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

The colder weather is coming

Monday, 12 October 2015

"To the lamp of love: may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial."


With the high viz jackets on it's time for first lot

It looks like being a dry week, but much colder as the wind is coming from the north east and although not quite from Siberia, it is going to get colder as the days go by. It is now a nice, bright, sunny morning and we have had two lots out so far without any problems. It is always a very busy week as the October 2 and 3 yearling sales are on all week and we have been busy looking at the lots on offer. There are plenty of nice horses about so if anybody won the lottery this weekend, I am the man to phone as our selection process is second to none.


Bracken Brae ran another sound race coming second on Saturday night. I think the winner just got first run on us, but she stayed on very well and should be winning very shortly. I have got her entered twice more towards the end of the week and if she is ok, I am hopeful of her taking up one of the options. The ground once again has gone against Smile That Smile who is a completely different filly on softer ground and I have had to withdraw her this morning. It is very frustrating, but that’s racing and you have to do the best for your horse. We will be quiet for the next couple of days, but then hopefully will have several runners towards the end of the week into the weekend.

Mr Turner at the start of the gallop ready to jump off

Both horses of Aidan O’Brien’s were hugely impressive in winning both the fillies and the colts Group 1’s at the Newmarket Champion Festival. The Coolmore team come up with these horses time and time again and their record is outstanding. Both horses won by wide margins, which always indicate that they are, ability wise, immensely better than the rest. The trick now is to keep them sound and produce them on the day in next year’s Classics. We may still have time to see other contenders appear that have not already run, but the two this weekend will take all the beating.

Singing Hinnie

There’s a great question and answer piece by Lester Piggott in the Racing Post today and as Lester says, a lot of older people still remember him, but the younger ones really wouldn’t know who he was. That is correct about any generation and their sporting heroes, but I can assure everybody, young and old, there has never been a better jockey then Lester.