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A Dullingham Park home bred winner

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

"A relationship becomes easier when you realise that you don’t have to be the one at fault to be the one who’s sorry."

Robert Brault.

Astrowolf (Jessica)

It’s much colder this morning and we have got the heaters on in the hut for the first time this year. We have also had some good showers of heavy rain and it is very dull all over. We went cantering on Bury Side once again, where we have been having a good exercise and a walk back through the cobs home. Everybody is in good spirits after yesterday’s winner, especially the girl who looks after her and has been living up to the filly’s name.

Topaling (Abbie)

It was great to have another Dullingham Park home bred winner and the filly did it well. Green early, she took a time to know what was expected but was very brave in the end and won quite well. She is starting to go in her coat now and we will have to see whether we have another go or not this year. There are a couple of options later on in the month. She is from Angie’s fathers very good family, which goes back to Time Call and the Champs Elysees cross was perfect for the mare. Swilken showed he didn’t stay the mile but I was pleased with him yesterday as he behaved very well without any headgear and travelled well for a long way. If we continue in this vein he will definitely win a race this year back over shorter trips.

Wallking home

The October sales got off to a sensible start yesterday without any major high prices. In fact it looked to me like it was only 5-6 real buyers and the market is getting very selective at this top level. There were many vendor buy backs that will be eligible for the big sales race, but with the high cost of the stallion nominations, it was very hard to get the figures they required. I say it every year that there must be a correction of the stallion nominations which continue to be very high, but as yet it doesn’t seem to happen. There are a few stallions that attract the top mares and I see Treve has been booked for Dubawi, but it is impossible to get into these stallions with a normal mare, even if you have the money. The average nomination fee for mid range stallions has to drop if we are to encourage people to invest in the industry, both on the racetrack and in the breeding shed.


A very wet and windy day

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

"For every day that there is sunshine, there will be days of rain,
it's how we dance within them both that shows our love and pain."
Joey Tolbert.

Star Commander (Reece)

It’s another wet and windy morning with really heavy showers, one minute it is absolutely throwing it down and blowing a gale and the next it is still. The temperature has dropped but it’s not really cold and you can still go out in just your small coat. There was a problem this morning on the A14 which meant Newmarket was full of traffic. I think it was the road works which had overrun and consequently it was impossible to get anywhere except on horseback. We kept close to home this morning with canters on Warren Hill.

Singing Hinnie (Ali)

We have two runners today both at Brighton. Smile That Smile makes her debut in the 3.50, the 1m maiden. I hope she will handle this softer ground as most of her family have done and she should run with credit. Swilken runs in the 4.20 the 1m handicap and we have left everything off him, eye shields etc. His only run on very soft ground was first time out, when he ran poorly, but I don’t think we have anything to lose today by having a go on it. We will have to hope he likes the switch back course.

Legal Art (Yaz)

It is the start of the sales season here at Newmarket today with October 1. We have three days of sales this week followed by a full week next week with October 2 and 3. Supposedly the better pedigrees are here this week. I am sure there will be some very high prices and it more than likely will continue over until the following week. It will be very interesting to see how the whole season goes, both Doncaster and Goffs were up on their average and medians and I suspect Newmarket will be as well.


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