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

The foals are thriving

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

"And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Topamichi (Frankie) and Band of Thunder (Joe) working between the banks

It’s an overcast morning, after 8mm of rain last night. In fact it’s very muggy and completely different to yesterday which was clean air. Today is very close and clammy. We have worked a good bunch of older horses between the banks on racecourse side. All went well this morning and the horses are progressing the right way. All we need now is the ground on the racetracks to be good or softer and we can have plenty of runners.

Lady Bellatrix and her Excelebration foal enjoying the sun at the weekend

I see there are plenty of comments about the cut away false rail at Newmarket, with some people for it and some people completely against it. Things like this will always have people with differences of opinion, but I for one can’t see the point in it. Either a racecourse is a racecourse with two rails, or it’s a running track with lanes. It’s as simple as that.

Sir Mark Prescott was agreeing with Michael Owen on the whip rule, as I said he would yesterday, and as he said it is up to the stewards to start enforcing the rules, but as usual it will only be fudged and the same will continue happening. It might only get changed if the Derby finish is decided by a similar incident and that Coolmore, Sheikh Mohammed or the new Qatari’s are denied by this very bad rule. I can’t see any reason not to bring it in.

Cushat Law 
at the stud with her owners Malcolm and Max Franklin

Everything continues a pace on the stud, with all the mares and their new foals starting to be paired off with foals of a similar age and moved into larger paddocks. We are also moving some mares over to the land we rent a few miles away. It’s great to have this added facility and gives us chance to fertilize the area of paddocks that have been used over the winter.