A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

A very Happy New Year to everyone

Friday, 03 January 2014

"Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day."

Michael Josephson.

Astrovirtue and Swilken cantering

I hope everybody had a very Happy Christmas and that you saw the New Year arrive in a positive way. We were welcomed back to the yard with a very wet, cold, dark, windy morning. I am sure all my staff have enjoyed their few days off and are now raring to go for the new season. There are plenty of things to be done, new work practices and sorting out the building work, being my number one priorities in the first month of the year.

My Guardian Angel and Zenarinda

We have been out cantering with most of the older horses, and although it was very dark at first lot, if you know what you are doing, everything goes smoothly. How an alien to Newmarket could understand what was happening is debateable, but the residents just get on with it and everything runs like clockwork.

Walking home after exercise

We have got two runners tomorrow at Lingfield. Zenarinda runs in the 11.50 and Astrovirtue in the next at 12.20. Zenarinda badly needed her run last time and should run much better this time. Astrovirtue improved from his first run when he ran a month ago at Kempton. We are upped in trip tomorrow and although I don’t think he will be sharp enough to get involved, he will run respectably. Ben Curtis takes the ride on both. We will be giving him a few chances this spring, in the hope that he can establish himself, having come over from Ireland, where he was second jockey to John Oxx.

Washing down the legs

Our two-year-olds continue to progress. We are now on their backs and they will soon be trotting and cantering around the school in a string. They will all be clipped right out and I must say I am very pleased with what I have seen so far. There will be pictures of the ones for sale up on the site as soon as the clipping has finished. There will also be shares in some older horses, which should give plenty of fun at a higher level.