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

We are in the last at Southwell today

Thursday, 05 March 2015

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time"

Betty Smith.

Jumping off at the start of the canter

It’s a bright morning and slightly warmer than yesterday, but there is no wind which is the reason why. It was a very clear night, which meant a good ground frost to wake up to and the grass and polytracks were covered with a white sheen until the middle of the morning. We have had a normal busy start to the day with horses cantering, and so far everything has gone without a hitch. The only thing that has driven me mad is bureaucracy and box ticking from things outside our control, which just completely drives all businesses barmy. There are no good reasons for these rules and regulations we all have to accept and the quicker we get the EU sorted out, the better.

Singing Hinnie leading the way

We have one runner today at Southwell. Prayer Time runs in the 5.25, the 1m three-year-old handicap. He has had four tries so far without troubling the judge and I hope that today’s different surface might brings some improvement. He is not drawn the best in seven and you never know how horses are going to handle the fibresand until you run them on it. He came back very fresh from Chelmsford, hence only seven days between runs and there are not many opportunities to run at his handicap mark.

Colt foal by Mawatheeq ex Astrodiva

Thank goodness a colt foal at last. Astrodiva had a very strong and attractive colt at 6.13 last night. He was soon up and sucking and is a really healthy looking boy. We have Astrodiva’s first foal by Motivator, called Heavensfield, in training this year, which I am really pleased with. The yearling is a grey filly by Aussie Rules, who is developing all the time and will be coming into training in the autumn.  I think she is the first grey foal we have ever had on the stud after a lot of tries. 

We got the picture below yesterday, when the mares and foals were turned out in the nursery paddocks. We have three retired mares next door and it looked like a mothers meeting, with the matriarchs all discussing the new born foal. The foal itself was quite keen to show herself off to her admirers, but her mother quickly got her back under control and the meeting broke up. 

Mothers meeting

I see Richard Hughes is going to retire at the end of the year to take up training. He has been champion jockey for the last three years and has been a credit to his profession. I am sure Richard Hannon will miss him when he is gone. Training is in his blood and I am sure he will make a good go of his new career.