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It could have gone smoother

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Don’t be mean when you’ve had a bad day. Be nice, and your day will get better."

Terri Guillemets.

Cantering in pairs on the grass

It is slightly overcast this morning and cool, but once again there is no wind so it is not biting cold. We have had no rain yet, but it is forecast and I suspect it will be here by the end of the week. We have had a mixed morning, with things not going entirely smoothly and one or two outbursts have had to happen. We have been using the grass, mainly on Bury Side, which as I have told you is in great condition and the horses just bounce off the surface. We have got them all in very good form and we will be having some runners tomorrow on the all-weather.

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 Hold Firm and Prayer Time                                 Smile That Smile

I have been quoted in the Racing Post today as to why I love the Lincoln handicap and what it means to most trainers. It is a race that should still be in the spotlight, but with all the racing we have nowadays, it seems to get lost. It was the start of the flat season on turf and everybody used to look forward to it and the public would bet on the spring double, the Lincoln handicap and the Grand National. Everybody had a chance of winning it and the weights went from 7st 7lbs to 10st, but now they will go from 8st 12lbs to 9st 11lbs, which restricts the whole race and gives only a few people a chance. The top weight in this years Lincoln is rated 111 so the bottom weight is 98, so you can see what I mean. It has changed from the people’s race to being quite elitist, which in my opinion is what Great British racing is trying to do with the new championships. It cuts out the normal racing owner, jockey and trainer and only gives the top few a chance of winning. This to my way of thinking is the wrong way.

Pastroral Pursuits ex Trew Class filly foal

All the foals continue to thrive and the two we had over the weekend weighed in at 60 and 65 kilos respectively, which is a good weight for a foal. All this years’ crop are good sized, strong individuals and it all bodes well for the future, with four mares still to produce.


We had another two foals over the weekend

Monday, 23 March 2015

"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes."

Francis Bacon.

Astromajor, Star Commander and Blue Bounty on Hamilton Hill

It’s a bright sunny morning, but the cold has come back with the temperature dropping dramatically overnight. The forecast is for it to stay cool all week, with a couple of bands of heavyish rain sweeping across later on. We have had a good morning exercise wise, with plenty of people in and the horses all in good spirits and moving well. We have been using the Mactrac on Warren Hill and the Hamilton Hill canter on racecourse side. Everything is beginning to crank up for the start of the turf season at the weekend, with the Lincoln handicap the star attraction at Doncaster. That, coupled with the Dubai World Cup and a very good meeting at Chelmsford City, will spread the jockeys very thinly and I am sure it will be good luck for somebody.

Cantering on the Warren Hill Mactrac

As predicted we had two foals over the weekend. Astrolibra produced a very attractive filly by Havana Gold on Saturday night and this morning Missouri produced a filly by Harbour Watch, who again is very attractive. Two more fillies to add to the five we have already got. The two colts are definitely getting outnumbered. All went well though and both mares are brilliant mothers and the foals were soon up and sucking. We have now only got four left to foal and let’s hope we can get at least two more colts to make a field full. I am very sorry for misleading you over the moon at the weekend, but Ian, who is my scientific advisor, told me it wasn’t just a full moon, it was a super moon, when in fact it was a new moon and thanks to Meg who put us all straight and explained the sequence.

Filly foal by Havana Gold ex Astrolibra

A very good article by Lee Mottershead on the flat jockey’s championship is well worth reading in the Racing Post today and his final paragraph, where he sums it up very well, puts it all in a nutshell. It certainly cheapens the whole competition and I am sure the public won’t take it to their hearts, which is what the marketing people think will happen. It will just be another idea lost in the sands of time.

Filly foal by Harbour Watch ex Missouri

A fantastic sporting weekend has just occurred, with a nail biting finale to the six nations rugby, two brilliant football matches in the premiership yesterday and Carruthers winning at Newbury for the Bradstocks and the Oaksey Partnership, which the marketing men can’t understand. However, best of all was Sheffield Wednesday scoring two goals in extra time, to beat their archrivals Rotherham. I would think most of the Wednesday supporters would have left the ground before these goals went in and turned the day around.


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