it is going on well now and I am getting back into full work!