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A beautiful week ahead of us

Monday, 13 April 2015

"Those who wish to sing, always find a song."

Swedish Proverb.

Hold Firm (Yaz) leading Mr Turner (Leon)

Although it’s quite cold this morning with a frost, plus a very good dew on the ground, it is going to be a glorious day by about 11 o’clock. The forecast on last nights Countryfile was a bit mixed, but generally it’s a dry week with the temperatures certainly rising in the south, but much wetter and colder in Scotland. We have been on the turf on Warren Hill this morning with some of the horses, the rest have been up the Mactrac and the majority of the horses at Frankland Lodge have been cantering on Hamilton Hill. I will be moving horses about this week, with some backward two-year-olds coming in to be broken, some fillies going to have a month at grass and some more of  the team being moved up to Frankland Lodge. I need to clear some space from Exeter Ride so we can start to get sorted out for the future development.

Richard Farleigh, the owner of Four Miracles, with Chloe 

on the heath on Saturday

Once again the Grand National proved a show stopper and congratulations go to all the connections that thoroughly deserved their victory. It was good to see very few casualties and everything was dealt with very quickly. I think the Aintree authorities have now got these matters sorted out and running very smoothly. Our only runner of the weekend, Peeps, got a bit tired and needs further, but at least she is now handicapped and we can go down that route over a bit further in the future. I have mentioned before the very funny start to the flat season, with the race planning doing nobody any favours. We won’t get our string into full flight for at least two to three weeks yet. There is very little for the majority of horses at this time of year and a lot of the maidens are very unsuitable for most horses. I think a bit more imaginative race planning and conditions is what is needed at this time of year, but the powers that be seem to have none of either of the attributes.

The Makfi ex Seasonal Blossom filly foal

At last, at around 7 o’clock on Sunday morning, Seasonal Blossom had her foal. She produced a cracking filly by Makfi who was soon up and cantering round the box, driving her mother barmy. The mare is very proud of the foal, and so she should be as it really is a very attractive filly. We now have only two to go, but with nine fillies and only two colts, I hope these last two can come up trumps with a man or two.

Richard Marriott and I had our tipping competition on Saturday, which we did quite well with. This time we had Richard winning, but only by £10. It is amazing to think we had four horses each in the National and didn’t get one in the first four. It just goes to show the luck needed in this type of race.