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

Multitasking at it's best

Friday, 30 May 2014

"The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work."

Harry Golden.

Crystal Pearl (Darren) and Astrocat (Sinead)

It’s a mild morning with the forecast to stay like it for the next few days; in fact we may get a bit of sunshine as well. We had plenty of staff in this morning, so were able to give everything plenty of good long exercise and we ventured onto the Bury Hill grass for the first time this year. When they set off from there, they go out of sight over the hill and then turn in a big loop and appear again by the reservoir at the top of Warren Hill. It is one of those times you count them all out and you hope you count them all in when you see them again. On this occasion everything went well. We have also been on the grass on Warren Hill, which is in absolutely pristine condition.

Topaling (Joe) and Peeps (Glenn)

Only the one runner at the weekend, which will be Toptempo at Newmarket on Saturday, in the 5.15 p.m which is a 1m 7f handicap. I am going to give her one more chance over this longer trip. Last year she ran all her best races over 1m 4f and when we tried her over further, she was disappointing. However with the ground that suits, it is worth one more try to see if she does get this trip. I was pleased with her run at Goodwood and although this is a competitive little contest, I am hopeful of a reasonable run.

Going over the hill

There’s a great article on Geoff Wragg today in the Racing Post. What a gentleman Geoff is. Him and his wife Trish have always been good friends to Angie and I and his wealth of experience has been given freely to anybody who asked. He is still in good spirits and takes a keen interest in what goes on in Newmarket. When you read the article you will see how racing has changed these last 20 odd years. I suppose it is just life in general which has got much busier and you don’t have time to enjoy what you should do. The times away in Scotland or at the festivals has long gone, as you are now rushing backwards and forwards, stuck in traffic jams on the motorways. We must all be mad.

First time on the horsewalk for Astrovalour (Emilie) and Astromajor (Simon)

I was reminded of a situation this morning whilst out on the heath. I was watching horses, taking photographs and talking on the phone, at the same time. It brought back great memories of being a child. I was very friendly with some boys called the Uttleys, whose mother was the best multitasker I have every known. She could literally be sitting in a chair, reading a book, feeding the baby, watching the television, listening to the radio, cooking and knitting all at the same time. She was an amazing woman and she even found time to give us boys a telling off. Happy days.