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

The heavens have opened

Monday, 13 October 2014

"All was silent as before —
All silent save the dripping rain."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Sophie drying off Comrade Bond after exercise

It started raining last evening and has continued constantly ever since. It is still thundering down as we write this at 9.45. Everything that can go out has been out and had a canter this morning, which means only the older horses that don’t have a temperature. All the two-year-olds have got a bacterial infection with very high blood counts. To say this is frustrating is an understatement as they were just coming right, the ground was beginning to go in our favour and then they pick up this infection. The vet says it must have come from the races and we will just have to treat them with antibiotics and be very gentle with them. Any older horse we aim to run will be blood tested the night before and we will not take a chance on anything if it looks like trouble. You could jump off the cliff sometimes in this game.

Even the horses are wearing their waterproofs

It was good racing at the weekend with a great finish to the Cesarewitch and good to see Tom Queally get on board a big winner again. For some unknown reason he seems to have gone out of favour since Frankel and it just shows the ups and downs of horseracing once again.

The other thing to come out of the weekend is that Treve is to be kept in training to try and win a third Arc. Let’s hope she can do it as she is a fantastic filly and has been brilliantly trained.

Steve pumping out the flooded yard

The Champion’s weekend is nearly upon us but has been decimated by horses retiring. The ground will play a major factor in the results as it is sure to be soft at both Newmarket and Ascot. There wants to be a lot of soul searching into this date, as they were very lucky having Frankel the first year, but to my mind this sort of things is always going to happen every year as it is much too late on in the season. Our champion flat meeting really is Ascot and the whole week attracts the best horses worldwide. We have thrown a lot of money at Ascot and if they are not careful it will be for nothing. The Irish got in with their weekend in September, which would have been a much better date for us if they wanted to promote this sort of event. It will be interesting to see the repercussions although the racing will still be of a good standard, just without some of the major 2014 players.

Richard Marriott's winning trophy

I must congratulate Richard Marriott on his bid to be the leading novice entrant at the local shows in his area. He has really taken it seriously and his most recent attempt produced 15 wins from 20 classes entered. A great effort.