A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Derby 2016 entries

Thursday, 11 December 2014

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings."

William Shakespeare.

Cantering on Warren Hill

It's a very dark morning with bands of heavy rain which seem to last for about fifteen minutes at frequent intervals. We were lucky at both first and second lot to find longer gaps which enabled us to get out and back without getting completely soaked. We have had a busy week exercise wise and today we have just been doing one canter up Bury Hill polytracks. Hopefully we shall have a runner tomorrow if the ground doesn't go heavy at Doncaster.

Astrowolf (Jess)

There is an interesting article today on gastric ulcers in the racehorse with all the pro's and con's for using the medication and why the BHA still bans it on racedays. It's very worth while reading, but in a nutshell there are some horses that can suffer from ulcers and the medication you give to them has to be out of their system for at least five days before they can run. I don't have any issues whatsoever with this ruling and cannot understand why people have a problem with it. All trainers are required to keep a medical record book of what treatments their horses have. So if this is kept up to date, as it should be, and the withdrawal time is adhered to there should never be any difficulty.

Legal Art walking out to exercise

The first entries for the 2016 Derby are published today which costs £500 at the entry stage. There is nothing more to pay until the spring of that year. There is a later supplementary entry which costs considerabley more, and looking at the entries it once again tells it's own story in that three or four owners have nearly 90% of the entries. We have one with the Nayef /Seasonal Blossom colt who is an absolutely cracking horse. Let's hope he can line up in June 2016.