Horse welfare is paramount ...

Prayer Time made it look easy

Friday, 06 March 2015

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

M. Kathleen Casey.

Astrowolf (Reece) on Side Hill grass

It’s a much warmer day and the ground is drying out fast. In fact as we cantered round Side Hill on the grass at first lot, you would have called it perfect, good ground. Meg and Janine came up with John this morning and we had a great time watching the horses in training, seeing all the young stock and the new born foals, plus the old retired mares. It was one of those glorious days and the horses all looked a picture. It is fascinating to see them at the various stages of their life and development and next time we see them together, they will have all changed again. It is marvellous making plans for the future and there is so much enjoyment to be had from the breeding side of the business.

Sant'Elia (Yaz)

Prayer Time took to the sand at Southwell like a duck to water, after he condescended to go into the stalls. He is just a bit of a thug really and tries everybody’s patience, but once the race was underway yesterday, it was there for everybody to see that he was handling the track. Although it was a very poor race, he couldn’t have done it any easier. I hope he can go on from here and win a couple more. He was the first foal of Nice Time and the first homebred of Richard and Wendy Marriott, who breed and race under the Sarabex banner and I know it gave them a tremendous thrill. The whole stud always gets a boost when we have winners and they are coming thick and fast nowadays. Long may it continue.

Saying hello to the old grandma mares

There was another bookmaker announcing raised profits yesterday, with the Betfair results coming out. The shares pushed up to over £20 per share and it looks like the new Chief Executive has got things on the right track. The firm last night was valued at £1.65 billion and the racing industry must have helped to put it where it is. Let’s hope some of the powers that be take notice and can all work together to get some of the profit and income coming back into the industry.

Astrodonna and her Havana Gold foal

We won’t have any runners this weekend and with Cheltenham just around the corner, the anticipation is getting higher and higher. I will be having my annual competition, trying to find winners in every race next week and if last years form is anything to go by, I am a clear cut winner already!