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It is a very busy morning out on the heath

Thursday, 10 April 2014

An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power

 of vision.

St Thomas Aquinas.


It’s a blue sky morning with no wind and the temperature is rising by the hour. A very relaxing cantering morning on Bury Side, with a quiet walk back and a good pick of Dr Green in the yard, has been the exercise of the day. It is great to have a quietish time, as it will soon get very busy with plenty of runners from mid month onwards.

It's busy on the heath this morning

There’s an interesting double page report on the medical row, which erupted over the Cheltenham festivals medical care last year, when Davy Russell was allowed to ride after having a collapsed lung re-inflated. These things are usually best kept in house, but the one thing I would say, is that everybody expects the doctors and vets on the racecourse to be of a very high standard and understand the injuries that both human and horses can get when racing at pace. They must also have the authority to stand jockeys down if there is any way of them endangering themselves by continuing riding. I am pleased to see this matter is now being taken very seriously. It will have concentrated lots of minds and I am sure it will never happen again.

All enjoying a pick of grass

I had a quick trip up to Garrowby yesterday to show some two-year-olds to a prospective new owner. The grass is really beginning to grow there and the place looks in great order. It will be a wrench to leave it this year, but nothing stays the same forever. We will re-group, with all the mares and young stock back at Dullingham, which will be much better from a logistical point of view.