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The fillies need some sun

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

"Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things."


Topamichi (Sam) walking through the trees

We had another 20mm of rain last night and it is still going this morning, although it has now become a drizzle rather than a torrent. I have given all the horses a good long exercise this morning, right round Side Hill and then over what I call the red wall and back along by the Town Canter. A good hour and 20 minutes and they will all tuck straight into their second feed of the day.

Prayer Time leading the string through the drizzle

It was a good maiden that Topaling ran in yesterday at Lingfield and she beat a couple home. She has now had the runs to gain a handicap mark, which will be on the low side. It should give us a chance to win some races once I can work her correct trip out. She certainly needs to strengthen up and a good spell of sunshine, especially for the fillies, would help.

Lexi Grady Alice (Tom)

What makes Juddmonte, Khalid Abdullah’s racing operation, so successful? That was the question posed to three industry figures in the Racing Post today. The one thing that comes flowing out of it is that he was loyal and gave his horses time to mature. He definitely has the wherewithal to purchase the best, which he has done, especially the blood lines, he has been able to use the best stallions and this operation is without doubt the best run one in the world. It constantly produces the goods.

Astrocat (Sinead)

We have had a couple of what can only be described as van dwellers parked on Warren Hill for a few days now. I hope it doesn’t start a trend and that the Jockey Club staff can soon move them on. We had an encampment several years ago at the bottom of the hill, hence everywhere is now fenced in, but the car park where these two have pitched their lot is open to everybody. I will keep you posted.