Break Cover runs tomorrow ...


Happy Birthday Richard

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

"When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them."

Chinese Proverb.

A good canter

It's not very windy or wet yet but the forecast is for it to come here mid morning and then continue on through the whole week. If we do have the rain they are forecasting it will do nothing but good. The yard is ticking over well this morning with everything having a good exercise using both sides of the heath.

Working well

It was a mixed day with the runners yesterday. Roof Garden looks as if he needs a mile and a quarter and he took a good blow a furlong out. Velvet Vision ran a sound race to be third and once again she didn't have all the luck go her way. I was very pleased how she settled and there will be plenty of improvement yet in her. Pageant Master needed the race but ran creditably for a long way and will strip a lot fitter next time. Quanah looks as if he needs a mile and he will be much straighter after this first outing of the year. I'm sure all four will be winning races this season. We were going to have another runner today but unfortunately had a problem overnight which I'm sure we can sort out quickly and it won't be long before she'll be seen in public.

Cantering on Racecourse Side

It's a busy morning on the stud with two coverings again today, one down at Whitsbury and the other one much closer to home at Cheveley Park. We have not had any more foals still. One mare has nearly gone a year but she is now well waxed up though and let's hope the foaling is imminent. We have heard other studs saying their mares are foaling late beyond their due dates this year. 


Everyone at the yard and at the stud wish Richard Marriott a very "Happy Birthday", and good luck at his flower show today!

We have four runners today

Monday, 01 April 2019

"Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable."

Wendy Wasserstein.

Cantering Racecourse Side

It’s a bright cold morning with a good breeze as well. The forecast is for it to rain during the week which will certainly help the heath, most racecourses and be very good for the fields at the stud as we have had one of the driest winters on record so far. We have had a very busy morning in the yard and with four runners today both horsebox’s are in operation but, when we get two non-runners staff wise, it’s disappointing and puts more work onto everybody else. The ones that are in have really stepped up to the mark and are doing a sterling job. The horses are getting a good canter and the boxes are being mucked out to their usual high standard.

The morning sun is burning off the mist

We have four runners today, two this afternoon at Chelmsford and two tonight at Newcastle. Our first runner at Chelmsford is Roof Garden who runs in the mile race at 3.40. He has won here twice and has had a good long break over the winter. He is fit and ready to run, but may need to sharpen up and this race will put him spot on. Our other runner there is Velvet Vision who carry’s top weight in the 5.15. She has been very unlucky not to have won a couple more races and is only very lightly raced. This trip is her minimum and we will just have to hope the race will be run to suit. I am sure she should run a good race though this afternoon. Our first at Newcastle is Pageant Master at 7.15, the seven furlong handicap. He again carry’s top weight, he ran his best race and was very unlucky not to have won four runs ago and I am hoping he can perform well at this track once again. Our last runner is at 8.15 when Quanah runs. He has had a long time off since his last run at Ascot and has been cut. I think the track will suit and if he settles he should run a sound race at a reasonable price.

Walking back after exercise

Our Brocklesby runner behaved impeccably, looked a picture and did everything right. She got squeezed up after a furlong and a bit and was never in the front after that but she stayed on under hands and heels and will improve tonnes for the experience. A very genuine, attractive filly she will definitely win a race in the not too distant future. The ground was very firm as well and with the clerk of the course telling us it was good to soft up to the morning and then changing it to good on the day and then to good to firm as racing went on, you can see what trainers are up against when you have to outguess the officials. Some nice rain would certainly help her.

Happy staff, happy horses

It is the first day of the new £2 stake on the Fobt’s which won’t make any difference at all to how people gamble. The bookmakers will tell you it does and will be trying everything in their power not to pay as much media rights money. It will be fascinating to see how it all evolves.


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