Will they take any notice? ....


It's been a chilly morning

Monday, 18 August 2014

"You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug."


Swilken (Farhan)

It’s a mixed morning with big black clouds and bright sunshine. It looks like it is coming down from the north and getting much colder. We have a good team of riders in today with a few new faces. The new ones have plenty of experience and will blend well into the yard. We have been round Side Hill with first two lots and all has gone well.

Prayer Time (Joe)

It was the start of the yearling sales season this weekend, over in Deauville. It is very much a boutique sale with international buyers coming to enjoy the top class racing, the sales and the ambience of Deauville, which is a very welcoming place. Prices seem to have kept up well but there are quite a lot withdrawn and not sold. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the season progresses. We have got Doncaster and Tatts Fairyhouse in the not too distant future. I think there could be some value to be had this year and if anybody is thinking of purchasing a yearling, please do get in touch to discuss the matter.

Hold Firm (Ali)

It is the big week of the year for Yorkshire, with the Ebor meeting starting this week. It is top class racing on a very well run and welcoming racecourse. If you have never been before make every effort to go as you will thoroughly enjoy it.


We await the grand opening of the new racing centre

Friday, 15 August 2014

"Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go."


Hold Firm (Jimmy Quinn) and Prayer Time (Joe Akehurst)

It’s an overcast morning after all the thunder and lightening we had here once again last evening. It has also got quite a few degrees cooler. You can always tell that when Bob the cat takes to sleeping on the hay, curled up in a tight ball. We have been across the flat this morning on the turf gallops, which are in absolutely perfect condition. It won’t be like that tonight on the racecourse though as I am sure it will be pretty sticky and holding by then. Everything moved well. The ones that have had a run have certainly improved and the ones that are just starting to get their acts together are showing ability. 

Swilken (Farhan) and Blue Bounty (Ali)

We have one runner tonight at Newmarket. My Guardian Angel runs in 1m 2f handicap at 7.35. He is quite capable of running very well in this, if putting him best foot forward, but the ground may be just too holding for him. We will have to see.

Bracken Brae (Joe Akehurst) Crystal Pearl (Abbie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Jimmy Quinn)

The Astley Clubs’ redevelopment is coming on a pace at present and it has been renamed The Racing Centre. We have retained Sir John Astleys name in the main bar and everybody who has very kindly donated money, has got acknowledgments for their generosity. We have installed a brand new up to date gym and physiotherapy unit, with all the modern machines and technology. It will be a tremendous asset to the whole of the industry in town, both racing and stud. There will be a grand opening in September.

It's a hard life being a cat

I thought after yesterday’s announcement of a 6f Group 1 for three-year-olds, that we should be looking for a 7f Group 1 and then today the article by James Pyman in the Racing Post asked the same question. You have to go to France to find one of these. It is another example of how the whole pattern system should be shook up throughout Europe, although it is only England, France and Ireland who can do it. I am afraid the other countries, Germany and Italy are a long way adrift with their racing industries, and their government has very little interest.


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