Happy Easter to all our readers
Friday, 18 April 2014
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." Lawrence J. Peter.
Walking out to exercise
It’s a glorious day, with blue sky, no wind and the temperature looks set fare to be in the mid teens by the middle of the morning. Everybody is in and we have been able to get some good cantering work into them before breakfast. We have been using the town canter and then Long Hill polytrack. The forecast for the weekend is for some rain to come over from the continent, especially from the south east. This would be welcome, just to keep the ground on the good side and stop it going firm.
Out on the Town Canter
It is the first Good Friday ever with racing, and the powers that be have allowed an all-weather meeting at Lingfield and one at Musselburgh. Lingfield have their Championship Day today, with £1 million in prize money. This whole series was supposed to get everybody excited, but I think it is pretty much a damp squib. However, there is one good race at 2.55 with the three-year-old conditions stakes, with one or two interesting horses taking part. Arc dominates the lower grade prize money ladder and this day should not be a barometer for their input into the prize money fund. They could do much better, but have share holders to look after and that seems to be at the forefront of their thinking. The Jockey Club came out with their figures this week, which was very good, and came up with the idea of a structure to be put in place, which would encourage racecourses to put prize money at a proper level. I hope this idea gets off the ground.
Swilken and Blue Bounty
I hope My Guardian Angel gets in at Plumpton on Sunday, as he is fit and well. The race is a valuable one, although quite competitive. If he gets balloted out, he will more than likely run at Market Rasen on Monday.
Today we show you some pictures of our older horses, who have found good homes, Captain Clint and Dolls House. Both look a picture of health and show what great careers, outside of the racing industry, they can have. We always endeavour to find these horses really good homes and these two are just an example of what we find. They are loved and cherished by their new owners and have a fantastic life. We have always got horses looking for homes, at one time or other, and people should just email
with their details, and we will put them on the list.
Don’t forget the five to follow competition is up and running and live, a bit late this year as we had problems with technical side of it. We have not had a winner yet but they are all to come. Don’t forget, the prize is a share in one of next year’s horses and it is well worth having a go. Tell all your friends and neighbours and get as many people involved as possible.
A very changeable morning
Thursday, 17 April 2014
"There are days when you need someone who just wants to be your sunshine
and not the air you breathe."
Prayer Time & Hold Firm
It was a bright blue start to the morning, but as the day has gone on, it has gradually got more overcast. It was also cold first thing, but has got warmer as the day has progressed. I have had plenty of visitors today to see their horses, both in the yard and then out cantering. Everybody went home very pleased and full of enthusiasm for the future. This year’s horses look stronger and much healthier than the last couple of years, and I expect them to run accordingly. We have been educating the youngsters this morning and all has gone as planned.
My Guardian Angel and Topaling
It was the first day of the Craven meeting yesterday, with the Free Handicap and the Nell Gwyn. It was great to see once again, a footstepsinthesand win the fillies trial, as we have got a foal and a mare in foal to that stallion. We have got the colts trial today, with the Craven Stakes at 4.05. Toormore is a worthy favourite and it will be interesting to see how he handles the ground and the dip. He was only a £36,000 yearling, which is the right money to pay for a horse, and look what he has turned out like. You certainly don’t have to pay the inflated prices they were making at last nights breeze-up sale here in Newmarket, to get a horse of quality.
Nancy and Astrocat
I see the European pattern race committee, have stripped Italy of all its group races from next year. This is because they have failed to pay any prize money for the last two to three years, even to their own owners, trainers and jockeys. It could be sorted out and lets hope it is, but the Italian authority will have to put their house in order very quickly and abide by the rules.
Legal Art and Lexi Grady Alice
I see Duncan Keith has died at the age of 76. As a young lad, he was always one of my favourites and was one I used to back blind. I don’t know why, but he will always hold a place in my memory, for some of the great races he rode and some of my pound bets which came off and helped me survive in the early days. Our condolences go to his family.
Crossing the road to make their way home
The five to follow competition has taken some time to get organised this year, but is now up and running. It is free to enter and there is a great prize, a share in one of the syndicates for 2015. Have a go and encourage anybody you know to have a go too.