Our 2017/18 jumps season in facts and figures

Saturday marked the end of another long National Hunt season and in terms of winners, we’re really pleased to say that the 2017/18 campaign was our most successful since 1997/98! Paul and Jean Chapman’s Just Cameron tasted big race success at Wetherby We sent out a total of 46 winners – our fifth highest ever…

22 race maiden Eastlands Lad dies, aged nine

We were sad to learn over the weekend that Strategic Prince gelding Eastlands Lad, who was trained here at Oakwood Stables for the whole of his 22 race career, passed away last week at the age of nine. Eastlands Lad was named after the home ground of his owner John Wilson’s beloved Manchester City, the…

Big Thunder and Le Maitre Chat ready to roll at Ripon

Our two Saturday runners this week, Big Thunder and long absent yard debutant Le Maitre Chat, are all set to line up in the feature two mile handicap at Ripon tomorrow afternoon (3.30). Seven year old US bred Le Maitre Chat has arrived here at Oakwood via Clive Cox, Ian Williams and Jamie Osborne, while…

Perth rain in Cornerstone Lad’s favour

The heavy rain before racing at Perth today put paid to Late Date‘s chances of making it back to back wins in the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle, but the heavy ground will certainly suit our runner at the Scottish track tomorrow, Cornerstone Lad, who goes in the opening two mile novices’ hurdle at 1.50. Mary…

Wednesday Perth Date for Becks

Our title chasing amateur Becky Smith is off on the long trip to Perth tomorrow to ride County Set Six & Partner’s seven year old Late Date in the three mile Northern Lights Stayers’ Hurdle qualifier for amateur riders at 3.45. The Oscar gelding’s one win from his eleven starts under Rules came in this…

Sad loss of “total gentleman” Skywards Reward

We had one of our busiest days ever today as we sent out seventeen runners at three meetings, but only sixteen of those horses have come back to Middleham and we’re heartbroken that Skywards Reward‘s stable will be empty tonight. Skywards Reward, Jamie Hamilton and connections in the winner’s enclosure at Wetherby The Cheltenham Trail’s…

Top trainer award kicks off our day at Hexham

The boss was up at picturesque Hexham today to receive his trophy as top trainer at the Northumberland course for the 2017/18 season. A total of six winners, six runners up and four third places was enough to secure top spot, with the highlight being a November double courtesy of Wig Wam Wiggle and juvenile…

Jo’s Girl battles to Pontefract win

Ian and Joanne Earnshaw’s Jo’s Girl (8/1) got on top close home under P J McDonald to win the three year old mile handicap at Pontefract this afternoon, losing her maiden tag and giving us our first winner of the 2018 Flat season in the process. The Zebedee filly joined us late last year having…

More double trouble at Sedgefield

We chalked up another double at Sedgefield this evening. as Rockliffe (8/1) and the well backed Justforjames (13/8) landed the first two races on the card. R M & T’s Rockliffe had shown much improved form to gain his first hurdles success at Musselburgh in February, and with that race having worked out well, he…

Check out our Gemma on Luck On Sunday!

Our long serving assistant trainer Gemma Hogg was down in London yesterday to appear on Racing UK’s Luck On Sunday programme with stand in presenter Rishi Persad, alongside fellow guests, trainer Richard Spencer, punter Neil Channing and a large plate of chocolate biscuits. Gems was on the programme to discuss her ground breaking new book…

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