His first two wins came with Aidan Coleman on for whom this was an emotional time as the Wyatt family who own Bertenbar had given him his first ride in this country. On the 3rd occasion Andrew Thornthon, who had won on him twice before, gained his 992nd winwhich gave us all great pleasure. This was a good team […]

Alan and Joe had been plotting for weeks and we worked out that if luck was on our side we could go through the card at Kimble. This would take an enormous slice of luck and also for the forecast rain to hold off. So when we woke on Easter Saturday to light drizzle we were note hopeful. This then […]

After a year’s planning and weeks of media scrutiny the Gold Cup and Foxhunters Day arrived. Victoria Pendleton, Alan, Paul, Yogi, Barry Orr and I had attended a media morning in London 10 days earlier to confirm/announce that Victoria would ride Pacha De Polder in the Fox Hunters at Cheltenham. We went in convoy to Cheltenham and Alice Plunkett had […]

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 […]

Harbour Court walked over in the Mens Open at Ampton on Sunday. It was very frustrating as we were desperate to use this race as a prep for Cheltenham. I could barely hold him on Monday morning! Rodney and Dad will decide what they want to do with him now. I’d imagine all options – starting with Higham a week […]

I was impressed that Broken Eagle managed to handle the ground when winning the Conditions race at Cottenham on Sunday. We always thought he was a quick ground horse but this gives us a lot more options. He jumped really well and quickened off a good gallop. He looks a proper horse and I couldn’t have been happier with him. […]

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 […]