Onwards and upwards ...

Astrofire runs today

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

"Autumn may lose her colours,

But memory is a rainbow."

Terri Guillemets.

Three of the yearling fillies

It's a very wet morning, in fact it's absolutely throwing it down at present. We have some wind but not the gales that were forecast and it's not that cold -  just plain wet. It's a busy morning in the yard with our runner leaving early, visitors calling in, and with the weather as it is - we are very lucky having the Hamilton Hill adjacent to the yard, all the horses can have a good canter but be soon done up and warm back in their boxes.

Equiano ex Astromancer yearling in the lunge pit

Our runner yesterday, Velvet Voice, jumped well and travelled well for two thirds of the race, but she got tired quite quickly and had a really good blow afterwards. There was no good in the ground anywhere and she will be having one more run before Christmas but on a bit better ground over two miles.

We have one runner today at Wetherby where Astrofire runs in the first at 12.15.  She has schooled well at home and this introduction will do her good. There are one or two in here with good flat form but it doesn't always mean that they can jump.


I see the BHA are upping their anti doping regime with the first four in all Group races on the flat and all Grade One jump races being tested. The usual system is that the winner of most races is tested. They say they are testing for other synthetic drugs and it will be interesting to see what comes of this. Doping in sport seems to me to be widespread and needs to be stamped out. We have just had the recent football problem which was only publicized by hackers. If we are to have a proper doping regime it shouldn't matter who the culprit is, it should be announced. All sport must be on a level playing field.


We received the very sad news yesterday that Brenda, Bryan Agar's wife, had passed away. She was a most wonderful lady - always immaculate, always cheerful, always positive and always interested in whatever we did. Brenda was a tremendous support to Bryan and they were such a fantastic couple. I know everybody in the yard and at the stud, and those who knew her through racing would like to join Angie and I in sending our deepest condolences to Bryan and to all the family.