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

Can racing get any better than that

Monday, 28 April 2014

"The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology."

Red Auerbach.


It’s an overcast morning, but the temperature has kept up well and there is no wind. It has been  busy already today, what with a runner going off early to Kempton, one or two things to sort out in the yard, exercising the horses and me trying to arrange to get off to Garrowby, to have a look around up there. It has been busy but productive.


We have one runner today at Kempton. Astrovirtue runs at 1.40, the 1m 3f handicap. I have been waiting to try and get him on the turf, but with the ground mostly on the soft side everywhere, we have been forced to run him once again on the artificial. I think he will be much better on a fast surface, over a mile and half. All his siblings have been similar but he is the biggest and nicest of what the mare has produced. I am sure he will love some hurdles in due course as well. Mikael Barzalona has his first ride for us today and Steve will be fluent in French by the time he comes back tonight. Let’s hope he runs well, for once one of ours has a good draw. I would like to think it is a start of a lucky streak.

Prayer Time and Hold Firm

Talking of France, what a fantastic race we witnessed yesterday in the Prix Ganay. Cirrus Des Aigles and Treve gave us a race to saviour and remember, as they battled down the straight. It was fantastic to see Cirrus out battle the filly, even more so because he was by our very own Even Top. He was a fantastic horse who was beaten the shortest of short heads in the 2000 Guineas for us, and ran some great races afterwards. He was a lovely looking horse, very dark bay, nearly black, was sound throughout his career and was a pleasure to train. He started off his stallion life in Ireland and then moved to France, hence this top class racehorse of yesterday. It is such a same he is now dead, as he would have been inundated with mares after this. I am sure Treve will bounce back, especially on better ground, but you will have to go a long way to see a better race than what we witnessed yesterday.