The horses are back out on the track ...


Will the big clash happen?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."

John F. Kennedy.


It’s a mixed morning with plenty of sunshine interspersed with big black clouds, but there is no rain forecast today until much later on. So far so good this morning. Three lots already out and cantered and we now only have a few more to go out to do an easy exercise.


The vet was in after second lot and scoped six horses. Of the six, four looked very good but two were still a bit cloudy on the wash. The wash will now go to the vet laboratory’s where they will try and grow cultures and in 48 hours we will know the results. We have not had any coughing this morning, but it still goes to show that they can look alright on the outside, but on the inside they have infection. The vet reliably informs me that most of the yards that have had similar viruses, have had the odd one or two that has needed a more severe antibiotic. I picked a cross section of the horses this morning and I think we are definitely on the right track, but will still have to keep them well monitored as we go forward.

Passing others on the way back to the yard

It has rained again at York overnight and the ground is now good to soft, which I would think will rule out the big clash between Gleneagles and Golden Horn. You never know though and once the O’Brien’s have walked the course they may change their minds, but I would think it would be very much on the doubtful side. It will be disappointing for the big crowds, but in this day and age of stallions an unbeaten record is worth preserving. It would be a very good race anyway with the Grey Gatsby and Time Test, who may give the favourite something to think about.


The rain is falling

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

"Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved."

Christopher Paul Rubero.

Heavensfield out on the trotting ring

It’s a wet morning, with the temperature only 15 degrees and I think it is set in for the day, until late afternoon. It will do a lot of good as it is a nice steady rain rather than in patches. We have had plenty of people in this morning, which is a great help and we have had a good exercise with some of them doing half speed work on the watered gallop. All went according to plan and the feedback was that they felt really well in themselves. Tomorrow is D day when we will be scoping them after cantering. Keep everything crossed and let’s hope we can get back on track.

Dot Green

Weaning continues at the stud and we are a good half way through. There was a jinx a couple of weeks ago when some of the foals got high temperatures and we had to stop the programme until they had recovered. It is not only horses though on the stud that takes up all the time, there is a huge amount of maintenance and with the storm last week, a big tree split in half. It took forever clearing it up, carting all the branches away, cutting it into logs and mending the fences that it had demolished. We have got a great team on the stud and we had all hands on deck and got it done in a day. The amazing thing was that there were three fillies in the field who didn’t take any notice of it at all.

It's not just looking after the horses on the stud

It is the big York meeting this week and the fields are beginning to take shape for some fantastic racing and if the ground stays like it is, we are all in for a treat. Unfortunately I won’t be having a runner, which is so disappointing, but let’s hope with the nice young horses we have got about the place, and some more future investment, we can get competitive again at these big festivals. Sometimes when things go quiet you just have to get determined, which we all are, and get on with the job. The team is working towards those goals.


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