Alianca had her first run for us, her first ever over hurdles, at Worcester on Tuesday. She’s very green and isn’t a natural jumper so will improve with more schooling at home. She hit a flight quite hard, which put her on the back foot before running on again. Nick was very positive about her and had no reservations about […]

We had an amazing day yesterday. Miss Mayfair won the handicap hurdle at Huntingdon by 16 lengths and Victoria had a fantastic debut under rules, guiding Royal Etiquette to finish a narrow second up at Ripon. To get to where she has in such a short space of time is quite remarkable. Nick Scholfield, who is a thorough professional, was […]

Take A Bow runs in a novice handicap chase at Southwell tomorrow (1:50). I wasn’t going to run him as I thought it would be too wet but they don’t seem to have had much rain there. The ground was good to firm on Tuesday but it’s eased a bit since then. Even so, we should find some decent ground […]

El Toreros ran much better at Fontwell last week. He didn’t really enjoy being held up last time so Aidan rode him promiently and he was much happier. When they came to him, I thought he’d be swallowed up and would finish fifth or sixth but he stuck his head out and ran on really well for third. His run […]

I was delighted to see Mighty Mambo win impressively at Wolverhampton last week. I know he won by far enough (!) but I thought Richard Kingscote gave him a cracking ride. He let him bowl along and gently settled him as opposed to ever taking a serious pull, which doesn’t really suit him. When he came past with a circuit […]

We set out to run Take A Bow at Uttoxeter yesterday but got an hour up the road before turning round. I did a lot of research into it with Charlie Moore, the clerk of the course, and at 11:30 he was walking the course in shirtsleeves but there was a downpour in the afternoon. He needs good ground and […]

The ground was very quick on the chase course at Market Rasen today, where Double Handful ran in the novice handicap chase. I thought he looked like he was outpaced but Nick said he just didn’t let himself down on the ground. This was shown by the fact he was bouncing around afterwards whereas he was very tired and a […]

Double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton has revealed she may never have taken up cycling had she become involved with horses at a younger age. Despite being a total novice in the saddle, the dual gold medal-winning 34-year-old announced in March she was training to become a jockey, with a long-term aim of competing in the Foxhunter Chase at next year’s […]

Miss Mayfair is declared in a 0-100 handicap hurdle at Southwell on Sunday. She’s not run for over a year due to injury but she’s done a lot of work, schooled well and in good form. Conor Shoemark rides. She’s got a little bit of a history with her not getting her head in front! If she were to do […]

Former Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton finished eighth on Mighty Mambo at Newbury on her first taste of racecourse action. The gold medal-winning 34-year-old announced in March she was training to become a jockey, with a long-term aim of competing in the Foxhunter Chase at next year’s Cheltenham Festival. Pendleton has undergone four months of intensive training under a team […]