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A bit of rain this morning

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."

Henry David Thoreau.

Melo Pearl

It is a damp start once again and still raining as we write this. Hopefully it may clear up towards mid-morning. We have a good team of riders in and have been cantering on a variety of polytracks. So far so good. Tim has been on holiday for a couple of weeks so Gabor has been doing the early morning feed and I have been doing the evening one. Team work is of an essence in yards and we seem to have got this going well.

Having a pick of grass

I see that there are more meetings being called off because of the infestation of chafer grubs, which have already given Epsom and Chepstow problems and are now at Salisbury. The experts blame it on not having the right insecticide, which evidently was taken off the market because it was deemed unsuitable. There is one from America, but whether that would be health and safety legal is anybody’s guess. We never had these problem years ago and it is, in my opinion, due purely to the watering regime the racecourses are encouraged to do by the BHA. It makes the grass grow sideways and causes moss like patches. Evidently these bugs love the old plant material and the ground gets churned up, plus the birds come and scrape the turf trying to eat the grubs. It is nature’s way. I am sure if we stop watering we wouldn’t get this problem.

Astrostorm in his new home

Working at his new discipline

It is always great news to hear our old horses doing well in another discipline and the pictures below of are Astrostorm who ran several times for us before we found him a good home. He is now in Scotland and really enjoying life. If you look at our ‘where are they now’ section you will see so many horses that have a happy retirement and live their lives out in just as much luxury as they have in our yard.


The weather is unsettled for the next couple of days

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size."

Gertrude S. Wister.

On Southfields Round Polytrack

It’s a much cooler day and there is a good breeze as well. According to the forecasters we are in for a couple of days of mixed weather with a long band of rain coming from the Atlantic. We are luckier than the Americans though who look like getting hit with a massive hurricane very shortly. The horses have been on Southfields Round polytrack most of the morning and all has gone well so far. Everybody is in who should be in and the yard is ticking over well.

A gentle canter

Our three runners last night had mixed results. Melo Pearl showed up for a long way but I think she needs a mile in future as her mother stayed very well. She will now be handicapped which gives us a much better chance. Velvet Vision was very unlucky in that she got hampered when coming to get involved. She was not beaten very far and is one very much on the up. Ginger Lady was a bit disappointing as she was never going at any stage and I will have to go back to the drawing board with her.

Garrel Glen

We have had one or two horses come back from the races with runny noses. It is not a lot and you can soon clear it up with raceable antibiotics, but I am convinced, like most of my colleagues, that any virus or infection are spread at the racecourse stables where I am sure they do not have a disinfectant programme that works. There is so much racing that there is very little time to turn the stables round. I know for a fact that not all the bedding is removed, it is just shuffled about and the boxes cannot be disinfected between runners. This is one of the areas I would expect the BHA to come down hard on, but it is the courses responsibility and the cost and time factor is certainly against doing the job properly. This is why I have always campaigned for an all-weather track here at Newmarket as the majority of runners would not have to go into a different stable. This is what happens in America and Australia to a certain extent. It is so frustrating for everybody and not one trainer is immune from this when horses catch something from going racing.


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