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Three new yearlings bought at the sales

Monday, 17 October 2016

"Dressing well is a form of good manners."

Tom Ford.

Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

It’s been a showery weekend with one or two heavy downpours and some really good sunrises. Today is bright, not too cold, and very little wind. I think that is the forecast for most of the week, although the temperature is due to drop from Wednesday onwards. We have been mostly on the Rubbing House and Southfields Round polytracks with the horses today and we should be having a few runners as the week goes on. 

Gee Sixty Six

I see the sports minister has told the racing and betting industry that she intends to set the rate at 10% of gross profits under the new levy replacement system. This is certainly good news for the racing industry, but the bookmakers will not like it. Our leaders have got to hold firm now and not take a backward step. We have got to work with the betting industry as we are all one, but it has been one way traffic for a long time and this decision, if it goes through properly, will assist tremendously to help rebalance the situation. I am sure there will be a lot of twists and turns along the way, but it looks a good start to me.

Velvet Voice

We bought three colts last week at the yearling sales, which we are delighted with and they are just having a short break before coming into the yard with the homebred ones to start their education on being a racehorse. We have got several for sale, either wholly or in partnerships and we will be running a new Raceworld partnership again this year. Keep an eye on the website for details.

One of the yearlings bought at the sales last week

It’s only a couple of weeks now to go for the Great Frankland Fast and I hope everybody is putting in a determined effort. I know I am. I was reading some diet advise the other day and it is easy really, just eat less!!


The Watered Gallop was the gallop of choice

Friday, 14 October 2016

"Her very frowns are fairer far

Than smiles of other maidens are."

Hartley Coleridge.

Working on the Watered Gallop this morning

Mist and fog across the heath

It’s another windless morning with bands of fog across the heath. I galloped a few fillies on the Watered Gallop this morning and although they galloped seven furlongs, you could only see the last half furlong when they emerged out of the mist. It is amazing that the ground is still very good as usually at this time of year it is very much on the soft side. I think at last the horses are free of the dreaded lurgy and the ones this morning really pleased me. It will be great to have a few two-year-old runners in the next few weeks.

Coming through the mist

Permera blatantly didn’t stay last night. She travelled well and looked like getting into it entering the straight, but the extra distance found her out and we will be reverting to shorter next time.

We have no runners over the weekend and will be TV watching the Ascot’s Champions Day which now looks like it will be run on good, good to soft ground. It is a pity they can’t find another Group race in place of the mile handicap as four Group 1’s and a Group 2 make for a fantastic days racing. I don’t know why they can’t come up with a six Group race card of some description.

Some two-year-olds working

Congratulations must go to Jim Crowley on winning the flat jockey's championship. He spent ten seasons as a jump jockey before moving across to the flat. He is a very unassuming professional hard working jockey and deserves all the plaudits he gets. With Silvestre De Sousa last year and now Jim Crowley it shows anybody who is prepared to work and has ambition can certainly hit the heights. It will be interesting to see what happens next year and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was a different jockey again winning it. 

Exercise over, now it's back to the yard

We have got a very nice horse at present who wants a good home. He would make a great eventer as he is a very good ride, has size and is a very good mover. We also have one or two horses that just need good homes as lawn mowers and if anybody has a paddock or orchard that needs keeping down, then they would be ideal. Give the office a ring  on 01638 661434 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested.


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