Latest News

France, Fatties And Flat Sales

Despite the reams of paperwork required, Scu and I journeyed to France last week for the Arqana Summer sale. We were interested in the collection of two and three year old stores and were delighted to buy two good looking and long striding geldings with top black type staying pedigrees.

Pictured is IDEM a three year old by Rail Link (Sire of Jim Goldies Northumberland Plate…


Racing Round Up

There were some mixed results from the meeting at Perth last Thursday with Gripper faring best of our five runners (Katalystic was a non-runner due to the ground), staying on late to take second in the 3m novices’ handicap hurdle. Although yet to win for the yard, Gripper has developed into a consistent sort in his grade, both on the Flat and over hurdles, and we hope he can get his head back in…


Perth Pointers

We have six runners at Perth tomorrow, kicking off with Petite Rhapsody in the opening maiden hurdle. Having run too keen when upped to this trip at Hexham last time, how he settles will be key to his chances, but we are hopeful he can finish in the first three or four.

 We are doubly represented in the 3m novices’ handicap hurdle with Flutter Down trying this trip for the first time on…


Missile Strikes

We were thrilled with the win of Red Missile at Musselburgh on Monday evening, Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan’s gelding showing great battling qualities as he prevailed by a neck under an enterprising ride from Shane Gray. The team at home have done a tremendous job with him, particularly Steven, Vicky, and our farriers Greg and Dougie, and it is great to see their hard work rewarded. Red Missile…


The Lull Before The Storm

A very quiet week in front of us as we have just a couple of flat runners as the team put the finishing touches to the yard, stables and facilities. On Friday a couple of dozen horses will have their shoes on and start their pre-training as we get set for the main jumps season. 

We have had a great summer so far; half the haylage is made and the grass gallops have been topped, railed, and…


Methodtothemadness Wins On A Day Of Devastation And Celebration

Just over twenty four hours after the elation of seeing Vino’s Choice bounce back to winning ways at Perth, we suffered the tragic loss of Ash Hill at Hexham. A highly promising individual, he was a horse we had big hopes for this season and it is a massive blow for the yard and in particular his owner Ronnie Bartlett. Ash Hill is pictured earlier this week with Derek. We also had the misfortune…


Vino's Choice Wins At Perth

Vinos Choice finally got his favoured conditions, good ground and a two mile chase, at Perth and won under a strong ride from Derek. Although not one of The Two Black Labs' leading lights, Vinos knows how to win and his strong finish up the home straight was impressive. There should be more opportunities for him in the future.

In the same race, Lucky Flight ran better than his finishing…


Weekend preview

After a quiet week, we have 10 runners spread across three tracks this weekend. First up, we make the short trip to Perth on Saturday where we have both Lucky Flight and Vino’s Choice taking their chance in the 2m handicap chase. A course and distance winner last summer, Lucky Flight needs to bounce back having been pulled up at Ayr with an irregular heartbeat, but with that seemingly a one-off,…


Saturday runners at Hexham

A relatively quiet weekend with just the three runners at Hexham tomorrow, the Northumberland venue one we are particularly keen to support given they do such a great job with their watering system, providing a safe surface for our horses to race on.

Rapid Raider is our runner in the opening handicap chase, dropping back to 2m after failing to get home over 2½m last Saturday. The quick turnaround…


Racing Review

Hexham has been a happy hunting ground for us over the past few years, and having won the award for top trainer at the track last season with seven winners, we recorded our second victory of the current campaign on Saturday when Speak of The Devil ran out a convincing winner of the 3m handicap chase. Bouncing off the good ground, Devil jumped superbly under a positive ride from Stephen to come home…