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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

"Sadness flowers to the next renewing joy."

Terri Guillemets.


It’s an overcast start to the day, but there is no wind or rain and the temperature is just perfect to work in. It’s been a busy morning with horses going in all directions. Andrew Tinkler came up and schooled once again, Jimmy Quinn was in to ride a couple of lots, which helped, and we are moving a few horses in and out from the stud. It is great to be able to get the backward horses out for four to six weeks grass after they have been broken in. It does them the power of good to get some Dr Green inside them and we are swapping these with some horses that have been on the go for a long time and they will gain just as much benefit.

Band of Thunder

It’s the first day of Royal Ascot today with a great card, which I think is the best of the week. Every race will be hugely competitive and how you pick a winner in the last two races is anybody’s guess, but at least Richard and I have tried and we will be doing it every day to a level £10 stake with a non-runner, no bet. It must be so disappointing for the connections of California Chrome with the news that he has got some poison in his foot and will not be able to make the race on Wednesday. You come all this way and then a minor hiccup can cost you the chance of making history. Sometimes it drives you crazy, training and owning racehorses, but there will be six people today connected with the winners who will be in a dream world for at least a week.


I see the Thoroughbred Breeders Association chairman has written an article today as to why we need to keep staying blood in the pedigrees of our horses. The fashion throughout the world has been to breed for speed and short distances, which has made racing pretty boring. We must try and encourage more staying races and a better programme for the younger stayers, with good prize money. It may take a while to get going and the racecourses might not like the small fields for a start, but if it is done right in a few years’ time we can have some great races over one and a half miles plus. Every year there is talk about will so and so stay in the Derby or not and the pedigrees of most horses is getting thinner and thinner of staying blood. I think the chairman is talking sense and let’s hope breeders take note, I know we do at Dullingham Park as a lot of ours need a trip to be seen at their best. The only problem as I see it, is that you need to give horse’s time to mature and this all costs money. Consequently we need good prize money when they actually do get to race.

On the ground looking for worms

Our first day selections


2.30     Night Of Thunder    3.05     Round Two    3.40     G Force    4.20     Consort    5.00     Ray Ward

5.35     Ruby Notion


2.30     Solow    3.05     Air Force Blue    3.40     Sole Power    4.20     Gleneagles    5.00     Big Thunder

5.35     Ard San Aer