It was definitely a weekend of two halves. On Saturday we hit the crossbar with two of our three runners at Horseheath and were arguably unlucky not to get a winner. Sharp Suit ran in the Ladies Open and was odds-on to win, although I never thought it was as clear-cut as that. The second favourite was running at his […]

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to win at Towcester with Mighty Mambo, especially as it nearly didn’t happen. Having walked the course before racing with Richard Farquhar, the intrepid fundraiser who is undertaking a 2,750-mile trek to and from Britain’s 60 racecourses, I discovered that the ground was a lot wetter than I had anticipated, all […]

We went to Newbury in the end with Harbour Court last Friday and he didn’t let us down, finishing fourth behind Twirling Magnet. He was only beaten a shade over seven lengths and we had to give the winner 7lb despite being rated 18lb inferior to him! His jumping, although occasionally deliberate, was all right and he ran a positive […]

I was on duty Monday afternoon at Towcester to watch Mighty Mambo run in a two-mile handicap hurdle and I’m delighted to report that he won at 8-1. It was never in much doubt either. He was always on the pace, his jumping was neat and accurate, and once David Bass sent him on he was never going to get […]

So it wasn’t to be for Joe and Consigliere, but to finish 11th of 24 was no mean achievement. I think the ground and the morning rain just took things away from us slightly, and his stamina just ebbed away in the closing stages. It was a brilliant performance from On The Fringe to win, and interestingly, the second horse, […]

It’s a hard old game being a National Hunt trainer so it really does you good when a story like Coneygree’s Gold Cup win actually happens. I’ve known Mark and Sara Bradstock, pictured below, for longer than I care to remember. Joe went to school with Mark’s son, Alfie, and they are a lovely couple. We couldn’t have been happier […]

There’s a lot to get through this week but I don’t mind, it’s lovely to be able to tell readers about the five point-to-point winners we enjoyed at the weekend. Let’s start at Kingston Blount on Saturday where we had three winners and a second from five runners. Start Royal got the ball rolling for Georgina Andrews in the Ladies […]

I promised in my last column that we would have runners this week and I haven’t let you down! We even had one as early as Monday when Billy Twyford went to Stratford to take part in a 0-125 handicap chase over 2m 7f. Unfortunately he made a couple of mistakes during the race which made life difficult for him. […]

I had only two runners at the weekend but it is very much the calm before the storm as things really kick off in the next couple of weeks. This Saturday we have the first of what I would call our home fixtures with Kingston Blount’s annual pre-Cheltenham fixture. We always aim to have as strong a squad as possible […]

It was St Davids Day on Sunday, meaning that March is here and I am delighted. Longer evenings, more daylight and hopefully a change in the going will all help enormously. We were quiet last week largely due to the ground, we are very quiet this week, again because of the ground, but maybe next week we can start our […]