The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

The two-year-olds are doing well

Wednesday, 08 January 2014

"The magnitude of life is overwhelming. Angels are here to help us take it peace by peace." Levende Waters.

Astrovirtue cantering

Surprisingly the weather is not too bad this morning. There is a bit of sun and the temperature feels a little warmer than of late, but this might have something to do with a drop in the wind. Listening to the forecast, whether on the radio or television, seems to vary a bit. Some are saying we can expect a dry day, whilst others are forecasting showers. I definitely hope the former is right. The rain is so depressing and just a little brightness cheers everybody up.


Watching from the window of the hut, yes I know we have it easier than those outside; it is fascinating to see the two-year-olds having a rider on their backs, some for the first time. Just being ridden round their box is a huge learning curve for these babies with each day bringing something new, but they are all coping really well with what they are being asked to do.


For the next three months there will be a number of British and Irish trainers concentrating on the bright lights of the Dubai Carnival, with their sights set on having a runner at the grand finale, on World Cup.  The first race meeting of the carnival commences tomorrow with over a dozen horses being represented by our home grown trainers. With the incentives and prize money so high, I am sure every trainer who has a horse rated high enough, would consider the very long plane journey over. It is also interesting to see how many of our jockey’s commute, some on a weekly basis, to ride at these meetings, all wanting to get on the best horses. Dubai definitely knows how to put on a show, where everybody within the industry will be tuning in with interest.