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It looks like we will be having stormy weather for Christmas

Thursday, 19 December 2013

"In the end, success is not about who you know, it's about you know who."

Robert Brault.

My Guardian Angel leading the way

There was a big storm last night with high winds and driving rain. Fortunately there were no trees down at the stud and it is a very clear bright morning now. In fact, as the light has come up, it has got colder and colder. Just hearing and reading the weather forecast, it looks like we are in for a band of cold weather and a few more of these storms over the holiday period. Everything continues as normal in the yard with the older horses cantering and the yearlings learning their new trade.

Dutch Art ex Sosumi sticking her tongue out

Our runner yesterday, Zenarinda, surprised me at how unfit she was, and although not beaten miles, she will improve dramatically for this outing. For anybody who lost money on her, I can assure you, you will have a much better run next time, which will not be too far into the distance.

My throw away tipping came off spectacularly yesterday with a winner and a dual forecast coming up at Ludlow. David Ashforth’s grab a grand grew a bit when he got lucky with one in the 12.50. If you read the article, he says he backed the wrong one on course, but pressed the right numbers on his Betfair account. I know it can happen and it is Christmas.

Lexi Grady Alice

It is great to see that the Jockey Club racecourses are putting up their prize money once again in 2014. It has now gone up to over £42 million and it must be a great incentive for all of us trainers to support these tracks as much as we can. In fact we must support all the tracks that have signed up to the prize money agreement and think very carefully about supporting the ones who don’t. There ought to be a very good reason for horses going to the non-registered tracks.

For anyone interested in breeding, Tony Morris’ bloodstock world article makes fascinating reading. It is all about the scientist and what they can bring to the breeding industry and how it has evolved since 1865, when an Augustinian Monk delivered a lecture on plant breeding. There is plenty of food for thought in this article for the future.