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A weekend spent at Garrowby

Monday, 31 March 2014

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

H.G. Wells.


It’s an overcast morning but quite mild. The birds were singing at first lot and so were the lads as they trotted round the indoor ride before going out to the heath. It all makes for good teamwork. The flat season will now have a lull until after the National. The Craven meeting, here at Newmarket, in mid April usually heralds the start of the flat turf season proper.

Crystal Pearl

We have just had a big weekend of racing with Doncaster, Meydan and what I think was a very good and informative card at Leopardstown. The World Cup in Dubai was its usual self, with congratulations going for the Brits to Jamie Osborne. However, the big talking point was the Tapeta track, which looks like it will be dug up and replaced shortly. It is a big decision as there have been few breakdowns on it. The unfortunate incident with Mars was down to him having a heart attack. If they revert back to the very heavy sand, you will get many more tendon and ligament injuries as you always did in the past. It is a very delicate situation but I am sure they will come up with the right result. Newmarket had the winner of the Lincoln, even if I tipped the wrong one and there were plenty of pointers for the future over in Ireland.


Our condolences go to the family and friends of Sharon Murgatroyd who died on Friday. She was an amazing lady who never let her disability from a fall get her down too much. She wrote books, poems and had a fantastic sense of humour. She was a great example to us all.

Stalls on Bury Side

I have just had a couple of days up at Garrowby, having a good look at the horses and the grounds. As you know, we are winding the operation down up there but there is still plenty to do and the yearlings look fantastic. We have got several fillies turned out for the spring grass that will benefit greatly from six weeks out. We have had tremendous fun and have really enjoyed having the place. Whoever takes it on will get a top class establishment, steeped in history, but with up to date facilities.