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It's cool and overcast again

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

"A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend."


Gee Sixty Six and Dixon

It’s an overcast and cool morning once again and although I said yesterday there wasn’t any rain about, I have just heard that there may be some showers on the way. It has been a mixed morning with first lot going really well with horses galloping on the newly opened Peat Moss turf in front of the racecourse. Second and third lot were not too bad, but one horse slipped up on the walking grounds and landed on the pilot’s leg, which meant him being carted off to hospital for further examination. We have not heard anything more, and let’s hope it is just a strain, rather than a break. There is never a day goes by without something happening and, as I usually say, we are crisis managers.

Astroblaze, Stellekaya and Koin

I see Ascot are doing it once again, going their own sweet way. They have done it with the authorised betting partners and TV rights and they have now decided to stay with Betfred and have their own AscotBet, rather than join the majority of racecourses who are forming their own Tote. Why racing keeps doing this is beyond me. We should be doing things as one and everybody agreeing. We will never get anywhere if this sort of thing keeps happening.

Work over and a cooling walk back to the yard

Lord Derby is also at it again. He is in the High Court again over the Hatchfield Farm situation and if he wins, it will be going back to the Secretary of State for him to adjudicate on. It never seems to end and I am sure he will find other ways, even if this next try doesn’t work.


Don't put your jumpers away just yet

Monday, 03 April 2017

"Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle, rather a beautiful reminder of just how strong true love can be."


Bracken Brae and Stellekaya

It’s a bright but quite cool morning with the forecast for a dry week ahead. I think the far north of Scotland will get a bit of rain, but the rest of the country should be ok for most of it. The Countryfile weather forecaster told us not to put our cold weather gear away as there looks like there could be some snow, especially on higher ground. We have had a good morning with the horses, and with a few more staff in, we are getting on well with everything. It looks like being a quiet week runner wise, but it is always like that when it is a stop go fixture list. Those of you who have read this blog for 20 years or so will know I constantly go on about the start to the turf season. It is completely beyond me how they can’t sort the fixture list out. After the start at Doncaster it should continue on the turf right the way through, but no, we will be having very little racing until the Guineas meeting at the beginning of May and then there will be five or six meetings a day. Completely crackers. We are run by people who have no idea about how to organise anything. 


Our runners on Saturday both ran well. Hold Firm had no luck from his draw and I think he would have definitely finished second or third with a clear run. Topalova improved once again over the longer trip and better ground to finish a good second. She was very ill last year, like all our horses, and will improve for each run during the summer.

Back in after exercise

It’s the build up to the Grand National this week and Richard and I will be having our tipping competition and trying to put you straight. I hope we do better than we did at Cheltenham. It starts on Thursday with perfect ground and these three days are much more relaxed for everybody than Cheltenham, and the build up to the big race itself is always exciting. Let’s hope all horses and jockeys come back safe and we have a great spectacle for the world wide audience that will be watching.


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