Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

The rain puts paid to our runner today

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us."

Jean Paul Richter.


There is no wind once again this morning, which makes it very pleasant out on the heath. We have been doing steady canters, with a pick of grass on Warren Hill first lot and Side Hill second lot. The day has gone without a hitch so far, on the training side that is.

After exercise

We were hoping to have a runner today at Epsom, but with 25mm of rain yesterday and overnight, the ground has gone soft, good-soft in places. It may get slightly better as the day goes on, but this colt got lost in soft ground at Yarmouth last year. His mother loved fast ground and it would be a complete waste of time and energy to go on it today. There are plenty of races for him in the next week and we can get this nice colt out and give him another look at the track shortly.

To say I was disappointed about yesterdays runner is an understatement, and the least said about the ride it got, the better. There will be other days for this filly, which is a very nice horse in the making. I have trained most of the family and know their quirks inside out, so when I say we will see a better filly in time, I am sure I will be right.

Having a pick of grass

We are still waiting on three mares to foal, which is starting to get frustrating, but you can’t hurry nature and we will just have to let it take its course. All our foals so far have been good ones, and they are all thriving and developing as we would wish. You get some little niggling problems, but you always get those. We have had one or two blips getting the mares back in foal, but those stallions have proved to be pretty unfertile and we have had to change direction in mid stream. It all makes for an interesting life.