News + Views

We’ll try our best to keep you posted with all the updates from the yard throughout the season. Our blogs will be short and sweet because who has time to write or read more than 140 characters these days. You can expect to see something new at least once a month - we promise!

Happy New Year 2021

January 2021

Happy New Year everyone. December was a hectic month so apologies for missing an update but we’re delighted with how the year finished off. We’ve had five winners for the season so far with Tyler putting in a gutsy performance to win again under Josh at Doncaster and Clondaw’s Answer ridden by Micheál Nolan winning for Mr Staddon at Exeter. Clondaw has been the most unlucky horse so it was very rewarding to finally see him win. The horses are in good health, so fingers crossed it continues.

The Kings Writ (Brian) ran at Kempton over the festive period, he ran respectfully but the track was possibly a bit sharp; it was a super competitive top class handicap and the handicapper has always had a stranglehold on Brian since he ran well finishing second multiple times last season. Lalor is progressing on his road to recovery but we are in no rush to make any firm plans for him. He will tell us when he is ready and has always been at his best on better ground in the warmer spring months. 

We have some lovely horses who will soon have their handicap marks and step into more suitable grade races. We also have a lot of young unraced horses who are waiting in the wings to see what will happen with Point to Pointing before deciding on their next moves. We like to educate our young horses on the Pointing field and in recent years it has become a more commercial selling route with 4yo point to point winners making decent money at the sales. Everything may look a little different for 2021 if pointing cannot continue in the current Covid climate but we’re fortunate to work so closely with Neil Mclean and have options.

We appreciate 2020 was tough, uncertain, anxious and so far 2021 isn’t looking any clearer but we have to stay positive that things will get better. We’re grateful for all “small things” the support we continually receive from friends, family, sponsors and of course we’re most grateful for our health. While it is such a cliche, life truly is a rollercoaster of highs and lows, there is nothing to do but hold tight and learn to embrace all of it because you don’t want to waste your time waiting for the ride to end. 

Lalor + The Kings Writ 

November 2020

The Kings Writ is back in work having undergone a successful wind operation. We’d never really seen or heard anything to suggest that he’d need an operation but we were sending a few to Ben Brain and wanted to be 100% sure. It was surprising what they found and we’re hopeful this will help him maintain (and possibly improve) his form this season. We hope to have him ready to run in December and plan to make use of his novice status over hurdles.


Lalor has unfortunately had a significant setback, he wasn’t his usual self in his work and we found he had an irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation) similar to Paisley Park, Denman and Sprinter Sacre. It seems to be more common in bigger horses who have big engines and therefore large hearts. We’re pleased the treatment has worked; thanks must go to Celia Marr in NMKT and her team who have done a fantastic job looking after him. It’s been an anxious time but we’re glad to have him home and we hope his recovery continues to progress as planned, all being well he will be back on track in 2021.

Blackmore Farm, Woolminstone, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8QP

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