Onwards and upwards ...

A mild, misty morning

Monday, 01 November 2010


Watch Chain (Butch) sets off at the bottom of Long Hill polytrack

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." 

~Winston Churchill


Kinsya (Ashley)

A mild, misty morning and we had plenty of rain yesterday. The yearlings are all getting going now and Steven and his breaking gang are doing a great job. The ones that arrived back from Garrowby last week have settled in well and we will be riding most of them by the end of the week. This time of year always seems to go quickly and it will be Christmas before we know it.


Astrodonna (Dan)

Two runners today, one on the flat and one over hurdles. Locum runs at Wolverhampton with Richard Hughes riding. He has made a fantastic effort to get back to within three of Paul Hanagan and they have both put everything into it this last few weeks. For the life of me, I cannot understand why Racing for Change have not made much more of this unbelievably exciting duel, as every race that goes by has so much more interest. Also it should be, in my opinion, in big numbers on the front of the Racing Post daily but I suspect the people who run Racing for Change don't know it is going on! Locum must have a chance in this, as he handles the surface, stays and is still in reasonable form. Smokey Oakey makes his debut over hurdles in the 1.00 pm race at Kempton. He has schooled well and the experience today will do him the power of good but there is nothing like having a run or two to sharpen up the hurdling skills, nevertheless I expect him to run with credit. 


Heading home in the mist

We commented on the Chairman of the BHA last week and his apparent conflict of interest. I would have thought the Chairman of the ROA and the Horsemen's Group, Paul Dixon, would have been championing having horses in training in England,  spending all his time trying to sort out the lot of the professionals with the Levy agreement and other ongoing discussions. However, we read he is joining forces with a trainer, aiming to run horses in France, where he says the prize money is better. It is my opinion that if this is his thinking, maybe he should be working for the French and not us. We need people who are dedicated and single-minded in fighting our corner for all the professionals in Britain with no distractions. 


The Act One ex Torcross colt 

Arsenal managed to save themselves with a last gasp goal to keep themselves in touch in the Premiership but The Owls, I read, hardly had a kick and were beaten fair and square - just another day in the first division.