Onwards and upwards ...

A very calm, overcast morning....

Thursday, 10 February 2011


"Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy."
 - Izaak Walton


Cantering around Side Hill polytrack first lot

A very calm, overcast morning and we have had several short showers so far but it doesn't look like we are going to get a big amount of rain. We have been several places already this morning, Side Hill, Warren Hill, Long Hill and all has gone well up to now. The horses are in that intermediate period with their coats, in that a few are starting to move towards their spring coats but most of them are holding on to them. I suspect that they know that cold weather is on the way again - clever things horses! 


Dazinsky (Steve)

I am delighted to have got a press release this morning and also to read in the Racing Post that Jockey Club racecourses have decided to inject a further £2.2m into prize money. On behalf of all the Newmarket trainers I would like to thank them, as it will be  a tremendous help across the board. The whole Jockey Club group puts everything they earn directly back into the racing industry, whether it be the racecourses, the training grounds, Newmarket and Lambourn, the National Stud or the Racing Welfare charities; if only all the other groups had the same intentions at heart, the industry would be thriving. I just hope that the Tote can be acquired, upgraded over time and plough all its profits back into the game. It would solve so many problems. 


The two year olds cantering up Warren Hill 

There was a great turnout last night at our local Council offices, where there was another meeting on the Hatchfield development project. We had Michael Stoute, Henry Cecil, Luca Cumani, along with another ten or so trainers, combined with the local residents, stud owners etc. I am pleased to tell you that we won the day again and the fight goes on. I cannot emphsise enough what a disaster it would be for Newmarket if this development went ahead.


Walking home

All the office staff, Ian, Phil, Neil, including myself love sweets and after Christmas, I had plenty of them and a bowl was soon put in the office for general consumption. It would be full as I went out each lot but on returning usually empty! On enquiring what sweets were not liked, Phil replied anything but those b... Cola things both the other two couldn't think of anything, so we all know what to give them next Christmas.


Dictate (Abby)