The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

All the horses are fresh and well

Monday, 14 July 2014

"Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see."

George W. Russell.

Blue Bounty (Heather) leading Hold Firm (Tom) and Prayer Time (Emilie)

After all the rain we have had for the last four or five days, it is quite nice to have a bright sunny morning. The temperature is just a perfect working one, although looking at the paper this morning it said that England was going to be warmer than Barbados. We have been out cantering on Warren Hill and then round Side Hill and although Warren Hill was quite busy with strings going everywhere, all went to plan. The horses are fresh and well and typical of a Monday morning when they have had a day off on a Sunday, they were jumping and kicking round the school in their pre-canter trots.

Lexi Grady Alice (Heather)

Our runner yesterday was slightly disappointing. He travelled and jumped well for a long way, but when asked to quicken up and get involved, he found very little. Maybe we ought to go right handed with him in future, as some horses jump and gallop better going one way or the other. I will be looking for some right handed tracks for him from now on.

Topaling (Sophie)

There is still plenty of chat about the big Saturday meetings that have just gone on. Unfortunately none of the racecourses will want to change their fixtures and I can feel this matter continuing on for another few years yet. The only chance we ever have is if we had centralised race planning, which I always advocated and have been bashing on about for years. However, the racecourses now have control of these fixtures and just purely do it to suit them, which is what has happened with the weekends jumble.