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A Grey Day

Our two gorgeous greys shared more than just the colour of their coats yesterday when both finished 2nd in their respective races. True Romance headed to Musselburgh for the 2m, 0-120 handicap hurdle. He took a keen hold in the early stages under Henry but was jumping fluently despite his enthusiasm. He went on to […]

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LadsdoracingdoYork

Having survived Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, the Norman Conquest, Royalist turmoil, highwayman hangings, and by the late 1800s a chocolate boom…. the beautiful City of York braced itself for an invasion of an entirely different kind by the brilliant Ladsdoracing syndicate on Sunday night after Forewarning finished an incredible 2nd in a pulsating finish to the 2m 1/2f, 0-80 handicap at the racecourse earlier […]

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Super Sunday

Last Sunday (18/08) turned out to be one of those brilliant days in racing that stays long in the memory, when the yard achieved its first ever “across the card” double with both Kildaven Spider & Forewarning winning at Southwell & Pontefract respectively. Spider arrived in March from Ireland; the eight year old having been relatively […]

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Catterick Hat-trick

True Romance delivered his owner Kiel Ward a hat-trick of wins in just over two months yesterday when, following his success over hurdles at Southwell & two weeks ago on the flat at Musselburgh, the 5yr old son of Mastercraftsman positively cruised up in the 1m4f handicap at Catterick. Partnered once again by Graham Lee, the pair sat […]

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F’ayr’ground Fun For Piazon

Air was about all Piazon’s rivals saw when he annihilated the field of 11 in the 5f handicap sprint at Ayr yesterday on his preferred soft ground. Despite the burden of top weight, the eight year old jumped smartly out of the stalls and was sent straight on to lead by Nathan Evans. Having made all, […]

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It Mussel Be Love

True Romance had another day in the sun (both figuratively & literally speaking) when he delivered his, and the yard’s, first flat win on turf yesterday at a very hot summer’s day at Musselburgh! Having changed codes and experienced success over hurdles in his two most recent runs, and his last flat run coming back in […]

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Lads On Holiday

Although we’ve had a number of runners in recent weeks, some of the boys had packed their suitcases and departed the yard for their summer holidays. Even though our horses in training get turned out every day, when they are having a well earned break it does them good to go somewhere different away from […]

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Two Is A Magic Number

So the scientists say……and so it seemed in a weird alignment on Saturday 22 June when True Romance, wearing number 2, came 2nd on his second start over hurdles at Perth. Piazon, also on 22 June, came 2nd at Redcar (albeit wearing number 3 and thereby slightly spoiling the ‘two’ synergy…..) Forewarning then went to Pontefract […]

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True Romance Blossoms At Southwell

True Romance made his jumping debut today at Southwell in the 2m Novices’ Hurdle. Although facing just three other rivals, he was up against a very short priced favourite (1/16) who had recently posted two impressive wins over hurdles & was therefore running with a double penalty, although that was slightly negated by his regular jockey claiming 7lbs. […]

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Retirees looking for a new person to love them……

We have some lovely horses who have retired sound from racing and are now looking for a new home in which to enjoy their “second life”. All have been signed out of racing and are available “free” on a long term loan agreement as it’s important to us, and their respective owner, that we keep […]

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Middleham Open Day 2019

Despite having made a late & difficult decision not to officially open our yard yesterday due to unforeseen circumstances, the Middleham Open Day nonetheless turned out to be a great event. Superbly organised as ever by the Middleham based team from Racing Welfare, the glorious weather brought visitors from far & wide to the town. […]

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The Bow & Beag Ayr Show

What a Super Sunday yesterday turned out to be for Mervyn Buckley & the Brough Farm Racing Partnership, and everyone at the yard, when Fiddlers Bow and our own Emma Beag both won at Ayr! Fiddlers was making the return journey to Scotland following on from his win at the course 12 days ago. Ridden on this occasion by […]

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Floating on Ayr…..

….That’s what owners Mervyn Buckley and the Brough Farm Racing Partnership can currently be found doing after Fiddlers Bow ran out a comfortable winner of the 2m 1/2f, 0-120 Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Ayr today. Having his first run since a wind operation, Fiddlers was also trying a new trip over fences after previously running for us […]

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When Santa & his Elf diversified…..#LukeBell #AirAmbulance

Many of you will know the gratitude we have for the Air Ambulance when they saved Henry’s life following a serious fall at Hexham in October 2016. He fell from Old Storm at the second fence of a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase and racing was delayed by almost two hours as the course medical team worked […]

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A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Looks like Santa might be putting up a pound or two overweight on Boxing Day…..! We’d like to take the opportunity to wish all our owners, staff, and everyone who has supported us throughout 2018, a very happy Christmas. And to the horses who have run for us; some have won, some have been placed and some have […]

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(Pre) Christmas Crackers

Our two runners this week both returned to the respective scene of their last run/victory and whilst neither managed to win, both ran an absolute cracker of a race in defeat. Piazon went to Southwell on Thursday to contest the 0-65 handicap. Once again ridden by Nathan Evans, he was having a rare step up […]

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Copt Hill is a WINNER!!

Sometimes it’s possible to overthink a title, to try to be too clever or witty. So having spent sleepless hours going through variations of ….. “Kev Copts a Festive Toon” (Newcastle United supporters nickname of Toon Army – geddit??); or “Copty shows his rivals a Christmas Tail” (tale as in story, tail as in horse – hhmm?) ……just […]

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Enry Iggins points to a bright future

Whilst nothing we can claim credit for, we felt this one deserved a story nonetheless…..! Danny (Brooke) had an exciting day last Sunday (2nd Dec) with his first Point runner at The Haydon & Border Hunt’s opening meeting of the 18/19 Northern Area Point-to-Point season held at Hexham Racecourse. Enry Iggins, owned by The Golden Oldies Partnership, […]

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Body Warmers are the winning outfit at Southwell

The Body Warmers syndicate were in the winners enclosure today at Southwell with their lovely sprinter Piazon when he overhauled the favourite of the 5f Betway Handicap in the final furlong. In a field of 14 runners, Piazon was slightly hampered just after the start but then tracked the leaders, making headway two furlongs out. Under […]

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A Hazy recollection of Sedgefield

Hazy Manor could be forgiven for feeling a bit dazed & confused after her run in the 0-100, 2m1f handicap hurdle at Sedgefield yesterday. Under the burden of virtually top weight, and one of the youngest in the field of ten runners, Hazy once again put in her customary 100% effort. Settled well towards the rear […]

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Fiddlers Bow just outplayed by an Irish jig

It was the turn of Fiddlers Bow to head cross-border this week for the second of Perth Racecourse’s two day Glorious Finale Festival which concluded their racing for 2018. Dropping back in trip from his last outing at Cartmel, he was running in the 2m4f, 0-120 handicap chase with Henry (Brooke) once again doing the steering. Henry had Fiddlers held […]

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Globe Trots Up At Hexham

Globetrotter stayed slightly closer to home this week when he headed to Hexham for a Maiden Hurdle over two miles. Therein the similarity to his debut at Perth last month ended as, instead of facing four rivals as he did on that occasion, this time he lined up in a field of 15 which made […]

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Fresh beginnings…..

Barely Black Blackie sadly suffered a career ending injury at Uttoxeter in June when running a tremendous race to finish a close second (see News story 18/06/18) despite, as subsequently became apparent, suffering a fractured Sesamoid bone at some stage in the race. We hadn’t want to report on it until now as we weren’t sure which way […]

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Summer Nights at Sedgefield

Hazy Manor and Stags Leap had a night out last Wednesday at Sedgefield, with Henry taking the ride on both horses at the Teeside course’s evening meeting. Hazy ran for the Brough Farm Racing Partnership in the 0-100, 2m1f handicap hurdle, with three of the members (Phil, Caroline & Angela) there to support her. Off almost […]

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A sweet tune from Fiddlers Bow & Weapon chooses racing

Fiddlers Bow and Weapon Of Choice returned to the track at Cartmel yesterday to make their first appearance for the yard, and after a racing absence of 239 days & 321 days respectively. Field mates, and often work mates at home too, the pair travelled up well and seemed none too fazed on arrival by the […]

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Globetrotting Across The Border

We were pleased to support Perth’s sell-out summer meeting yesterday, with Henry riding all three of our runners on his return from injury and the owners all being present to support their horses. The boys (Short Flight, Globetrotter, Danny & Kev) left Middleham on Friday afternoon to make the long trip northwards, and it proved fortunate that they had chosen […]

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Rory Makes His A Double

Ruaraidh Hugh braved the searing temperatures yesterday and returned to Worcester to tackle a field of 15 in the 2m4f, 0-100 handicap hurdle under a penalty for his win there just 9 days ago. The course had thoughtfully warned in advance of the expected weather conditions and assistant trainer Danny was relieved on arrival, after a […]

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Short Flight flew & Stags Leap leapt

Well what a day at Cartmel……and how proud are we of these two superstar horses?! First up was Short Flight in the 2m6f, 0-100 handicap hurdle…. Under jockey Sean Quinlan, the 6 year old led the field of thirteen from flag fall setting a fairly searing pace which ensured a truly run race from the outset. Hurdling fluently, including […]

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Celebrating with sauce of the bubbly kind at Worcester

The champagne corks were popping last night at Worcester (metaphorically at least!) when Ruaraidh Hugh gave the yard its first win of the season (and his first for two years) and jockey John Kington rode out his claim as a result. Acquired by the Harbour Rose Partnership in January, this was by far Rory’s best performance […]

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A Pair Of Threes

Last Sunday saw us not joining the majority of the country in either watching the World Cup Final, the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon, or sunbathing on what was another scorching hot day, but instead going racing. To be fair one of the team started the afternoon sunbathing but more on that later…… Dear Dora delighted on her debut at […]

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When racing’s quiet & the ground’s rock hard…..

…….this is what we do! On the first day of the 2018 Great Yorkshire Show, Danny could be found leading up stock of a very different kind. Jointly owned by Danny & Henry, Jadore is a British Blue (currently in calf) and was being shown in the “cow in calf or with calf at foot” […]

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Racing “as you like it” at Stratford

Hazy Manor set off for Shakespeare country on Tuesday for her first run in the new ownership of our own Brough Farm Racing Partnership who have leased the horse for a year, escorted by Danny Brooke (Assistant Trainer) & Kev Traylor (Head Lad). In a field of ten for the Mares Novice Hurdle over 2m2f, and containing […]

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Blackie Barely Beaten

Barely Black ran her best race for the stable to date last Thursday at Uttoxeter in the 2m7f , 0-100 Mares Handicap Hurdle and was desperately unlucky not to bag her first win. Image by kind courtesy of www.nigelkirbyphotography.com Ridden by Henry Brooke for owner John Sagar, Blackie took a keen hold and raced with  […]

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The Clue Is In The Name

So a year on from his arrival in the yard, it appears we are learning what Copt Hill’s favoured conditions are. There needs to be at least 3 miles between the starter’s flag and the winning post, and a big HILL. Having run his best race up and down the undulations of Sedgefield in March, he then went […]

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More Madness wants to Point the way

The decision was made recently to retire our old friend More Madness after he gave us one or two hints that racing under rules wasn’t for him anymore. Given that he is sound and still very much retains his zest for work and life, it would be a waste of a very good horse not […]

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Trained to run…retrained for fun!

We were delighted to hear today that one of our retired racehorses, Sacre Malta, had won the Retraining Of Racehorses (“RoR”) Blueberry Events Winter Series Dressage Championship! Run by Lisa Marchant and sponsored by Chartered equine / human physio Faith Fisher-Atack of Equine Physio Services,  Sacre Malta was the runaway winner of his section. “Malty” was […]

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Asylo ends the season on a high

With just two days to go, we ended the 17/18 Jumps Season on a high thanks to a great win from Ayslo in the 2m Novice Hurdle at Perth last Thursday. On his first run for the yard after being sent to Brough Farm by owner Andrew Brooks last month, the 6 year old was settled […]

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Spa day in the Easter Monday snow

Despite Middleham being white over with snow on Easter Monday and thereby limiting the ability to safely exercise the horses, they put their time to good use enjoying a Spa Day! “These wellies are rubbish, they let in water!!” Hazy Manor, seen here modelling a very fetching pair of whirlpool boots, was a little alarmed when the […]

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Middleham Stables Open Day

We were absolutely delighted to welcome visitors to the yard as part of today’s Middleham Stables Open Day, and the sun even managed to shine in parts! Two lovely new horses arrived this evening as a result of meeting new owners (more news to follow) and we were pleased to have the opportunity of discussing our […]

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Pressure is for tyres…..

Pressure is for tyres, as Copt Hill was keen to explain to the chairman of his fan club / work rider Kev Traylor at Sedgefield on Friday when, following two disappointing performances from our other runners earlier in the day, it was all down to Copty in the last to uphold the yard honours. First up had […]

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