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

Coolmore did it again

Monday, 04 May 2015

"In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen."

Mehmet Murat ildan.

Topamichi (Frankie)

It’s an overcast day with no breeze and the temperature is holding up. It’s one of those clear air days, if anybody can understand that phrase, and very good to work in. We have been out using Hamilton Hill with all the horses this morning and apart from a bit of excitement when one got loose in the yard at second lot, and proceeded to avoid capture for quite a while, everything has gone smoothly. We will be having runners from the middle of the week onwards and as they are now all coming up to race fitness, both horse boxes will be doing plenty of miles in the near future.

Sant'Elia (Leon) and Prayer Time (Niall)

Coolmore came up trumps and did it again over the weekend, winning both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas with two very high class horses, especially the colt who did it so easily and I think he will clean up all the top mile races this year. What a sire Galileo is. He just keeps producing the goods. The sire of Legatissimo, Danehill Dancer, has been a marvellous servant to the team as well. They just keep producing top class sires and broodmares. I am not sure if the experiment with the stalls and the false rail worked completely and personally I would just leave it wide open as I don’t think tinkering with things ever does much good. I am sure the best horse always wins, or if not the form works out eventually.

Humphry Repton (Brian) and Smile That Smile (Jimmy)

It was great to see Cirrus Des Aigles win the Prix Ganay at Longchamp once again at the weekend. He is by our very own Even Top and as I was saying in my five favourite horses list on Saturday in the Racing Post, Even Top died much too young and this marvellous horse would have really boosted his career at stud. The French really love this horse and so they should, he is nine years old and just as good as ever. This was his 7th Group 1 win. What a record.

Astrosecret in the lunge ring

I see Michael Owen, the ex-footballer, is calling for action over the whip rule, which we have been commenting on for years. Sir Mark Prescott and I have always thought the rules were wrong, that if you break the rule you can still keep the race and this is what happened at the weekend to one of Michael Owens horses, who was beaten, ironically, by one of Sir Mark's, with the winning jockey getting banned for seven days but keeping the race and the jockey on the runner up not breaking any rules. This rule is completely farcical and needs addressing urgently or we will continual getting this win at all cost attitude. There is no sport I know you can break the rules and still win. Why the authorities are so stubborn about this I don’t know.

Going really well 

I was asked for my opinion on what trainers in Newmarket hope would happen after the election. I had only a minute to think about it before spouting off to the journalist involved, so I was delighted to ready my comments in the Racing Post today along with my fellow trainers from other centres. The racing right and red tape were a common denominator, along with business rates. I hope the next government, who ever it is, takes note, but as I stated we may be a long way down their pecking order.