Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

After York yesterday

Saturday, 21 August 2010



First lot emerging onto Rayes Lane from the indoor ride


''Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise,

                                          Risk more than others think is safe,
                                          Dream more than others think is practical, and
                                          Expect more than others think is possible.''



Theola (Nicki)

After York yesterday I stayed at Garrowby, so I could have a good walk round all the horses and it is a lovely, sunny morning but we did have a massive storm last night with plenty of rain and wind. Steve Avery was in charge in the yard this morning, in my absence and he reports that the weather is overcast but warm and, again, it was very windy last night. All the horses have been doing general exercise with a good pick of grass.


Mystery Star (Ashley)

Quite a rough race yesterday in the 2 mile race at York with plenty of bumping and boring early on, as they all jostled for position in the early part of the race. Being drawn on the rail did not help our cause and we were, consequently, too far back to get involved - there is always another day though and the Cesarewitch will be Dazinski's main aim. A similar tale at Goodwood, where Cornish Beau ran with credit but had nowhere to go in the home straight and just stayed on - what you would call a frustrating day!


Astromagick (Michelle)

Two runners today at Chester, where I am going to from Garrowby. Barwick runs in the 7 furlong maiden at 4.30 pm, where he is drawn out by the river Dee, which is always a big disadvantage round the sharp Roodeye track and, consequently, we would be just hopeful of a nice run. Omokoroa runs in the 2 mile handicap at 5.40 pm and he ran really well last time at Newmarket, only to be mugged on the line, so I am very hopeful of a good show today if he handles the track. 
It was a marvellous Ebor meeting at York, as usual but a dismal end to our tipping competition yesterday. With a 100-1 winner, what chance have you got? Brushing was our highlight, of course and MHT duly won the contest against Phil with a nice profit on the week. 


Picking grass on Long Hill

As a lot of you will have seen from the photos Steve Smith-Eccles has been riding out on a daily basis to get himself fit to ride in a charity race at Doncaster on Wednesday, 8th September.

The Leger Legends Charity Race is being run to help raise funds for two northern-based charity projects designed to benefit people starting out in racing as well as those at the end of their careers:

"The House that Jack Built" - is Jack Berry's aspiration for an Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) facility to be based in the north, similar to the acclaimed IJF Oaksey House jockeys retirement and rehabilitation centre in Lambourn, Berkshire.

The Northern Racing College residential course facility  – which will enable the College to meet the oversubscribed demand for Foundation Stable Staff courses as well as extending the range of residential courses it would like to offer the northern racing community.

Steve is going to ride Kinsya in it for me and all the money goes to these very good causes. The cast of jockeys riding includes John Francome, Charlie Swan, Pat Eddery, Ray Cochrane, Tony Dobbin and George Duffield to name but a few, so if anyone wishes to donate they can either do it via the website, or by cheque, made payable to The Injured Jockeys' Fund and sent to us at Flint Cottage Stables, Rayes Lane, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7AB.

Steve is a real wonder to be still riding at 55 but he rode a lot of winners for me over the years including, Staunch Friend to win the Champion 4 year old Hurdle at Punchestown.  

 - Please give generously to this good cause.