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An overcast morning and we have had some rain

Wednesday, 04 August 2010



Gary, Mike and Derek of Sound Mouth Ltd.

''There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them.''

- French Proverb


Derek starting to do Ted Spread's teeth with Gary looking on

An overcast morning and we have had some rain at long last through the night. We are also forecast to have some more later on today - let's hope they are right. It is still not enough to get on the grass but it is better than nothing. The teeth men, pictured above, have now finished their job, both in the yard and at the stud and have flown off to Ireland today to do some yards over there; they are going to fit in a visit to Garrowby in the next month, when they are up at Malton. 


Omokoroa (Colin)

A normal cantering morning with a good walk and trot, followed by a canter, a nice pick of grass and a gentle walk in; that is the routine for most of them today. We have taken five two year old fillies to the stalls to give them a bit more experience before they run in the near future ( see picture further below). 


Kathleen Frances and Kinsya ridden by the brothers, Smith-Eccles

Two runners tonight at Yarmouth. Izzet runs in the 6.20 pm , the 7 furlong maiden. He came back from his run at Newmarket, covered in spots, which we have had to treat and have taken ages to recover, so tonight's run will be like his first all over again and I do not expect him to be in the shake-up. I am sure a lot of this ringworm-type rash that trainers keep getting comes from the racecourses, whether it is in the stables themselves, the starting stalls or the girths that are used. It is one of the questions that is always being put forward. I am positive the starting stalls are not disinfected or cleaned on a daily basis or even at any time other than when out of use during the winter. As for the stables, sometimes you don't know what horse has been in there before you and the bedding and stable may not even have been moved between horses and certainly not disinfected . Cost is a reason we are always being given but it certainly sets you back several weeks when these outbreaks occur.
Fasette runs in the claimer at 7.20 pm, she is  a course winner and will like the softer ground but I cannot see anybody beating the favourite, Mercoliano, who we bred at Dullingham for Meg and has won twice for Marco Botti. That family like the soft and he should win again tonight, saying that we will be doing our utmost to win ourselves. 


Brushing (Nicki) and Astrovenus (Michelle)


Five two year old fillies prepare to break - Cat Island, Astromagick, Cotton Grass, Five Hearts and Battery Power (due to camera failure, the shot we wanted was lost!!)


A foal from the first crop of Babodana at the local show in Somerset 

Some great news concerning one of Flint Cottage's favourite horses, Babodana, who, as you know, stands at stud in Somerset, along with another favourite, Franklin's Gardens. These pictures show a foal from his first crop winning a showing championship in the West country. He looks, from the picture, a cracking foal and very similar to his father; if this is an example of the stock he is getting, we can expect him to have a great future at stud. I  will be looking to acquire some offspring from both stallions to race them over the next few years. 


The mare and foal being shown together