Horse welfare is paramount ...

At last Battery Power has her foal

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

"Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the

 end of their own arm."

Sidney J. Phillips.

Astrocat, back from her winter break

We have a good covering of fog this morning which is making it difficult to see where all the strings are. You can only see around 50 yards in front of you and it is mornings like this that the yellow florescent jackets are imperative. Crossing the roads has to be done carefully and knowing where the tractor is on each gallop is also quite difficult. So far so good as far as we are concerned, although I did help out one lad who had lost his tack and was in some trouble trying to get it back on. We soon got him sorted out and back on his way.

Lexi Grady Alice, watching proceedings

At long last Battery Power has had her foal. She had been restless during the afternoon and had started to wax up well. She really got into gear around 7 o’clock. Being a maiden you can never tell how things are going to go, but this family have usually been brilliant mothers and everything went smoothly. A good size filly foal by Azamour appeared which was soon up and having a good suck. Both mother and daughter are doing well. The mare will be visiting Nathaniel this year, so will get every chance of improving the family even more.

       Battery_Power     Battery_Power_2
                                                       Battery Power and her new foal

A great start to the Festival with some very exciting racing and, as usual, plenty of stories. Our tipping competition is still wide open as there was no big winner to surge ahead on the first day, in fact I was doing very well until a 9/1 winner was found. Our selections are below and the day is anticipated with great excitement once again.


1.30  Red Sherlock  2.05  O’Faolins Boy  2.40  Indevan  3.20  Arvika Ligeonniere  4.00  Duke of Lucca 
4.40  Ballyglasheen  5.15  Killultagh Vic


1.30    Faugheen  2.05  Le Bec  2.40  Clerk’s Choice  3.20  Sire De Grugy  4.00  Star Neuville  4.40  Orgilgo Bay  5.15  Black Hercules


1.30  Lieutenant Colonel  2.05  Smad Place  2.40  Whisper  3.20  Captain Conan  4.00  Big Shu  4.40  Ivan Grozny  5.15  Modus

Standing after first day
Richard plus £30 
MHT minus £7.73
Rebecca minus £70