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An overcast morning and we did have a bit of drizzly rain

Tuesday, 27 July 2010




                 MHT and Steve Avery watching work with Steve, Adrian, Gary and Conrad               

''The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away, than what it leaves behind.''

 - William Wordsworth


Barwick (Colin), Colzium (Simon Pearce) and Toparichi (Ashley)

An overcast morning and we did have a bit of drizzly rain for about an hour last night, which dampened the dust but nothing else. Plenty of visitors this morning to watch work, which went well. All we are doing at the moment is keeping the horses in good, healthy condition, fit and ready to run when the right ground comes along. 


Kathleen Frances (Butch) and Brushing (Nicki)

Very firm ground yesterday at Yarmouth and my doubt about running Piccarello back so quickly was correct. He hung badly on the firm ground but has come back in one piece and will now have, hopefully, got a sensible handicap mark, so we will leave him for the back-end nurseries. I think there will be quite a few winners come out of this race, despite what the Racing Post says about it.


           Astrovenus (Holly) and Astromoon (Liam Jones)

The first day of Glorious Goodwood and three Group races to look forward to, starting with the Gordon Stakes at 2.45 pm. This is always, historically, a St. Leger trial race and it will be of interest to us at Flint Cottage with Ted Spread being aimed at the St. Leger in September. We then have the Lennox Stakes over 7 furlongs and the Molecomb over the flying five at 4.00 pm. Goodwood is a bit of a specialist racecourse with plenty of ups and downs and sometimes horses just do not handle it. If you have never been, make sure you make an effort to go sometime, as it is an absolutely glorious racecourse - without doubt one of the best in the world. 


Old Boy Ted (Simon Pearce), Munro's Dragon (Liam Jones) and Izzet (Ashley) 


23-7-34  Plenty of entries for the 'What do you call a group of Heathmen?'      competition and the winner is Steve Vaughan, who came up with, along with  one or two others and one on a lucky dip, a thicket of Heathmen. If Steve  would like to e-mail us his address, a Flint cottage goodie will be coming his  way and thank you to everybody who took the time to enter, even if a few  were unprintable!




Colzium enjoying a good hose down after working

As everybody knows, the football season is fast upon us and this year Sheffield Wednesday have descended into the first division and are on the brink of liquidation, like so many other clubs. The consequence of players' wages and the appearance of agents out of everywhere, in my opinion, has caused all the problems. Until we get a proper wages' cap, the problems will continue.

The Owls are in the process of selling some of the players who are still worth something from last years team, including the goalie, who is worth the most. The incoming players, who number about eight, are all on free transfers or loan deals; they have come from such exotic places as Preston, Wolves, Motherwell and Doncaster Rovers. Oh, for the team of Fantham, Springett, Kay, Swan, etc. -  they would have been in Europe now!