We are sending four to Cottenham on Saturday. Consigliere goes in the Open. I’ve just got back from a race planning meeting with Minty and he tells me Now Ben runs, so we’ll be trying to turn the tables with him. Andrew Barlow tells me Brackloon High definitely runs too so it’ll be a good little Open. I imagine they […]

There was a real tragedy at Higham on Sunday as we sadly lost Harbour Court. He was going really well at the head of affairs before breaking a hind leg on the flat. It puts everything into perspective. The ground was perfect for him and it was just one of those freak things. The horse has been an absolute pleasure […]

We’re going to run Man Of Steel in the Conditions race at Larkhill tomorrow. It’ll be his first run of the season but his form was franked last week with Kristian Gray winning at Ampton. Our hourse was fourth in this race last year but we’ve got to know him better since and we’re excited about running him. A few […]

Happy New Year. We plan to have five runners at Cottenham on Sunday. Broken Eagle goes to the opening conditions race. Lough Inch, who has won four at the track, will be a formidable opponent but we’ve looked through every race from every angle and cannot find a form line to cross reference a horse with him. We did actually […]

We ran two at Chaddesley Corbett on Monday and despite not having a winner, we came away relatively satisfied. We were desperate to get a run into Brians Well and as James Tudor has always felt he wanted soft ground, the conditions race looked like a suitable option. He ran well until three out where he made a mistake. He […]

We took three horses to Barbury Castle on Sunday and despite not leaving with a trophy, I was delighted with how each of them ran. Harbour Court was beaten by Ghizao in the Mens Open. We knew before the race Jack Barber (who had a treble) had Ghizao fit and we had to give him 7lbs, which was always going […]

Harbour Court definitely runs in the Mens Open at Barbury on Sunday. Joe rides him for the first time and he’s going to have his work cut out giving 7lbs for Ghizao, with Will Biddick up. He’s in good order but wouldn’t be fully wound up as I’m still thinking of March for him. The ground on Sunday will be […]

We rounded off the South Midlands area campaign with a double at Kingston Blount on Sunday with Harbour Court and Start Royal winning the Open races between them. Our tally of winners for the season now stands at 29, our best ever, and I’d like to make it 30 before the end of the national season in a few weeks. […]

By Jake Exelby Having had a share of a horse in training at Woodway Farm for the past three seasons, I’ve got to know Alan Hill, wife and professional trainer Lawney and their children Gaby and Joe – a leading point-to-point jockey – quite well. Indeed, when I first suggested a more formal interview for the Trainer Talk series, Alan […]

I’ve never trained a more honest, likeable horse in my life than Quinz. He’s what everybody dreams of. Andrew Cohen was very kind to send him to us after he’d lost his way under rules and hunting him has really got him going again. He won a Point-to-Point at Larkhill and built on that at Doncaster. I don’t care what […]