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We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 15 February 2018

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."


True Calling

Velvet Voice

It’s a bright, dry morning after what can only be described as a wet and wild night. It absolutely lashed it down once again and both the yard and the stud are running in water. I just don’t know when it will ever stop. At least today there is none so far. Everybody is in and cantering on the polytracks. All has gone well so far.


We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 9 o’clock, the one mile five furlong handicap. I have fitted blinkers just to help him concentrate. He ran much better last time at Kempton and in this sort of race, if he puts his best foot forward, he can certainly get involved. I have been dying to run him over hurdles but the ground is so awful everywhere that I will be waiting until the spring to do that. It has been pretty hard watching lately as the heavy ground has made for some very tired horses and we need to be careful not to race too much on this very bad ground.

Exercise over and back to the yard

We always find good homes for our horses when they retire, as you can see by having a look at our ‘where are they now’ section on this site, and they go on to have long happy lives doing a variety of different equine disciplines. One of our old horses was Westminster who had a marvellous life and his owners, Emma and Cheryl, have just let us know that he has died at the age of 26. He gave his owners plenty of fun when he was a racehorse and he continued to give so much pleasure right up to the end. Horses are fantastic creatures, the best animal in the world and it is always sad to lose them, but you have all the memories to remember them by.


It's quite a bright day today

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."

Joseph Campbell.

Topapinion ready for third lot

It’s a bright morning after a very cold and wet night. Bands of rain are forecast but thank goodness, as yet, they have not arrived. We have been doing normal conditioning canters and with everybody in and working well, we have had no problems. We could do with some warmer weather though and I can’t wait for February to be over and start to move forward into proper spring. With the amount of rain we have had over the last couple of months it must soon end and then we can get a spell of dry spring weather.


Our runner yesterday hated every minute of the Southwell track. You could see cantering down that she wasn’t moving fluently on it and the kickback in the race just compounded her day. If you don’t try it, you don’t get anywhere, but she will certainly not be going back there and we can disregard yesterday’s run. I thought the jockey conducted himself very well, was intelligent, tidy and professional. If he gets a bit of luck, he can certainly make a living in the industry.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

There have been a few jockeys retire from the saddle recently for many different reasons, but it is hard for them all to make a living, even with the amount of racing that we have got to put up with. This has always been the case though and it is nothing new that people retire and try something different, whether they leave the industry altogether, or continue in another aspect of it. The jockeys association have a good retraining programme with plenty of advice for another career, they also assist with funding, which always helps. As the saying goes ‘when one door shuts, another one opens’, and fate plays a huge part in all our lives.


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