The temperature is really cold this morning ...


Yesterday was a brilliant day

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

"Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What a view to wake up to

It’s another very bright, clear morning, with blue sky and a ground frost. There is no wind and the temperatures are typical of a February morning. There were a lot of photographers about on the heath first thing and I think on days like this, the light is perfect for taking good photos. Our exercise was on the Town Sand and Bury Hills polytrack at first lot and then up Warren Hill poly for the rest. Everybody is in great spirits after yesterday and the mares successful breeder, Richard Farleigh, called in with presents for everybody. My diet for lent didn’t start very well! Richard was so excited, as he should be, as he has always had faith in the mare and is so enthusiastic. She visits Delegator this year.

Mr Turner (Reece) and Medicean ex Astrodonna (Yaz)

We have one runner today, Topamichi runs in 6.10 at Kempton. He ran very well last time at Chelmsford City and has run well at this venue on his only start to date. He is drawn well and I think he should be in the shake up once again.

Equiano ex Amanda Carter (Frankie) leading the way

We had a very good day yesterday, with both the Raceworld horses performing with great credit and the owners who went, had a marvellous day. Comrade Bond ran really well to be third. He was slightly hampered at the furlong pole, which just stopped him being second rather than third. He likes it round Wolverhampton and he is certainly better going left handed. There are more races to be won with him and what a great horse he has been for the syndicate, always giving them something to shout about and a great price e/w. Hold Firm won very nicely and this looks his ideal trip. He is still learning and was quite green once hitting the front, but he can only keep on improving and this homebred gelding will give us plenty more fun. He was the first foal of Four Miracles, who has a Sir Percy filly two-year-old in training and for syndication. We are starting to fill her now and she is a cracking prospect. I can highly recommend her to anybody. You can either buy, or lease a share and the training fees are a monthly payment of £230 all in. Great value.


The string walking back after exercise

Still no movement from the foaling mares, which is surprising as the glorious day we had yesterday, with plenty of sunshine, should have brought them on a bit. It’s a new moon tonight, so we will have to wait and see if my predictions are right. Everybody was thrilled at Dullingham yesterday as Hold Firm gave them another winner and we are really becoming a winner producing unit. There is nothing like winning to give everybody a boost and it’s very well deserved for all the hard work everybody puts in.


Comrade Bond and Hold Firm run today

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

"Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it."

Zig Zilar.

Royal Applause ex Astromancer (Holly)

After plenty of overnight rain it is a bright sunny morning but cold. As the sun came up we were getting  a slight ground frost. I think that's all the rain for now and it should be a dry week ahead. We had Jimmy and Joe in this morning and took the horses round Side Hill where they did some good work on both the grass and polytrack surfaces. The rest of the string have been on Warren Hill or round the indoor ride.

Astrovirtue (Ali)

We have two runners today both at Wolverhampton on the all-weather. Comrade Bond is our first runner at 2.30. He is drawn well in one and I just hope there is plenty of pace on which will help him to settle in the race. He is always quite keen and, if his last run here is anything to go by, he should run well once again. Our other runner is Hold Firm who runs in the last race at 5.10. He is back in trip from his last run, is not drawn too badly in six, and this is the sort of race he should be getting competitive in. On his form of last year, which was above this level, he should do.

Walking in the copse

There's a very good article today by Alastair Down in the Racing Post today on the re-vamped future Champions Weekend. It is well worth reading and it's what we, the professionals, think. The businessmen who run our sport these days know nothing about the horses. They just see each day as a marketing opportunity. Alastair is such a good writer and puts things over perfectly. If I was running TV racing, he would be a permenant fixture on my team sheet.


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