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

The foaling season will be in full swing before we know it

Friday, 10 January 2014

"Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light.  All other impossibilities are optional."

Robert Brault.

Pastoral Pursuits ex Nice Time

After a very clear night we were expecting a hard frost, but that thankfully didn’t materialise, although it is very cold. It is now a bright blue sky morning and we have been getting on with the new two-year-olds well. They are trotting round the indoor ride in a string and all are behaving like little darlings.

We have no runners over the weekend and I can’t see us having any jump runners until the ground really starts to dry out. It is forecast heavy at most courses for at least the next week and when they say heavy, it means in reality, completely unraceable. 

Receiving a helping hand

We are starting to get geared up for the new foaling season, with four mares already in the foaling boxes where the sitting up team will swing into action very soon. We are also moving mares down from Garrowby, to come in under lights and start their swabs for the new covering season. The ones that are going to Ireland to be covered will be on their way shortly. We always like to have them over there in plenty of time to get settled into their new environment. It is amazing how this circle comes round so quickly every year.

Royal Applause ex Missoula under the watchful eye of Bob the cat

I have managed this morning, as it is a bright day, to get a picture of the new two-year-old colt by Refuse To Bend, who we are syndicating this year. He is the first foal of Four Miracles, who was a marvellously genuine consistent mare for us a few years ago. He is a compact, strong colt, who I would highly recommend. Please give Jenko a ring to arrange a viewing. See our syndicate section of the site for further details.

Champs Elysees ex Azure Mist in the indoor school

I see the sectional times issue continues again today in the Racing Post, with another double page spread and five expert opinions on the next page. For the life of me I can’t see why we can’t have a clock on the TV screen start as soon as the stalls open and then stop as soon as they cross the line. It must be the easiest and cheapest way, as cost is the big issue here. But what really is a sponsor going to get out of a timing system. It would be interesting to see how this all develops.

Refuse To Bend ex Four Miracles

We have several mares which require good homes. They would make good riding horses or could continue as broodmares. If anybody is interested, please give the office a ring or email for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it