Onwards and upwards ...

A nice fresh feel to the morning

Friday, 28 May 2010

Michael Hills gets the first feel of his Derby ride

''Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.''

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Gary Pettit, one of Ted Spread's owners, deep in conversation with MHT

A nice, fresh feel to the morning and plenty of visitors. After the morning I had yesterday, it was lovely to have a morning go very smoothly. We took plenty of horses over to the watered gallop again and Michael Hills got acquainted with Ted Spread. Terribly bad luck for Darryll but he will not need an operation and will be back in around a month. Everything came down the watered gallop just over seven furlongs and I could not have been more pleased with the lot of them: they are all primed and ready to run, we just need that bit of rain.

Call it on, Kinsya and Ted Spread

Angie went up to Garrowby this week and came back full of the delights of spring with tales of how the yearlings are developing. It is amazing how during May and June they suddenly change from being woolly babies into sheek teenagers. The ground and water at Garrowby are a big bonus, as the limestone, chalky soil encourages growth of bone and improves the whole skeleton. There were also the new foals to check, who have arrived back after the mares have been covered and also several horses, having a break from training. I must give a mention here to Alan and Tina, who have got the place looking fantastic.

Whilst talking about the studs, I have some unfortunate news to pass on, regarding Four Miracles. She was a marvellous racemare: from twenty runs, she was placed fourteen times with three wins, winning her maiden at Brighton and, then, two good handicaps at York, earning her a Timeform mark of 93. Unfortunately, she got a slight tear in her tendon last year and went to recuperate at Garrowby. All was going well this spring with her doing two canters daily and her frequent scans were always coming back clear. Disappointingly, at evening stables last week, a bit of heat was back and the scan showed, she had done a similar thing but, if you felt it now, you would never know anything was wrong. She will be entered in December Sales but if anybody would like to have a very good broodmare prospect and keep her with us at Dullingham, please give the office a ring and speak to the Guv'nor for further details. There will be a picture, pedigree and further information on the 'Horses for sale' site over the weekend.

Theola and Cornish Beau

Astrolibra was a winner everywhere bar the last hurdle yesterday at Wetherby, where she blundered at the last and lost any chance. Very, very unlucky, she should nearly be unbeaten from four runs; I will give her two or three weeks break now but, I am sure, that she will be back in the winners' enclosure shortly.

One runner today, at Haydock in the 8.10 pm. I see the Racing Post give him no chance but I would tend to differ, if the ground stays as it is and, hopefully, he can give his very enthusiastic syndicate another winner.

Amno Dancer and Akula

Miss Wendy and Captain Clint

Zenarinda and Astrodiva