Horse welfare is paramount ...

Big Bucks ran a great race

Monday, 27 January 2014

"A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain."

Arabian Proverb.

Prayer Time (Pastoral Pursuits ex Nice Time)

It’s another really wet morning and the wind has certainly got up which makes it even cooler out on the heath. I didn’t think it was quite so busy there first thing but I would think a few of the strings who come over from racecourse side, decided to stay closer to home, rather than risk the ice on the walking grounds, plus a long exercise in the wet was not an exciting prospect. It is still only January and we are a long way off the turf season.

Dutch Art ex Sosumi and Lexi Grady Alice

As I suggested on Friday, the weekends racing was marvellous, although on very heavy ground. It was great to see Hurricane Fly wins his 19th Group 1 and what guts he showed. He has had an interrupted preparation and the trainer wasn’t happy with him during the week. I think the picture of him on page three of the Racing Post today at the last hurdle, says it all. His head is down and he tries his heart out. Big Bucks, I thought, ran a great race and just got tired. He still will be the one to beat come March in the staying hurdle.

The three senior members of staff at Exeter Ride

The old saying ‘it never rains, it pours' was certainly the case with mine and Angie’s mishaps recently, and I read today, that Henrietta Knight has broken her right ankle and two bones in her leg and has had an operation to screw and plate it back together. Her late husband Terry Biddlecombe, who only recently died, would have been sympathetic but also would have taken the mickey out of her, as she was shooing geese at the time. We wish her a speedy and quick recovery. They don’t make them like these two anymore.