Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

A lovely, clean, fresh morning once again

Thursday, 05 August 2010



Chris Westlake, the farrier, shoeing Astroleo before his run today

''Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously...Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.''

 - Jane Austen


Marvo (Maria) and Brushing (Nicki)

A lovely, clean, fresh morning once again. We had a couple of good showers during the night, which will help the ground no end and the garden, the Heath plus the stud are now starting to look nearly normal for this time of year. Everything has been out to do a couple of canters up Warren Hill and both horses and lads are in great form.


     Power of Dreams (Ashley) and Astromagick (Nicki)

Today we have seven runners, six at Yarmouth and one at Haydock. The two we ran last night at Yarmouth, where the ground was just on the good side of good, ran slightly differently than what I hoped. Fasette never got involved and Izzet ran okay but it was like him having his first run again.


Miss Wendy (Michelle) and Locum (Liam)

We start at Yarmouth today in the 2.20 pm race, the 6 furlong maiden, where we have both Toparichi and Cat Island. It looks like the Willie Haggas trained Darej will be favourite and may know too much for ours. Toparichi ran well first time out at Doncaster but has had a long time off and may still need this run, Cat Island is a strong filly from one of our good families ( Steenburg, Thingemebob, etc),  she goes quite well but will come on a bundle for this her first run. Captain Clint runs in the 3.20, he has been placed a couple of times at this level and will be doing his utmost; he is genuine and, although this is only a small field, it is quite competitive. In the 3.50, we have Zenarinda, who has run well in all her starts and is sure to do so again today, she is set to get a stone off the top one and hopefully Darryll can get her into top gear in plenty of time. Astrodonna appears in the next, who carries top weight of 10 st. but she loves Yarmouth, has got Darryll on board, who hopefully will give her a perfect ride, is drawn well and I am hopeful of her being in the shake-up. And finally at 5.25, we run Astroleo in the 1mile 6 furlong handicap, he is another who likes Yarmouth and the trip is perfect so, if putting his best foot forward,  he can run a big race today.

Our other runner today is Cornish Beau in the 4.10 pm race at Haydock;  he is in tremendous form and  has been waiting for some ground which is better than firm - I just hope it has not gone completely the opposite for him. Philip Makin has his first ride for us and let's hope it is a successful one, you can make a case out for many of these in this race but we must have a chance if handling the sticky ground.


MHT getting the feedback from the riders

On a very sad note, I have to inform everybody that one of my very long-standing owners, in fact, he has had horses with me since I started thirty years ago, Sam Ellis passed away peacefully on Monday morning. All at Flint Cottage send our deepest condolences to his sons, David and Anthony and the family. Sam and his wife Dot were a perfect couple, who had led a marvellous life and were always full of amusing stories and so enthusiastic about racing and animals in general. We had many winners over the years (along with plenty of losers), which they took in exactly the same way, we will all miss him.