Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

It could have gone smoother

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Don’t be mean when you’ve had a bad day. Be nice, and your day will get better."

Terri Guillemets.

Cantering in pairs on the grass

It is slightly overcast this morning and cool, but once again there is no wind so it is not biting cold. We have had no rain yet, but it is forecast and I suspect it will be here by the end of the week. We have had a mixed morning, with things not going entirely smoothly and one or two outbursts have had to happen. We have been using the grass, mainly on Bury Side, which as I have told you is in great condition and the horses just bounce off the surface. We have got them all in very good form and we will be having some runners tomorrow on the all-weather.

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 Hold Firm and Prayer Time                                 Smile That Smile

I have been quoted in the Racing Post today as to why I love the Lincoln handicap and what it means to most trainers. It is a race that should still be in the spotlight, but with all the racing we have nowadays, it seems to get lost. It was the start of the flat season on turf and everybody used to look forward to it and the public would bet on the spring double, the Lincoln handicap and the Grand National. Everybody had a chance of winning it and the weights went from 7st 7lbs to 10st, but now they will go from 8st 12lbs to 9st 11lbs, which restricts the whole race and gives only a few people a chance. The top weight in this years Lincoln is rated 111 so the bottom weight is 98, so you can see what I mean. It has changed from the people’s race to being quite elitist, which in my opinion is what Great British racing is trying to do with the new championships. It cuts out the normal racing owner, jockey and trainer and only gives the top few a chance of winning. This to my way of thinking is the wrong way.

Pastroral Pursuits ex Trew Class filly foal

All the foals continue to thrive and the two we had over the weekend weighed in at 60 and 65 kilos respectively, which is a good weight for a foal. All this years’ crop are good sized, strong individuals and it all bodes well for the future, with four mares still to produce.