Horse welfare is paramount ...

We are starting to cover the mares now

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

"I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning."

Andy Warhol.

Walking back into the yard after exercise

It’s another bright and cold morning but no wind and it’s great to be out on the heath in weather like this. Let’s just hope it continues in this vain. Most of the horses have been up Long Hill polytrack this morning and apart from one little blip, all has gone smoothly. We have just had a visit from the water authorities, who are doing a check on all outside taps to see it they have got return valves on them. You just couldn’t make it up. What a complete waste of time and money. It must be another EU rule. Needless to say, we are ok and don’t have to buy replacement taps.

Emelie showing the way

Akula runs today at Lingfield in the “Jumpers Bumpers” at 4.10. He is the outsider of the five, according to the Racing Post, so it will be interesting to see if they are right. He has been waiting for some good ground over hurdles, which doesn’t look like materialising until July at the earliest, so this was an ideal race to run him in.

Washing down Astrovirtue

Johnny Murtagh has announced his retirement from race riding, to concentrate on training. He has been a great jockey and has been the go to man for a lot of the top stables on the big days. There don’t seem a lot of jockeys around who can replace him and his experience will be missed by many people. We wish him well in his new career.

Nancy basking in the sun

We are in full flight now getting mares covered both here and in Ireland. I am sure this better weather helps, as the mares feel much warmer and healthier. Let’s hope they all get in foal as quickly as possible and we can look forward to some early foalings next year.