The 2019/2020 has been a frustrating one for us at the Old Manor Stables. The winter months were pleasant for ducks and big strong racehorses who can perform on bottomless ground but an absolute nightmare for the rest of us. We have always managed to get our horses to outperform their purchase prices by buying […]
Having very much enjoyed revisiting the point to point world with Carruthers at the end of his illustrious career, we decided that there was a definite place for separating a part of the back yard to dedicate to pointing. Since then we have had great success with Southfield Theatre. He has won no less than […]
We finished an up and down 2018 with a fine run from our stable star Coneygree in the King George. He jumped and travelled with an enthusiasm that was a pleasure to see and Sean (Bowen) said that, although he had been done for a turn of foot turning out of the back straight, he […]
Coneygree has given us one of the great rollercoaster rides of highs and lows during his career. From the Gold Cup win on that fabulous day in 2015 to nail biting hours waiting for him to come through surgery, we’ve had it all, and this season has been no different.
The ride on the Coneygree rollercoaster continues and we were all delighted that he had responded dramatically well to his most recent wind operation. However, returning from one of the best pieces of work that he has done since he won the Gold Cup, we found he was lame. This was desperately disappointing but his […]
Coneygree, or Max as he is known at home, proved at Punchestown in April 2017 that he is still, despite his advancing years and fractures in three legs, arguably the best staying chaser in Britain and Ireland. With everything against him, he approached the second last going much better than Sizing John and Djakadam. Then […]
Recently, Mark and I took a trip to the Goffs Land Rover Sale in Naas in search of some new superstars! We were thrilled to come away with a number of horses that we already have extremely high hopes for. An athletic chestnut by Hurricane Run Buoyed with enthusiasm from the magnificent comeback run of […]
Last December’s news that Max (Coneygree) had sustained a stress fracture to his near fore, which was the only leg that had not given us any problems previously, was devastating when we were all looking forward to a good run in the King George. As always, he was not lame for long, but my worst […]