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A glorious start

A glorious start to the month.We had a bad go at Cartmel yesterday where we lost one of our stable stars, Flowery.  The horses become part of your family so it’s a bitter pill to swallow.  On a positive note, Ailie Tullie had a...
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End of another week

So we’ve reached the end of another week and quite a successful one at that.  We had a minor disaster at Carlisle yesterday whereby JOYOUS DAYS bolted down to the start so her race was run. I vented my frustrations with The Stewards as...
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A fantastic day

We had a fantastic day at Hamilton yesterday. TRICORN won the 3.10pm under Andrew Mullen making it two on the bounce for us. Max got to lead up his pride and joy. You can see by his face this meant a lot. He puts...
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Real sense of euphoria

There’s a real sense of euphoria in the yard this morning, even though it’s pouring! Everyone was in early.   Yesterday was a memorable day for us.  A double! A long awaited winner after a very quiet spell on the cold list and we had...
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Morning and welcome

Morning and welcome to another week at IJR. While things aren’t really going my way at the moment, I’m working harder than ever.  My name is down for 5 lots today and I won’t miss a stride a horse takes on the woodchip.  As...
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A testing week

This week has been a testing week made a bit easier by a much welcomed winner in the form of TRICORN at Ayr on Wednesday.  It’s taken me a while to get to know him but on Wednesday he finally showed his force of...
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A tough day at the office yesterday

I should have been watching what I believe to be a progressive 2yo make his racecourse debut at Redcar while keeping an eye on the 3 Carlisle runners via the tv and regular contact with my team.  The bookies and the Racing Post had...
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A sunny start

A sunny start and already 8 degrees warmer than this time last week! All horses have come out of Catterick well.  EQUIDAE never runs a bad race.  Apprentice races are tricky as you never know how they are going to work out. Shannon did...
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Ground frost this morning!

We have a ground frost this morning! Beautiful views across the Solway to snow covered hills but it’s cold! LORD CONDI delivered another fine effort at Kelso yesterday to finish 2nd. It’s a while since I’ve had Brian Hughes on top. He gave him an...
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Smart Lass

Delighted with Smart Lass’ efforts at Musselburgh on Thursday. Still no winner but a great run for 2nd behind a very useful horse. Voix Du Reve tried his wee heart out in the fast paced 2m chase at Punchestown. All is well with him...
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