What a warm, sunny weekend we had
Monday, 09 May 2016
"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
It’s been a very warm weekend and it looks like summer is just starting to arrive, however, I see the forecast is for it to get much cooler for the end of the week. It’s a cracking morning here though so far and the horses look marvellous in the sunshine. We have been cantering on Southfields Round and the Rubbing House polytrack doing Monday morning canters, which means a good warm up followed by a steady long canter. We will be having a few runners this week, a couple tomorrow and I think one at Newmarket later on. The flat season is just starting to burst into life now and if they all stay healthy, we will be very busy over the next few months.
Our two runners on Friday were very contrasting with Astrosecret behaving completely out of character when refusing to go anywhere near the stalls at Lingfield and had to be withdrawn at the start. She had behaved impeccably until then and had not given an inch of trouble when last running there. It means we will have to have a stalls test, but I know she is not frightened or wary of the stalls and we will just have to get her past as quickly as possible. It was a great shame as she would have benefited from another run and I am sure would have been in the first four. Dot Green ran a race full of promise at Ascot in what would have been one of the hottest fillies’ maidens of the year. She was beaten only about three lengths and there will be plenty of winners come out of the whole race. In fact I think the race could throw up Group and black type performers.
Having a cooling wash down after exercise
It looks like Folkestone racecourse is in trouble as the local council are planning to build 12,000 homes and a new garden city very close to the track. The infrastructure is all in place there with the motorways, the fast train lines and euro tunnel all in close proximity. It is a great shame as Folkestone was one of those fun tracks to go to and although the racing wasn’t top class, it was always competitive in a very relaxed atmosphere. It may be that the owners of the track sell some of their land for building and keep the racecourse, but at present it doesn’t look very hopeful. It is a great shame.
We have two runners today
Friday, 06 May 2016
"As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do."
Desert River, Prayer Time and Mr Turner
Smile That Smile, Regal Galaxy and Bracken Brae
It’s been a busy morning already with a few owners calling in to see their horse do some fast work. It’s another glorious day and there is nothing better on a day like this than to see horses galloping across the hallowed turf on the Newmarket heath. It means getting up early to get here on time, but it is very well worth it as you start to get the real atmosphere and see all the hard work that is put in behind the scenes. We have had two lots of gallopers this morning and the rest will be cantering on Hamilton Hill.
Owners Anne Marie, David and Clare watching work
We have two runners today, both fillies and both in maidens. Our first runner is Astrosecret at Lingfield in the mile and a half race at 1.30. She ran very green on her debut but that was over a month ago and she has come on for the run. This looks another competitive maiden with a lot of unknown quantities and some very well bred horses, but I am hopeful of a good run and the filly will improve again for today’s outing.
Our second runner is this evening at Ascot in the 6.30 over a mile and a quarter. Dot Green takes on a field full of high class and potentially anything fillies. Big prices have been paid for a lot of these and it will be fascinating to see how she runs tonight. Her two runs last year were full of promise. I think she will stay this trip well and I am hoping for a good run. Whatever happens she will be getting a mark after this contest.
Gates are opened ...
and Astroshadow and Sandwood Bay are out
We put several horses through the stalls yesterday including some two-year-olds for the first time and they all behaved very well. We did have one older horse with plenty of character and she will definitely need more education before we can run her. Most horses are not frightened of the gates but can get themselves wound up and need to gain full confidence and enjoy going through them.
It's now time for Time Down Under and Dixon to show how it's done
The Regal Galaxy partnership is beginning to fill up now, as it should do. She is a lovely filly, has been third in two maidens this year already and is well handicapped. She will stay a mile six, two miles eventually and worked very well this morning. It is a no brainer to get involved with her at very low cost and we have a few shares left to fill the partnership up. The facts are simple. If you get involved it will cost you £250 +VAT a month and you own a 12th share in the filly. You are given the share which is yours. If the filly is sold, you get a 12th of the revenue and a 12th of all prize money. There is nothing else to pay except the £250 +VAT a month which is why I say it is a great way to get involved and see if you like racehorse ownership. Please look at our website www.marktompkins.co.uk for further details and there is a video of me talking about the filly below. If you are interested give the office a ring on 01638 661434 or talk to Mike Jenkins, our syndicate man, on 07774 784497.
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