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Another overcast, showery morning

Thursday, 12 August 2010



Astrolibra (Liam) giving Captain Clint (Dan) a good lead over the practice jumps yesterday 

''The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.''

 - Bertrand Russell 



Captain Clint (Dan) pops the schooling hurdles 

Another overcast, showery morning and we have had a couple of really good downpours, which I am delighted about. I only wish it was nationwide, as my three travelling boys who are in varying places of the country today are telling me a very different story. The horses have been cantering up Long Hill grass, which is riding in great shape this morning. 


Khaled - yardman and vital cog in the Flint Cottage wheel

We were delighted with the performance of Kathleen Frances yesterday at Yarmouth. She was given a good ride by Ashley and watched by her owner-breeder and our yard sponsor, who was actually there at the conception of this filly, Russell Trew. He was accompanied yesterday by one of the all-time legends of the football world, Alan Devonshire. Kathleen Frances was always well-placed, took it up in the straight and was not hard pressed at all to win with ease. She has a very similar profile to her mother, who progressed well at three and four and I can see this filly doing the same. 


Red Barcelona (Liam) and Ted Spread (Colin)

Four runners today, starting with two at Beverley, where Iain says he is sitting in a T-shirt and the ground is on the fast side. Miss Wendy runs in the first, the mile and an half seller, in which she has the ability to get involved but would prefer it on the easier side, so we are just hopeful. No Rules runs in the 2 mile handicap at 2.50 pm and is another that would prefer easier ground but has been turned out since his last run over hurdles and this run will put him spot-on for a good autumn campaign; saying that he has been working nicely and Ashley takes a valuable 5lbs off his back. Cornish Quest runs in the first at Salisbury, where David tells me it is warm with no rain but the ground is perfect. Cornish Quest ran well first time out but has not run for over 2 months because he was another that got the ringworm/spots all over him. I think the trip will suit and he could finish in the first four again today, if putting his best foot forward. Tonight at Stratford, we run Astrolibra in the mares' novice hurdle, where Steve says it is raining and he has got his coat on but this will suit us, as it will just help the ground a little bit. I gave her a little pop over hurdles yesterday for her confidence, as they went much too quick for her at Market Rasen last time and this looks a much more suitable target today. She has been very consistent over hurdles and I don't think she will be far away tonight. 


Dazinsky (Nicki) and Barwick (Liam)


Butch and Smokey Oakey lead the string home