A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

We were working between the banks this morning

Friday, 17 April 2015

"Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization."

Lincoln Steffens.


Working between the banks

It’s much cooler this morning and overcast at present. The peat moss gallops were open on racecourse side for the first time and we took first lot over to gallop between the banks. There was a good cover of grass and it rode well and can only improve for a bit more grass growth as the months go on. There are several maidens beginning to show the benefits of last years patience and we will be starting to have plenty of runners from next week onwards. All the rest have stayed on Hamilton Hill where they have done two good canters.

Smile That Smile (Sophie), Band Of Thunder (Sarah) 

and Bracken Brae (Jimmy)

Topamichi ran well once again last night to finish fourth. I think the surface is beginning to dry up now and they certainly need to get some re-waxing done as soon as possible. It has ridden on the soft, dead side most of the winter, but with the warm weather the surface has firmed up considerably. I will be giving Topamichi an easy time for a few days, let him have a good pick of grass after exercise and unwind. He has been very consistent all winter and deserves a short break.

Toparali (Reece) and Sant'Elia (Leon)

Once again the Classic trials didn’t go as many people planned and a few bubbles were burst. I don’t think we have seen a top class horse yet, or one that will win the Classics, maybe this weekend at Newbury will throw up something, but it is becoming the fashion now to keep your best horses to appear on the day rather than run in a trial. The big yards have so many similar types that they can run one which is down the pecking order and give the trainer a line on the form. We have no runners over the weekend so I will be watching with interest on the TV.

Mr Turner having a nice pick of grass

We have been moving horses about all week and the last piece of the jigsaw will fall into place today when three unbroken two-year-olds come out of the field at Dullingham and arrive at Frankland Lodge ready to start their education. I have turned some two-year-old fillies out, which need time and are going to grow, onto some good spring grass in Suffolk which gives us room to get these three in and going. I always think patience and time is the best thing for horses and once you have given it to them and they have matured, it is all down to them. They either have the ability to win races or not, but you must give them every chance and try everything you can to find the key. That means good stable management, good staff, good feed and then you need good luck.