Break Cover runs tomorrow ...


The last foal of the season has arrived

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

"One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human."

George Santayana.

Ness Of Brodgar and Babochoff on Long Hill

It’s a glorious spring morning, sunshine, perfect temperature and no wind. The only thing we are missing to make it even better is for it to be raining at some stage during the day. We had an early start after a late night with a couple of workers going over to Bury Side. They left the yard at 5.30 and did a good spin up Long Hill. We gave our 1,000 Guineas contender a pipe opener on the Cambridge Road Polytrack, which we were delighted with. Her preparation has gone well and we now just need plenty of luck and no problems over the next few days. The rest of the horses have been on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill. All the staff are in and working well, we just need our luck to change somewhat.

Walking round the yard befor exercise

We had no luck yesterday when Roof Garden flicked a plate off at the start. We always put on the declaration form ‘do not run if lost shoe in front’ and I’m pleased we do this as the ground yesterday was very much on the fast side. If he had run without a shoe it could have jarred him up. He lives to fight another day and we have already entered him this morning for another race next Tuesday. Astrojewel had every chance. The ground may have been a bit firm but I think we have done well to win a race with her. We will be finding her a good home as soon as possible.

Pageant Master and Garrel Glen making their way back to the yard

There is a very good article today in the Racing Post on Johnny Hon, a Hong Kong based capitalist who has a string of horses in training in England. The article makes very interesting reading for the future investment for that part of the world. His comments on bloodstock agents and how they are regulated - and in fact how all the bloodstock trade is regulated – is very thought provoking. I hope the powers that be take notice as without doubt we will need a fresh influx of owners in the next few years if the major ones who are playing at the moment start to disappear.

Belle Bayeux

We both had a great start yesterday at the Punchestown Festival and are both in profit after the first day, which can’t be bad. Richard’s double points score in the last helped him to a good lead after day one. There is plenty of time yet for me to get the deficit back and it makes for great fun. Our selections are below.


3.40  Rock De Baune    4.20  Zero Ten    4.55  Vision D’honneur  5.30  Walk Away  6.05  Kemboy 
6.40  Abacadabras  7.10  Jett    7.45  Minella Melody


3.40  Ballyhome    4.20  Presented Well    4.55  Days Without End    5.30  Carefully Selected    6.05  Bellshill    6.40  Mt Leinster    7.10  Class Conti    7.45  Gypsy Island

     Ulysses_ex_Brushing_19     Ulysses_ex_Brushing_19_2
Chesnut filly by Ulysses ex Brushing

We had our last foal of the year last night, thank goodness. Brushing gave birth to a filly foal by Ulysses just after 9 o’clock. All went well and although it took the foal a while to get the idea she is now getting up and down ok and sucking off the mare. We were delighted to have a filly as, unusually, we had only had one this year. All the others are colts and now we have a companion for Astrosecret’s Garswood filly. Two chesnuts together.


We have two runners today at Yarmouth

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it."

Frank McKinney Hubbard.

Cantering on Southfields Round

It’s a much cooler morning with a slight breeze. We have got high thin cloud as well, but no sign of rain yet. This weather is amazing as one day it is boiling hot and the next you need two coats. It is about time it settled down and we got some proper rain, which would help everything. I have been using Southfields Round for most of the exercise lots this morning and all has gone as expected.


Our runner yesterday was run off her feet and looks like she wants to be going over a much longer trip. She wasn’t beaten that far though and another run should get her handicapped. She is a genuine filly who tries hard and when you get that type there is always a race for them somewhere.

We have two runners today, both at Yarmouth. Our first is Astrojewel in the one mile handicap at 2.15. She won a race at Southwell in December but has been disappointing the last twice. We are trying her back on turf today and I think we will see a much better run. She is certainly handicapped to be competitive if things fall her way. There should be plenty of pace on in this race which will suit. Our other runner is Roof Garden in the 3.45. I have upped him in trip today, his last run looked disappointing but he obviously needed it more than I thought. We have been harder on him at home and I am sure he will beat more than finish in front of him today.


It was great to see that Racing Welfare benefited from some marvellous efforts in the London Marathon with over £40,000 raised for the charity. Congratulations to all the runners who obviously put a tremendous amount of hard work  into their training and race. The chief executive of Racing Welfare, Dawn Goodfellow, has a column today in the Racing Post and her comments on her funding model make interesting reading. Dawn has completely revolutionised Racing Welfare since taking over a few years ago and is by far and wide the best chief executive they have ever had. She actually understands what happens in racing and the problems it has but she has sorted the whole thing out and now employees a lot of people from within the industry who understand how it ticks. Every year Racing Welfare has to raise a tremendous amount of money as more and more people from the industry are looked after by them. The horse charities are looked after well from the income that comes from every race for every horse that is entered. That is certainly a very good cause, but most important are the humans and the funding of these charities certainly need some looking into.

Walking back after exercise

Richard Marriott has challenged me to another tipping competition at the Punchestown Festival and our selections are below. As normal it will be win only £10 and double odds on the last race of every day. It went right to the wire last time and only Richards’s winner in the last at Aintree enabled him to get up on the line. Let’s hope it doesn’t get that close this time.


3.40    Blue Templar    4.20  Klassical Dream    4.55  Jan Maat    5.30  Min    6.05  Champagne Diva    6.40  A Plus Tard    7.15  Farceur Du Large


3.40  Youcannotbeserious    4.20  Felix Desjy    4.55  Cosmo’s Moon    5.30  Un De Sceaux    6.05  Flanking Maneuver    6.40  Getabird    7.15  Front View


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