Azure Mist has produced a colt foal by Bated Breath ....

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Another racecourse below standard

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

"Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should study people’s excuses."


TTMAB leading Gee Sixty Six

At least it’s dry this morning with no wind, but the forecast is for it to turn colder, and I mean a lot colder, towards the weekend and into next week. The wind direction will be coming from Siberia and ice and snow is forecast well into March, so don’t put your warm clothes away yet. I am sure the bulbs, which have been pushing their leaves up through the ground, will be taking a pull until the warmer weather arrives. We have the same number of staff in this morning with only the one non-runner through illness and we have got on really well cantering on the polytracks on Racecourse Side. I know I keep saying it but I think we have got a lot of really nice horses and all they need to do is stay healthy and for me to place them right for us to have a good year.

Colt by Bated Breath ex Azure Mist

We had another new foal last night. Azure Mist started showing signs at lunchtime yesterday and at around 8.45 last night she finally produced a colt foal by Bated Breath. A good dark strong foal with a bit of white on his face, he was soon up and sucking and both mother and son are doing well. Our stud groom, David, is a most brilliant foaler and deserves all the praise we can give him. That is now three on the ground, but we should have quite a few more in the next week or so.

     20_Ness     23_Breeze
(L) Ness of Brodgar and (R) Astrobreeze

I commented on Monday on the cleanliness of the sampling boxes at Ascot and how it hadn’t been mucked out, well in the Dikler piece of the Racing Post today, it looks like Towcester is not far behind. On arrival at the track a certain lucky box was asked for by the stable employee, but when having a look in box 85, they discovered it had not been mucked out and there was still feed stuff on the floor. I just don’t know what is going on and until the authorities gets to grip with this situation, there can be no responsibility for the trainer when unlawful substances are found. All racecourses must have an inspection and disinfection policy for their stable yards, but I am sure this is not the case. We in England are supposed to be the best in the world and compared with most countries we are, but with so much racing we cannot afford to drop our standards.


When will the rain end

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."

Emile Zola.

A really wet morning

It is another very wet morning and looks like it is going to continue like it for most of the day. I thought the forecast was for it to get drier, but somewhere along the line I must have got that wrong. We only have one non-runner this morning, which is a bit better. With very few runners this week it makes it easier for everybody as when you have runners you send staff away and then it puts pressure on the ones that are left behind. Two good canters close to home has been the exercise and all has gone well.


Everything is starting to crank up a gear now in Newmarket with the grass canters and gallops beginning to open, although with the very wet weather I think the majority of the horses have kept to the artificials. It is certainly very busy on the Bury Road side of town with the famous Warren Hill taking the majority of the horses. Over on our side the numbers have increased as new trainers have moved in. This puts more pressure on the canters and we have had a couple of meetings with the heath foreman to arrange more tractor passes on the all-weather canters. It is amazing how Newmarket has expanded and developed over the last 30 years and is still doing so. There is an undoubted demand for an all-weather track to be built here and the sooner the better from everybody’s point of view. It would certainly help with owners costs and would be a tremendous help to the stable staff. It’s a no brainer and let’s hope the people who are responsible for making the decision understand this.

     02_Faye     03_Mariusz

The yard people are working well

The mares at the stud are still hanging on with two well overdue now. I was sure they were going to foal this weekend as they can’t hold on too much longer. We have got them under 24 hour watch as they can foal at any time, day or night, and especially the maiden mares that you have no idea of their foaling patterns.


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