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Two new foals have been welcomed into the world

Monday, 09 February 2015

"Astrology is a language. If you understand the language, the sky speaks to you."

Dane Rudhyar.

The sunrise over Newmarket this morning

It’s cold, but bright today, with absolutely no wind at all. We have had a good morning with plenty of staff in, and the horses have all had a good healthy exercise. I have been a bit easier on the two-year-olds, as a lot of them had their flu jabs at the weekend. The strain we give them is a live one and their temperatures can be just up slightly for a few days. Cantering on Warren Hill and Long Hill has been the morning’s main exercise.

Trew Class with her Pastoral Pursuits chesnut filly foal

We had two foals at the weekend, one on Saturday night and one last night. Trew Class had a chestnut filly foal by Pastoral Pursuits, a half sister to several winners. She is a good size and very healthy, and Astromagick had her first foal, a bay filly by Lawman. She was soon up and sucking and was galloping round the box like a lunatic this morning when I saw her before coming into the yard. Both mothers are very good and they absolutely love their foals. We have got several others on the verge of bursting, so there should be some more news shortly.

Walking back from the top of Long Hill

Topaling’s winning run came to an end on Friday. Unfortunately the race was run very much against her, being very slow, and it all ended in a mad sprint. She still ran with great credit though and there are plenty more races to be won with her. I think I will give her a break for a few weeks now and get her ready to run on the turf early season.

Astrovirtue (Ali)

The big news of the weekend is the retirement at the end of the season of AP McCoy. There has never been a jockey like him in my lifetime. The outstanding thing about him is not only is he the best jockey you will ever see, he is a man that everybody likes. I can remember him riding me several winners and a few losers, but the feedback, care and understanding of the horses and the owners was unbelievable. I don’t know what his next move will be, but I am sure we have not seen the last of AP in our sport. There was a great comment yesterday from Ted Walsh. He had just been beaten in the Irish Hennessey from a power pack ride from the champ and he said “I wish he had retired yesterday!” It will now leave the door open next season, hopefully for Richard Johnson to get his first jockeys title. He has been the most unfortunate jockey in the world competing in the same era as such a star.