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

Foaling for us has now finished

Thursday, 30 April 2015

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

Duke Ellington.

Astromajor (Veronika)

It's another cold morning and you needed to find a sheltered place out of the wind at both first and second lot if you were to keep from freezing. It's bright though, which falsely lures you into thinking it's a warm day. We have had an easyish morning just cantering on Hamilton Hill, where everything has gone to plan, well nearly. We did have one lad hit the deck, but no harm done and he kept hold of the horse. It just shows that they are mad fresh and well in themselves.

Astrovalour (Brian)

It was very firm ground yesterday at Pontefract, which Bracken Brae didn't like at all. However, I think she ran with credit in what was an above average maiden and when we get her on some softer ground and over a bit further, I am sure she will soon be winning races. She was still very green when in front, but the experience will have done her the power of good. She won the best turned out, which is always good for the lad. Swilken, once again, frustrated me. He pulled so hard that Jimmy couldn't get him settled and we may have to revert back to 6f and run him twice a week to get him to see sense. He looks like a sprinter, a great big strapping horse, but has a pedigree for 1m 2f plus, but if he doesn't settle, he will never get very far. He has the ability to do anything, which we have seen at home, but I must say he is one of the most frustrating horses I have had throughout my whole training career. I have got an idea or two yet, so as usual I won't be giving up quickly.

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Band Of Thunder, who arrived at the yard a couple of months ago, makes his debut for us in the 2m race at 2.35. He has been working nicely and has done several pieces of work. This is a learning expedition today, as he will be going back hurdling and chasing in the future. 

Humphry Repton (Jimmy) leading Prayer Time (Leon)

It's great to see Joseph O'Brien talking about being able to ride at 9 st again. I think the press shouldn't put any great pressure on him as he is only a young lad at 21, and this is the time of life that his weight will fluctuate widely. It will be marvellous to see him back riding the winner of a Classic and I wish him the best of luck. I think this weekends Guineas meeting will be run on pretty firm ground, as we have only had an occasional shower and I anticipate there being a few non-runners because of it.

The Pastoral Pursuits ex Mega colt foal born last night

Our last foal arrived last night, a big colt by Pastoral Pursuits out of Mega. He is a half brother to several winners and already looks the part. He is our fourth colt after all the fillies' we have had. At least now we have a field full and four good colts they are too. I must give praise to our stud groom, David, and our chief sitter upper, Aslam, who once again have done a great job during the season. There are always a few blips along the way, but if you run a professional stud like we do, with good vets, you can minimise the problems. Angie runs all this side of the business and as usual, her care and attention to detail has paid dividends. We can now all get back to normal sleep patterns and a few days away to recharge the batteries, is shortly on the agenda.