I hope we make it to Garrowby
Thursday, 05 December 2013
"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs."
It’s a much colder morning but I think it is mainly from the wind chill which has started to gain momentum from first light. First lot has been out and back without any problems and second lot is now on its way. We will keep the rest of them in the indoor ride which I am sure will go down well with the lads.
We are now starting to get the yearlings in from Garrowby and both boxes set off with a few horses going to have a month of R and R. They will be bringing back four more yearlings today. I just hope the wind doesn’t give them too many problems on the roads. I have told them if there are any major difficulties to abort and we can do it another day.
It is disappointing to see another member of our profession hit the headlines once again for steroid abuse, with Gerard Butler being banned for five years by the BHA yesterday. There is just no excuse for any drug abuse in any sport and these bans must act as a deterrent to everybody. I personally don’t think there is very much steroid use in the racing industry and I think these two recent high profile cases, may be the last we will see for a while, or at least I hope so.
We are doing a lot of horse movement this week
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
"To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing."
It’s a wet morning although it is not pounding down; it is just a steady stream of showers. It is not cold either, so working conditions are still ok. We are having a mixed morning, first lot are cantering, second lot have been kept in the indoor ride and trotted and third lot will be going up to the schooling ground to meet Colin. We will be having a good session with Likelikelikelikeit to see if she is ready to run on Saturday. She certainly took to the hurdles the first time, but it is the second and third time when you get the feeling whether they are going to be good or not.
Steve and David set off with both two boxes early this morning, on their way to Garrowby with some mares. They will be bringing back a couple of in-foal mares and a couple of yearling colts, one of which is the Refuse to Bend
ex Four Miracles, who will be one of our new syndicate horses this season. Once he is back, I will be taking a picture and it will be going up on the website. However, I think the costs and information will hopefully be up there today or tomorrow. I did see him yesterday and he is a real strong two-year-old type, with plenty of character and he looks a smashing recruit for the partnerships.
Just a few of the weanlings at Garrowby
The December Mare Sale continues with complete abandon, with the big players throwing money about as is it was water. I see one of the comments was “if you want to be in the game, you have to play”. Well everybody certainly played yesterday with a 4.7 million guineas mare and two other mares for over 2 million guineas. The average yesterday was 181 million guineas, which is absolutely unbelievable and makes a mockery of our British prize money. I know we have got everybody worldwide here this week and it is marvellous that they want to buy our stock, but common sense sometimes goes out of the window at times like this. These next two days will be more of a barometer with the so-called lower pedigree mares, but there surely will be a knock on effect as many smaller countries and breeders, will not have been able to get a look in so far. It has made for great theatre though and Tattersalls is the ideal place for it.
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