Saturday March 17th

A brilliant Cheltenham Gold Cup to finish a brilliant week. ‘Poetic Rhythm’ tried his best as always but hated the ground from the drop of the tapes. He has come out of the race fine and there is another day for him. ‘Poetic Rhythm’ aka…Gorgeous George We congratulate Richard Johnson on an amazing Gold Cup. Richard Johnson led into the…

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Friday March 16th

The last day of the Festival looms and we are nearly at the racecourse. It’s an exciting day with ‘Poetic Rhythm’ running in the Albert Bartlett Novice hurdle. ‘Poetic Rhythm’ has done us all proud this year winning the Persian War at Chepstow and then Challow Hurdle at Newbury. This really would be the icing on the cake (how fitting…

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Thursday March 15th

Such a great day to have your birthday in the middle of Festival week. How lucky am I!!!?? Of corse I got a cake!!!!! We enjoyed a great day yesterday. ‘Lungarno Palace’ surprised us all and his huge racecourse experience showed as he surge clear of the field to win the Maiden Hurdle by 11 lengths under Alain. He jumped…

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Wednesday March 14th

A busy day today with 3 Cheltenham runners and 2 running at Huntingdon. Firstly I have to give huge credit to ‘Barney Dwan’ who did us all proud yesterday running a superb race on ground he didn’t like. He jumped impeccably and turning for home he still looked like he could challenge for the win but he just couldn’t quicken…

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Tuesday March 13th

An Exciting day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival!!!! We had a lot of visitors this morning to join the excitement in the yard and feel the buzz and anticipation amongst the staff. Fergal watching over the string. Today is forecast to be the best day of weather all week. The rain has not stopped for days and the clerk of…

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Saturday March 10th

An unbelievable day Friday!!! 2 fab Military results with me and ‘Ratify’ winning the Hurdle and max on ‘Winter Lion’ running a cracking race in the Grand Military to come 4th. So proud of the team at home for all the support and this wonderful horse for looking after me and digging in after the last to win. He is…

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Friday March 9th

A great morning at the yard. We didn’t school yesterday as Paddy couldn’t come in so he was in this morning to give the Cheltenham horses a pop. ‘Cap Soleil’ looked amazing this morning ridden by Paddy. Alain schooled ‘Minella Scamp’ ready for his race tomorrow at Hereford. We have 3 runners today at Sandown. I ride ‘Ratify’ in a…

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Wednesday March 7th

A beautiful morning in the Cotswolds. The warm sun was beating down which was a real treat from the weather we have been battling with over the winter. The excitement is growing in anticipation of next weeks Cheltenham Festival. We gave the horses running next week their last hard pieces of work in preparation. They will work again Saturday but…

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Monday March 5th

A testing week for the whole team last week. We were enjoying a quiet week preparing our Cheltenham team without many runners due to the freeze but Friday came and brought with it icy gale force winds and some of the worst snow drifts the country has seen in years. Half of our staff tried but couldn’t get into work…

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Monday February 26th

A sunny but very cold morning this morning. As soon as we defrosted the water troughs they were freezing back over within half an hour!!! Some pics from the morning. Paddy on ‘Cap Soleil’ leading Connor on ‘Jarveys Plate’. Lilly on ‘Out Of Style’. We schooled in the school as the grass was frozen solid. 3rd lot saw the yard…

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