Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A really fresh morning

Thursday, 29 July 2010



The three wise men!

''Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.''

 - Johann von Goethe


Brushing (Nicki), Astrovenus (Holly) and Astrodonna (Michelle)

A really fresh morning and a nice breeze and we have got rid of that mugginess that has been hanging around for so long. I think we had a little shower last night but it was well past my bedtime. At least the heath is starting to get back a bit of its greenness - I just hope we can have some proper rain, so we can start using the grass gallops again. Everything has had two good, healthy canters on the all-weathers and look in great form. 


Barwick pulls out second lot

Theola was a bit disappointing yesterday at Goodwood. The only reason we can think of, is she may have been in season and we will be having a blood taken off her this morning to check. Sometimes these fillies give you no indication that they are  in season other than a poor run - let's hope this was the case in this instance. If it was the reason, we can then keep a check on the dates and be sure not to run her when we have doubts. You can put these filies on to medication to help but I have never been a great advocate of this.

We saw a marvellous performance yesterday by Canford Cliffs and, I am sure, he will attract plenty of interest from the stallion men but it would be good if we could keep him in England - what about The National Stud?  


Comrade Bond (Liam), Barwick (Nicki), Old Boy Ted (Abbey) and Izzet (Zezhavz)


Darren and David give Mystery Star his daily swim

No runners from Flint Cottage today but we will be having several tomorrow at Thirsk, Haydock and Newmarket, followed by just the one at Newmarket on Saturday. The ground is always a big consideration with us and our late developing horses always come good in the autumn - I am sure this will be the case again this year.


Miss Wendy (Michelle), Lady Chloe (Colin), Battery Power (Maria) and Fasette (Wajid)