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Two foals in one night

Monday, 05 May 2014

"Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them."

Bill Kelly.

Crystal Pearl leading Lexi Grady Alice and Peeps

It’s a blue sky morning and I am told the temperature is going to be nearly 20 degrees by midday. The forecast for the week is for similar, with a few showers as the week goes on. We have been out cantering on the heath this morning, which is very quiet, but so is the whole town as it is another Bank Holiday Monday. I don’t know where all these public holidays come from. They are never holidays for racing people as the staff work them, but have a day off in lieu. All has nearly gone to plan this morning, only one loose one, which entailed me having to run across the heath to catch it, with the help of Luca Cumani. We have pictures below to prove it, taken by Ed Dunlop who I gave the camera to whilst I was in full flight. The filly took a little bit of catching but no harm done and is now back safe and sound.

    56_Loose_one      59_MHT_running
                                                                              Loose one!

We had two good Guineas, with exciting finishes both times. It just goes to show that horses can be missed at the sales, as the winner of the 2000 Guineas only cost 32,000g from Book 1 at Tattersalls. Everybody must have seen it but he can’t have gone on any lists, as he sold for well under his sires nomination price. He was also out of a Galileo mare. The 1000 Guineas was won by a good filly who will stay even further, and we will see a lot more of her. The only down side of the weekend was the split in the colts Classic, when two groups were wide apart. It never makes for a satisfactory race. They persist in putting the stalls in the centre of the course and sometimes you will get this, as jockeys decide, or horses decide for themselves, which way to go. I don’t think there is an answer to this question, other then put the stalls on one side of the other.

Walking home after exercise

We had two foals last night. Our last two mares produced on the same evening. Missoula had a dark bay Authorized colt at around 10.15 p.m. and then Nice Time produced a bay colt by Aussie Rules at 12.15 a.m. We will have photos of both tomorrow. This concludes our foaling for the year and for once we have got more colts than fillies.

Adjusting their irons

Our runner at Goodwood on Saturday, Toptempo, was a bit outpaced early on, but stayed on really well in the straight to finish 5th. She will get a little bit further and I think 1m 6f will be ideal. However, it was a good debut for the year, and on ground that she likes, I am sure we will be adding to her tally this year.