It's Champions weekend ...

The gallops are in perfect condition

Friday, 23 January 2015

"The first step binds one to the second."

French Proverb.

The view across the Al Bahathri this morning

I think this morning is the hardest frost we have had this winter so far, minus six in places. Thank goodness once again there is no wind, as it would be minus 20 if there was in the wind chill. I was watching fast work from the tower half way up the Al Bahathri this morning, and I would be still there frozen to the spot if it had been blowing. Nobody had used the gallop when we arrived, and the frost was covering the whole surface. It just goes to show how good these all-weathers are as it was in perfect condition and the two I worked on it, purred up there. All the rest have had exercises on Bury Side polytracks or round the indoor ride.

Fresh ground on the gallops

I think Astrowolf wants to be seeing some hurdles, as he was outpaced yesterday and we will give him a go over eight or 10 flights. His brothers have done quite well over hurdles and if he takes to it, we will run him and see how he gets on. We have no runners over the weekend, but a few next week. At present I am busy getting horses back in from the studs and getting the final few broken in.

Legal Art (Jimmy Quinn) and Blue Bounty (Reece)

Put the flags up and blow the trumpets. It looks like Newmarket racecourse have finally seen the light and the July Cup will go back to it’s mid week slot, where it is much better suited and should always have been. I think it may be a bit of stick and carrot, as they want to move the Future Champions Meeting to a different date as well. I can’t see a problem with that and let’s hope the BHA agree to these new suggestions. It would certainly make that mad weekend in July much easier for everybody and the Magnet Cup at York, would regain its proper place as the headline race on that day.

Comrade Bond (Jess) leaving the indoor ride

There are still no foals on the ground, but you can’t blame the mares, as this weather seems to be getting colder and colder. We are only sending one mare to Ireland to be covered this year. She is going to Footstepsinthesand and will be lodging at Des and Mariann Leadon’s at Swordlestown Little Stud (, near Naas. The mares are being covered by a wide assortment of stallions this time, including some first season sires, Charm Spirit, See The Moon, Garswood and Duneden. It is always a shot in the dark with these new sires, but you can sometimes get very lucky. I can remember using Dansili the first season and we sold that colt very well. Let’s hope this year’s choice of stallions is all the right ones.