Support Team

Paul McIvor

Race Planner And Handicapper

An ex-Timeform employee, Paul joined us in the summer of 2017 and has since taken on the responsibility of race planning whilst also acting as our private handicapper, compiling analysis on individual horses both before and after races. A keen sportsman, Paul played cricket to a high standard once upon a time, spending a winter in Australia and touring Sri Lanka with Loughborough University. Nowadays he sticks to football, playing alongside his brother on a Sunday morning, something that allows him to watch the racing on a Saturday afternoon!   

Dr Eugenio Cillan-Garcia

Consultant Vet

Spanish born Eugenio is our veterinary consultant attending the yard regularly to monitor each horse. He has plenty of experience with racehorses having worked with Liam Kearns at the Three Counties Equine Hospital. Eugenio is based at the Royal 'Dick' School of Veterinary Studies where he lectures on equine surgery, with special interests in equine arthroscopy and podiatry. Under his guidance we have access to many items of specialist equipment including an overground scope, gastroscope, exercise ecg, digital x ray, MRI scan, and the experienced specialist surgeons at RDSVS in Edinburgh. 

Steve Cottam

Part Time Driver

Steve helps with lorry driving on long trips to the races. He is our Transport Manager for our operators license, monitoring the maintenance records of each lorry, keeping the drivers tachograph records and making sure that we meet all of the driving laws and regulations. Steve is kept very active when not at the yard as he is a dedicated foster carer. 

Dr Susie Armstrong M.Sci BVMS MRCVS


It is so good to have Susie on the yard part time as she was one of my greatest friends when I was eventing. A native of Lanark Susie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the yard having been a vet at Coolmore, Ireland and then in Australia where she worked in a university referral hospital. She now splits her time between equine practice and research at the Royal Dick School Of Veterinary Studies. Susie comes in once a week to run diagnostic tests on the horses and to keep an eye on the herd health. With a special interest in parasitology, she has improved a number of our new inmates and is always helping us up the standard of care.