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We have one runner today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 05 October 2017

"It is so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life."

Rita Rudner.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a very windy morning, with big gusts at frequent intervals. I got caught out in a massive rain storm at first lot, which meant finding a good tree to hide under. Everybody got absolutely soaked. We have been dodging the showers ever since but the horses have been getting a very good exercise. We have had two new starters this morning and two non-runners as well, so it has just balanced itself out, but at least both starters are very experienced and can ride anything, which is always a massive help. Our yard staff are up to scratch again so all in all not a bad morning, except for the rain. It is also forecast to get much colder this afternoon.


We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Astrofire makes her second appearance after her debut at Leicester, where she ran adequately. This looks a good contest with a Galileo, a Dubawi, a Kitten’s Joy, plus a Shamardal amongst the stallions in this race today. It will be hard for her to make an impression, but it will be another experience and we will learn a bit more again. How these maidens are so competitive is unbelievable.

Ness Of Brodgar

Our first yearling of the year arrived yesterday, one we bought from October 1. He is a big strong colt, by a top sire in Medaglia d’Oro. He is a great walker and looker, but will need a bit of time and patience, which is what we are good at here at Frankland Lodge. We will be getting all the homebred yearlings, and any more that are purchased, into the yard in the next month or so to start the breaking process. It is always an exciting time and if anybody wants to get involved in a new two-year-old for next year, please give us a call and we can arrange viewings at any time.

Our first yearling into the yard, Medaglia d'Oro ex Marietta colt

Bill Barber, the industry editor, in his piece today reminded me of Great British Racings idea to broaden racings appeal with Brian and Ben in 2009. It was supposed to be a contrast between a boring Brian and an upbeat Ben. The French have just done exactly the same thing with Julian and Franck. They are trying to push their new flagship racecourse, Longchamp, which is due to reopen next April. Why do marketing people think that trying to make racing “cool” is the way to go? It certainly didn’t work here. Horseracing attracts all ages and all classes of society. It always has and always will. Just enjoy it for what it is, the greatest sport in the world. I don’t think marketing men have much idea.


Exercise has been kept close to home

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

"He who has a weak constitution becomes stronger by manual exercise than a robust man without it."


Enjoying the grass at Dullingham Park

It’s an overcast, slightly breezy morning, but dry and not too cold, although I do have two coats on at present. We have been keeping close to home this morning with two good canters on Hamilton Hill for the majority of the horses. All has gone well. We are still one down rider wise and one down in the yard. It just means more work for everybody else, but the ones we have are doing a great job.

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MHT found these out at exercise

At last the powers that be are starting to get the rules of racing into uniform order and the one that concerns interference in races, will now come in throughout Europe, including France for the first time. It is always tricky when going to other countries as their rules are different from one another and you can get caught out. I have been campaigning for a worldwide unification of horseracing rules, which would make it a lot easier and much better for the punters to understand. Every other sport seems to have one set of rules, but horseracing, for some unknown reason, have to be different. At least this is a start though and you will not get horses thrown out for a minor discretion, as they have been in the past. Also I think the padded whip that is in use will be another rule brought in. These rules must be for the better.

Exercise over, making their way back to the yard

Weaning is in full swing now on the stud. The first lot went very well and they are onto the second batch this week. It is done in such a way that there is as little stress as possible on both mare and foal. There are always some mothers that are pleased to see the back of their offspring and ones that aren’t, but if you do it in the correct way, which Angie does, everybody soon settles down. It will be sad to see the two foster mothers leave us as they have been absolutely marvellous and brought both foals up really well. What a great service this is and there are so many studs very grateful.


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