The sales are still in full swing ...


Good canter up Long Hill

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

"Don’t worry about avoiding temptation – as you grow older, it starts avoiding you."


Going round the indoor ride

It's a very similar day to yesterday with no wind at all. It was a very clear night last night and I thought we might just get a frost, but the temperature held up well and it's a very pleasant day. We did a good canter up Long Hill polytrack with all the first lot horses - this canter winds its way up the hill for about seven and a half furlongs and is all on the collar which makes the horses work. Our two year olds started cantering yesterday and they will be going up Warren Hill again today.


There is an excellent article on the great Ryan Price in the Post today. I can remember meeting him once and he certainly made a big impression on me. The journalist makes a very interesting point when he says there is a difference between those who love racing and those who love racehorses. To most trainers the horses are more important than the racing but to some people involved with the turf, the racing is more important than the horse.

Walking back into the yard after exercise

The foal buying season is upon us with Goffs Sales in Ireland kick starting the merry-go-round. As usual it begins with the poorer pedigrees and heats up as the week goes on, but yesterday we already saw two foals making over the 100,000 euro mark. Foal buyers are really a fearless lot. It all rolls over to Newmarket in a couple of weeks time where I am sure the boldness will continue.


Schooling this morning

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

"Count the garden by flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll."


Comrade Bond (Sophie)

A mild morning with no rain forecast and by all accounts it's going to be like that all week. I have been up to the Links again this morning schooling the hurdlers and all went well. Topamitchi jumped like a buck over several flights of full size hurdles, and Topaling with Comrade Bond popped well over the baby hurdles before having one spin over the bigger ones. The rest of the string have been up Warren Hill and I have started to canter the two year olds.


Toptempo got no sort of a run yesterday at Wolverhampton where she was blocked at every turn and even the Racing Post said, "Would have been a deal closer had she got any sort of run." It's very frustrating when these things happen but at least she came back in one piece, unlike a few of the others in the race who were struck into badly. These are the races the stewards should look into as many careers end in injury resulting from races as rough as this. Some of the jockeys seem to have no regard for what can happen and should be made to look at the damage they have caused.

Simon Bailey, the new pastor, watching the horses

The new Chaplain of Racing, Simon Bailey, has settled in quickly and well since he succeeded Graham Locking in this role. He has a permanent office in the Racing Centre where people can visit him to talk about any matter. A really good man, we have been very lucky to find him.


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