Very open Derby...


The horses are moving well

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

"All know the way; few actually walk it."



Hold Firm and Swilken

It's a much cooler morning with a strong wind, and you had to stand in the leeward of the trees to try to keep warm at first and second lot. We've been using Hamilton Hill and the Rubbing House canter as our exercise today. All the horses look pictures and they are moving very well.


Astrovirtue, Peeps, and Comrade Bond

After the local elections we have several more industry figures on the Newmarket Town Council. Conrad Allen and Amy Starkey have both joined this year and John Berry has been elected the town mayor, taking over from Rachel Gosden. I hope he doesn't take to riding out in his shorts with his chain of office on, but  seriously I am sure he will make a very good mayor.


Astromajor and Astrowolf

We have almost finished covering the last mares. The foals are developing well and growing up fast, in fact the older ones are becoming very independent.  It's great to watch them playing with one another at this age and we can start to see who will go with who for the weaning stage. It is amazing how quickly the cycle comes round.


A wet morning

Monday, 18 May 2015

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Warming up before exercise

It started to rain first thing as we all arrived in the yard and it has got heavier as the morning has gone on. It looks set in for most of the day. Rain is very much needed as the ground was getting quite firm and the times are very quick on most of the tracks. I don't know if you have noticed lately all the sand flying up as the horses race, whether at York or Newmarket. It is becoming a big trend to fill in hoof divots with sand rather than soil. I have always thought this is a mistake as good grass doesn't grow in sand and all it does is to make the courses firmer, but who am I to tell the experts. We have been on Hamilton Hill today which is as sheltered as any canter on the heath with plenty of trees to hide away from the elements. All has gone well so far.


Singing Hinnie leads Bracken Brae and Smile that Smile

Prayer Time was very disappointing at Thirsk on Saturday, but I don't think he had the best of rides and to me the race was a non event. It's a long way to go and costs plenty of money with transport and expenses. It is always upsetting both for the owners and the supporters when we don't get a run for our money. I was going to send him up to Redcar for today but he hadn't eaten up overnight at the weekend and he will be given a bit of time to recover.


Hold Firm with Astrovirtue and Comrade Bond

I was intrigued to see a news article in the Racing Post on Sunday about Jim McGrath, from Channel 4 Racing, saying he thought the racecourses allowing "betting in running" punters to use hospitality boxes for that purpose, were in the wrong. He is about three years behind me, as I have always thought this was an iniquitous situation. The racecourses sell the boxes to the punters who have about a 10 second advantage watching live over people at home who have delayed pictures. I once mentioned this to an official of a racecourse group and was told it was "Getting an edge". I call it cheating and was pleased to see Jim bring the matter up again. I doubt anything will be done.


Some sydicate members enjoying coming to see their horses on Saturday



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