Miss Mayfair ran a very game race to finish second at Plumpton on Monday. Owners Rod and Collete Carmeichael and ‘Chutney’ Dave were there to see her in their colours for the first time. We all had lunch beforehand and for their first run as owners, she very nearly gave them a winner! They had a really good shout and […]

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 […]

Quinz started his season well at Sandown on Friday. Andrew, his owner, very kindly let us Point him last year to get his confidence back but he isn’t really interested in Point-to-Pointing so the plan is to try and win some prize money under rules. We originally planned to go for a race at Wincanton but the ground was heavy […]

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 […]

Quinz, a Cheltenham winner for us in April, makes his seasonal reappearance in an amateur riders’ handicap chase at Sandown tomorrow. Andrew, his owner, wanted him to have one last go this season under rules and see how he goes. The plan last season was all about getting his confidence back, which he did. We were going to run him […]

It’s a sad time in the yard as our Point-to-Point stable jockey, James Tudor, has decided to hang up his boots. I don’t know the exact number of winners James had ridden for us but I think it’s well over 100. It’s been a tremendous partnership for a number of years and despite living so far away, he’s been a […]

Right, a bit to catch up on! King Fontaine was fourth at Exeter in a three mile handicap chase. After going up in the weights, and was faced with a stiffer test than when winning at Plumpton. He didn’t appreciate being taken on for the lead but he ran on like anything up the run-in and must have made up […]

Dame Doris made her racecourse debut on Saturday in a bumper at Fontwell. She’s a little horse who belongs to our vet, Bob Baskerville. She’s quite a character, who had her quirks, but moves very nicely and has come a long way in a short time. She ran very green as we thought she would and Nick gave her a […]

Victoria Pendleton will be teaming up with Sedgemoor Express and According To Sarah during the fast-approaching Point-to-Point season as she continues to pursue her dream of riding at the Cheltenham Festival. The 35-year-old Olympic cycling star announced earlier this year that she was targeting a ride in the Foxhunters’ Chase at the Festival next March as part of her ‘Switching […]

King Fontaine won in fine style at Plumpton on Sunday, staying on strongly to win by seven lengths! When I saw Nick not pushing him on the final circuit, I knew he was feeling confident. He jumped brilliantly. We had done a lot of work on that, giving him confidence. I wanted to see the horse we had at home […]