Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

It all adds to the fun

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."

Ralph Marston.

Humphry Repton leading Astromajor and Sant'Elia

It’s been one of those mad mornings. With the sales and racing here at Newmarket, as I said yesterday, the town is full of people and owners coming to visit their horses. We have had three lots of people already today and the horses have been out cantering to show themselves off. All has gone well so far, although we did have a bit of excitement at first lot when one of the Darley team got loose and proceeded to gallop about everywhere. It certainly makes the lads hold their neck straps.

Singing Hinnie and Ixchell

It was the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association awards last night, which Angie and I were very kindly invited to. It was a very well organised evening, with a stallion parade and reception at Lanwades, where we saw all their stallions, before going onto the awards ceremony and dinner in Wood Ditton. The highlight of the night for me was Joe Grimwade receiving an award for services to the industry, which he thoroughly deserved. There were some amazing award winners and the videos of each one were brilliantly done. Wouldn’t it be wonderful in the next few years if we could be up there amongst the silverware?

Regal Galaxy

There was a great article today in the Racing Post about the starting stalls and when they first came into use, 50 years ago. It brings back great memories for me, as my grandparents lived in the same village as Ron Mason who trained the first winner out of the stalls, in Track Spare. Every time I went there I used to go and sweep up and carry water buckets and mum and dad could never find me when it was time to go home. It is amazing it is 50 years ago and what a good innovation stalls have been.