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

Eight down, two to go

Friday, 25 April 2014

"Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make

 them all yourself."

Alfred Sheinwold.

Swilken cantering through the mist

It’s a very damp and misty morning, with heavy rain showers forecast to continue during the day and then over the weekend as well. As we write this, it is pounding down on the roof of the hut, which always magnifies the sound for the workers inside. A wide assortment of canters has been used this morning for the horses, as they have all been doing different things and despite the weather, it has all gone quite smoothly.

Blue Bounty

I have been up since just before 2 a.m. this morning, as the night watchmen at the stud phoned us to say Four Miracles was starting to foal. She produced a colt foal by Authorized approximately half an hour later. He is a good size and a strong sort, who was soon up and sucking from his mother, who had very good colostrums and plenty of it. She is always a bit quick to get up after foaling but loves the foal, and along with her first foal, which is in training this year (Hold Firm), she has a Sir Percy yearling and now this Authorized colt. As I said to Richard Farleigh, the owner, you soon start collecting them. We have got only two left to foal, one of which I think will not be too long in having hers, possibly this weekend.

Colt by Authorized ex Four Miracles

I mentioned yesterday about the all-weather tracks and I see the BHA made no decision yesterday over whether they will be allocated fixtures in the future. The BHA board met to discuss it, and as normal they said an announcement would be made in due course.

I see Wetherby racecourse is looking to trial flat racing at their course during the season. I would have thought this would have been the ideal place for an all-weather track, and I could never believe that when they redid the surface a few years ago, this was not suggested then. It is right on the A1, not far from all the northern training centres; it is flat and would be the right circumference for a proper all-weather racecourse. A straight mile at Newcastle or a tight track like Catterick are both not ideal. You would have thought somebody would have had the brains to think of Wetherby.

The heathmen busy on the gallops

Have a go at our Five-to-Follow competition over the weekend, as entries will close by the Guineas weekend.