It was good to be back at Cheltenham for the new season with their Showcase Meeting on Friday and Saturday. We had a number of runners that performed with credit without quite getting their heads in front. Swing Bill (2nd in the handicap chase), Raslan and Battle Group (3rd & 4th in the handicap hurdle) all ran well to reach the frame.

On Sunday Woodlark Island scored his first chase success at Kempton with a well deserved and battling ¾ length victory over Cortinas. He showed a really willing attitude and has been a star for connections. Incidentally, it was the first time that that both William and Robert who form the Eminence Grise Partnership have both been to the races together in five years! They had quite a few guests with them and I believe the celebrations went on well into the night. If this is the result when they go racing together, I am going to have to arrange for it too happen a little more often!



Above: Racing Post photographer Ed Whittaker gets in among the action on the gallops

Welcome to my second update to  I hope that you like what you have seen of the website so far, and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write to us with your thoughts - I am pleased to say that the feedback seems to be resoundingly positive, as was the Racing Post review of the site on Sunday.

Talking of the Racing Post, we have had a few visits from their personnel recently - firstly, we were joined by their award-winning photographer Ed Whittaker...I have never seen anyone get so up-close and personal with their work (see the picture above if you don't believe me)!  I am of course only joking, Ed wasn't lying in the middle of the gallops with the horses running either side of him, this was a picture we "photoshopped" and presented to him on the day. 

Ben Newton has also been down with his huge binoculars (I think they are called "bins" as they are probably the same size as a couple of household dustbins) to conduct his annual stable tour which should be appearing in the Racing Post shortly.  Lucy joined him with her video camera, and hopefully we will be able to bring you the video tour in our media vault soon.

The National Hunt season stepped up a gear last weekend, and consequently the media interest in the yard has also stepped up a notch.  My weekly column with the Daily Mirror will begin again this weekend, so doubtless I will be speaking with that legendary wordsmith and literary laureate Dave Mitchell in the next few days with all the latest news from Pond House - you have been warned!

On the racing front we have had a few near misses over the last few days, with Armenian Boy, Jazz Age, Dynaste and Woodlark Island all running creditably to reach the frame without actually getting their heads in front.  Hopefully that will all change soon, and I am looking forward to the return of racing at Cheltenham this weekend for their "Showcase Meeting".

Finally, we are always pleased to hear how our old inmates are doing in their retirement, and I was delighted to learn that Fast Mix had made it through to the final twelve at the Horse of the Year show in the retraining of racehorses class.  I saw him at the Honiton show earlier in the year and he looked magnificent - he is a credit to his connections and it is good to see him enjoying life after racing.


Hello and welcome to my new and improved website

With the jumps season stepping up a gear, I felt it was the right time for a revamp and I hope that you will like the result. You will find the new layout not only to be more aesthetically pleasing, but easier to navigate and full of even more information about our operation than ever before, be it for the avid racing fanatic or the more casual onlooker alike.