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

Will My Guardian Angel get in the frame today

Friday, 27 June 2014

"The years teach much which the days never knew."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Crystal Pearl (Joe) leading Peeps (Emilie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Tom)

Its overcast at the moment and the temperature has certainly dropped overnight. There were plenty of puddles when I got up this morning and it does look as if we had a downpour during the night. It will only have done good.  We have been using Side Hill, Long Hill, Warren Hill and the Town Canter, plus I sent one off to the Al Bahathri on its own, to do a good spin up there. It has been one of those busy mornings, with plenty to do.

Smile That Smile (Sophie)

Our runners yesterday didn’t cover themselves in glory. The two-year-old certainly got stage fright and behaved like a spoilt child all day. He will be having another run as quickly as possible and is already entered up, again at Yarmouth and also at Epsom, next week. He will definitely be ok, but you wouldn’t think so after yesterday. Swilken, once again, pulled too hard even with a cross noseband and ring bit on. I think I have got the trip out of my mind now, as being by Halling I always thought he would stay very well, but he has speed and we will revert back to 7f and a mile. We may make him two stone lighter, which is also something we will consider for the two-year-old as well. 

Our runner today, My Guardian Angel, is already a course winner and I am hoping he can run well this afternoon and fly the flag for Exeter Ride. He is in very good form and will be out over hurdles in two weeks time.

Bracken Brae (Heather)

I am delighted to see the BHA have brought in a zero tolerance for anabolic steroids. I just wish we could get this worldwide, but I very much doubt we can. The added addition of overseas runners being her for 14 days to be tested is relatively sensible, but if you are from North America and have been having these growth hormones from birth, you are already twice as big as a normal horse that has not had them. They are undetectable in the blood and urine after a withdrawal period, and the idea of taking a hair sample, which shows for a much longer period, must be brought in quickly. However, they do state that they are not confident that the hair samples could be used for prosecution purposes. This way must be sought with all urgency, as it will stop the cheaters earlier.

Blue Bounty (Sophie) walking home

It is the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday, along with Chester, Newmarket, Windsor, Doncaster and Lingfield. Where the jockeys will be, is anybody’s guess, but with good races at Newmarket the top boys will be there. This is very disappointing for the northern crowds, who love to see the star jockeys. My tip, for what it is worth, is Totalize each way.