Wednesday, 22 February 2017
"A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one."
Rita Mae Brown.
It’s slightly cooler this morning and we have had a wind all night. There were a few flurries of rain early on, but it has stopped now. I think it is all due to kick off again this afternoon. Cold is on its way and plenty of wind, especially in the north. I think this depression has been given a name by the politically correct forecasters, but unless it is a hurricane, I can’t see the point in giving these little blows a name. It might make younger people watch the forecast though! We have been cantering close to home this morning and with a new member of staff, it has all gone like clockwork. I have also been interviewing for a feeder and there are some positive vibes there as well. It would be quite nice to have a few more hours sleep at either end of the day especially at the moment when the mares are foaling.
Four Fifty Three
We have one runner today where Astrostorm runs early evening at Kempton. He is in the one mile three furlong maiden at 6.15. Gabriele Malune rides and gets 7lbs off his back. He missed the break the first time and showed so much greenness it was untrue, but he will know a bit more today. Although this looks quite a good race with one or two highly touted horses, plus a couple of ones with form, I am sure he won’t disgrace himself. He will definitely be winning races in the coming year.
Angie and I took one of the mares, Diverting, to be covered by Nathaniel yesterday afternoon. It all went very well and I must say the stallion looked absolutely marvellous. He was a gentleman in every way and I am sure his offspring, now they are older, will be a force to be reckoned with this coming season. He is not a crash bang wallop sire, but one that will breed a proper horse over a proper distance and should be taken very seriously as a stallion.
It is very disappointing to see the report that Thistlecrack has got a tendon injury. There is no such thing as a little injury. It is like saying you are a little bit pregnant, you either are, or you are not. These injuries drive a trainer to distraction and what a disappointment it must be for all connections, but it just goes to show you cannot race horses all the time at the highest level as the pressure builds up, especially in these top races. Best Mate was looked after brilliantly by his trainer and only ran two or three times a year but won three Gold Cups. The pressure on the connections of Thistlecrack by the press was to run all the time and let the public see him, but the best interest of the horse should always come first in all cases.