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A lovely, warm morning

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Dazinski (Holly) and Brushing (Nicki) 

''Friendship is like a prism through which the many variations of beauty are revealed in our lives.''



Astromoon (Zezhavz) and Dulcie (Michelle)

A lovely warm morning, plenty of blue sky, a few wispy clouds and no wind. There is plenty of dew on the ground and the grass is still in perfect condition everywhere. I took a few up to school first lot, where we met Colin Bolger, who was on his way back from Huntingdon yesterday. I don't know where he had been overnight but it was a good schooling session and there are several ready to run from now onwards.


Omokoroa (Colin) and Barwick (Nicki)

Three runners today, scattered all over the country. Firstly, Power of Dreams at Ripon in the 2.30 pm; I am hoping he can produce his early season form, as his first run at Beverley this season would give him a chance here. Akula runs in the 3.10 pm at Leicester; he has had a couple of runs this season, where things have not gone his way but today's ground will suit, so will the step up in trip and if he settles he must have a chance in this contest. Then tonight our last runner is Cornish Quest in the 6.25 pm, the 7 furlong maiden; he has run well both times and if he continues on his upward curve, despite his bad draw, he should run really well. Whilst on at Folkestone, I must just comment about the first race, where it just goes to show what you can meet at these smaller tracks: there are a couple of two year olds here that cost £300,000 and £280,000 respectively. It was similar yesterday at Newcastle, where in both divisions of the maiden, there were horses that had cost fortunes - £450,000 and £600,000 - all racing for a first prize of around £3800. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend fortunes to buy a nice horse and to compete competitively.


Red Barcelona (Liam) has the blinkers fitted ahead of his race tomorrow

We are busy weaning at the stud and all is going well at present. Angie does it very slowly to give both weanling and mare time to adapt and finally, when the groups are settled and have had a month at Dullingham, they will be transferred to Garrowby, where they will stay until coming into training in the autumn of 2011.


Second lot walking home on Rayes Lane



Arriving home



Khaled washes Barwick's legs off while Nicki holds him