Don't forget to look at our Horses for Sale and Lease pages...

Another lovely morning

Saturday, 04 September 2010



Dazinski (Ashley)

''To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.''

 - Bessie Anderson Stanley



No Rules (Iain)

Another lovely morning but I have just looked at the Sky News long range weather forecast and it looks like we are going to get a good deluge of rain from Tuesday onwards. You may all think I will be delighted with this but like all farmers and trainers we need some for one and not for others. I have been delighted with Brushing's work since she won the Galtres at York and I have got her entered in the Park Hill Gp.2 at Doncaster on Thursday; now, she doesn't need the rain but Ted Spread does - trainers are never happy!


Picking grass on Long Hill

A great weekend of racing with the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock today, also marvellous racing in Ireland and some international racing in Turkey - all not to be missed. A bottle of wine , a pork pie  and the Racing Post is all you need for a good afternoon in front of the television.
Tomorrow, Sunday 5th, we have four runners, two on the flat at York and two over hurdles at Fontwell. Starting at York we run Piccarello in the 2.00 pm race, the 7 furlong nursery; he ran respectably at Goodwood and is, undoubtedly, a horse that will improve again next year but he is fit and well. Ashley will take 5 lbs. off his back and he must be in with a shout in this contest. Later on in the 4.20 pm race, we run Theola, Ashley again rides; in fact, he rode the winner for us of this race last year on Dulcie (she is in full work after a few niggling setbacks and is ready to run once this heavy rain comes, possibly next week). Theola was slightly disappointing last time at Goodwood but, I think, she will bounce back tomorrow and perform with her usual enthusiasm. At Fontwell, we run Captain Clint in the 3 year old hurdle; he has schooled well at home and really enjoys the game but is taking on a few experienced rivals today and I expect this race to give him the experience he needs for the future. Astrolibra runs in the 2.45 pm race, a novice hurdle over two and a quarter miles, she is ultra-consistent at this game and this looks another good opportunity for her; I couldn't be more pleased with her condition and I am very hopeful.  


Comrade Bond leads the string around the Exeter ride

Sheffield Wednesday haven't got a game today but they are away to Brentford tomorrow and it is live on Sky Sports 1 at 12.00 pm. That is typical when I will be in the car going to York, I will have to see if I can get Radio Sheffield on the car radio to keep me up-to-date with the goals they are going to score.


Leaving the indoor ride and emerging on to Exeter Road



Locum (Zezhavz)



MHT with Pat and Mali Swayne, stroking their pride and joy Comrade Bond