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

What a glorious morning

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

"A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world."

Leo Buscaglia.

Cantering on the Town Sand

It’s a perfect morning. We have sunshine, no wind and the temperatures are absolutely glorious for this time of year. The heath looked in fantastic shape as I took several perspective owners out with me to watch the horses canter second lot. On mornings like this, there is no better place to be. Everybody was in top spirits and all the horses looked a picture.

My Guardian Angel leading Topamichi and Swilken

We are now into full swing for the build up to the Aintree National on Saturday. If the weather continues like it is, the ground is going to be absolutely perfect for the race itself. They have had Aintree style fences built at several training centres around the country, so that runners could have a good school over the style of fence, before they see them on Saturday. We have always built a fence here at Newmarket in past years when we have had a runner from the town and other centres have now followed our lead which is a very good idea. Although the fences have been greatly modified over the years, they still take some jumping and the more you can school over them the more normal it will be on the day.

Astrovirtue and Toptempo on Long Hill polytrack

I see there is a Channel 4 programme on Thursday about the Northern Racing College and all the pupils on the starter course. It is completely different than the British Racing School here in Newmarket, although there are a few similarities and it will be interesting to see how it is put across. I will reserve my comments until afterwards.