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

A great weekend for Newmarket trainers

Monday, 05 October 2015

"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."

George Bernard Shaw.

Warming up before exercise

It’s an overcast morning with bands of rain forecast, starting from lunchtime onwards. It’s typical as October 1 yearling sales starts tomorrow, which will go on all week and then just when the gales are forecast for the weekend, October 2 and 3 start. I suppose it is autumn though and we should expect such weather. We have got away nicely this morning with three lots out before anybody got wet. We have been using three or four different canters, all on racecourse side, and a good lot of staff are in and working well. We will be having plenty of runners from tomorrow onwards.

Warm up over now time to canter

Our runners didn’t trouble the judge on Saturday, but weren’t completely disgraced and I am sure once in more suitable races, they will be knocking on the door. These big sales races are worth a lot of money and sometimes you just have to have a go, if it comes off it is great, but on this occasion there were a few too good.

Sweeping Beauty

What a weekend of racing and great for the Brits with several winners on the card at Longchamp. However, the highlight must be Golden Horn, who was given a superb ride by Frankie from his very wide, bad draw. His tactics were spot on and the horse was always travelling well within himself and won quite easily. I think the ground played a part in Treves downfall, but she finished on a very honourable note and I am sure will now be retired to stud. There were a couple of other Newmarket winners in Group 1’s, so all in all a great day for Newmarket.


I see the jockey’s merry-go-round continues, and it is always a mad time of the year, with Qatar racing losing their number one jockey back to his old boss. There has been a lot of comings and goings lately, and I suppose it is just what happens in the racing world. Nobody will ever know the ins and outs of all these movements, but it certainly gives the papers something to talk about.

Careless Rapture

It is very sad to see the death of Colin Tinkler Snr, who was the father of trainers Colin and Nigel and grandfather of Andrew, who rides our jumpers. He was a larger than life character, one of the most cheerful and funny men I have ever known. He was the fore runner of syndicate ownership and tipping lines. His phone line was a must hear every day, just for the joke he always finished with. He wrote a book, "A furlong to go", in which I actually got a mention and is well worth anybody reading, if you can find a copy. Our condolences go to all his family who are still very much involved in the racing world.