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

An eventful morning was had by all

Monday, 17 March 2014

"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer."


Putting Crystal Pearl through her paces

After a cool start, the temperature has started to rise and it is going to be a glorious day, very similar to the weekend weather we have just had. I think it is forecast to be like this until the end of the week, when a small band of rain will be coming across from the Atlantic. The ground will really be starting to dry up now and we can get on and do field work at the stud. This is imperative at this time of the year, as it helps promote the grass growth and keep the turf in great condition.  We have had a bit of a mixed morning with one or two loose ones. It is Monday morning so you can expect a bit of excitement on these days, but no harm was done to either horse or rider. The horses keep progressing, especially in their coats, which will be flying out with this warm weather.

Walking back home

Cheltenham is over for another year, with all the thrills and spills which come with it. There was a dramatic finish to the Gold Cup with a great result for Jim Culloty. It just shows what I have been saying all week, this game is very unpredictable and if you are not in it, you can’t win it. The highs and lows were best shown by Davy Russell who, after loosing his high powered job, got the chance, just by circumstances, to ride a treble on the last day, two of them for those owners. Our tipping competition was exciting to the end and luckily I came out victorious with only minus £2.73, which after having a bet on every race of a tenner win, was pretty good I think. My opponents didn’t do too badly really but they will have to try harder next time.

       28_ex_Battery_Power_14     33_Battery_Power__foal
                                                       Battery Power and her Azamour foal 

Our two runners didn’t fair too badly at Fakenham on Friday. Akula could never get into the contest and I don’t think the course suited, if it did he needs further around the tight Fakenham track. My Guardian Angel ran a cracking race and was just beaten by a well handicapped horse on the day. He is a most brilliant jumper and honest as the day is long. I think we will keep him hurdling for another season, but what a chaser he will make if taken to the bigger obstacles.

        51_Astrolibra__foal     57_Astrodiva__foal
                Astrolibra and her Medicean foal                  Astrodiva and her Aussie Rules foal

Just a pointer to muse on. Why can’t we get races started over jumps without false starts, especially at the big televised meeting like Cheltenham? It looks amateurish that the starter and the course can’t organise it properly. I hope the BHA have a proper look into this and either bring in new mechanisations, or new fines that mean something to the jockeys and sort it out for the benefit of all.

       74_Diverting__foal     79_Twelfth_Night__foal
     Diverting and her Footstepsinthesdand foal            Twelfth Night and Aqlaam foal