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Summer time ending, Lycetts Staff Champions and an replace from Kinneston – Kinneston

A fine late summer’s day.  Back on the bike this morning, therapeutic but only the 4th spin this year (disappointing, poor time management); off to see The National (again) this evening – 4th rock concert of the summer which along with two trips to the Opera represents much better time management.

It’s been a great summer, cold early on but July and August have been fabulous, wish everyone (the media?) would stop complaining about it not raining and being too hot though I suspect Scotland has had a better balance than the South (August 2nd wettest month of the year here at Kinneston though hasn’t felt like it).  Having a good time training the horses at the moment; I enjoy being able to focus on the horses development without the distractions of actually going racing, the intensity increases as the momentum builds.

Lots of Owners have been in recently and it is always a pleasure showing them the horses on the gallops and rabbiting on about what we are up to and plans for the season ahead

We now have 45 horses in work with another 4 arriving next week and one more to buy, so we are full but like every trainer there is always room for another!  A really nice bunch of horses, definitely our strongest team ever so we just need luck on our side, all being well we should be very busy on the racing front by late October.  We have lots of new Team members as well, we appear to have been very fortunate in being able to recruit really good people who are integrating well with our excellent Team, it’s fair to say we now have our strongest Team of staff to go with the horses.

That has been reflected in the Team winning two Lycetts Team Champions Awards this year including the valuable and prestigious Leadership Award – delighted and flattered to again be recognised nationally for our industry leading working practices, thank you to the NTF and Lycetts for staging these Awards and most of all to the Team here for embracing our goals.


Hierachy (Bruce) and Bluebell Glen (Mark) – two very promising 4yo fillies

Racing politics hasn’t had an easy summer and unfortunately I share NTF President Ralph Beckett’s deep scepticism (in today’s Racing Post) about anything meaningful emerging from the upcoming “Strategy Review”, it’s going to get messier and whilst I will continue to press for more prize money and a more compelling and engaging race programme I think we need to remember that we are lucky to have a fantastic sport to enjoy and ultimately that is what it is about – sport and hopefully having fun.

Danni not only rides very well but takes a lot of these photographs and bakes lovely cakes for the Team (she also works as a Financial Advisor three days per week)


We take great care in the repair and maintenance of our schooling grounds each year and annually use an “earthquake” machine to decompact and level the ground. It is perfect for schooling on now and the hurdles and fences will go out in the next 10 days.


I was lucky enough to be at York for Frankel’s Juddmonte win ten years ago and a privilige to be there again this year for Baaeed, sometimes this sport can literally take your breathe away – and it is all down to the horses.


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