Horse welfare is paramount ...

Lots of horse movements this week

Monday, 23 June 2014

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."

Maori Proverb.

Carrying out work on the horse walks

It a bit overcast at the moment but the sun is trying very hard to get through and it is going to get gradually warmer as the day progresses. We have done our normal Monday morning exercise and everything seems to have gone without a hitch so far. 

Having a quiet walk back

It is the last week of our time at Garrowby and we moved 11 yearling fillies this morning back to Dullingham. We will be picking up four colts tomorrow and then it is only the final collection of tools and utensils at the end of the week. It will be much better with all the horses back in one place but I have really enjoyed our time in Yorkshire and would recommend the farm to anybody.

Enjoying a nice pick of grass

The five days of Royal Ascot finished on Saturday and I think crowds and takings were up, but TV viewing figures were down. I don’t quite know what more Channel 4 can do to attract viewers to watch the screen and I think it is just the channel the racing is on which has caused this problem. If it had been on BBC 1 or BBC 2, I am sure the viewing figures would have held up if not increased. I think the leaders of our industry who chose Channel 4, have got a lot of thinking to do.

The tipping competition results are through. By a very short margin, Richard has come out on top. I was in the lead until the very last race, which Richard won. Therefore for a £10 level stake on all races, Richard finished with -£109.73 and I was -£155.91. It was however a very close competition.