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We now have three foals

Monday, 10 February 2014

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

Mark Twain.

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Crystal Pearl and Topaling

It’s been a windy weekend but there was not as much rain as was forecast, and today it’s very mild and actually a great winter’s day. I am sure though, it is the lull before the storm and we will be in for it again during the week. I took a picture of a holly tree on the stud yesterday, which is still covered in berries, and if the old wives tale is anything to go by, we must expect snow and ice for a good period between now and May. Everything has been out and cantered this morning, all without mishap so far. There were a few loose ones but thankfully not our string. It is the time of year when the horses are fresh and the young ones are coming out onto the heath. It is all new and exciting and anything that moves seems to startle them. All good fun though.

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Holly tree at Dullingham

Another foal arrived on Friday night. Astrolibra had a colt foal by Medicean. It was all text book and for her first foal, it is a really nice one. He is quite a bright bay colour and was up and sucking in good time. The mare is one of my favourites and when she was in training, was always very genuine and consistent. I am sure she will pass on these attributes to her offspring. That is three on the ground now, two colts and a filly and Azure Mist looks like she will certainly foal some time this week.

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Astrolibra and her foal by Medicean

I see the sale of racing data is back on the agenda with most of racings stakeholders. This means, in simple terms, they want to charge the media and the bookmakers for the information they require. The income, they say, will be passed onto Great British racing. This is a very dangerous path to take in my opinion, as the newspapers are looking for any chance to reduce having to print the cards on a daily basis, as they take up so much space. Whoever thought this one up certainly needs to think again as we need all the publicity we can get. We don’t want to go the way that show jumping did many years ago.

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Taking a drink from mum

The result of last years FIVE-TO-FOLLOW competition was extremely tight and there were a lot of entries very close together, so much so that it went down to seconds and thirds in the end. Congratulations goes to Peter Brooke, from Ashford in Kent, who wins the share in whichever syndicate horse takes his particular fancy, when he comes to see them in the yard. Thank you to everybody for taking part. This year’s competition will run from the 1stMarch until the end of December 2014. The new list of horses will be on the competition page from then and everybody please have a go once again. It is a great prize, a year’s involvement with a full share in one of the horses.