Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

It's time to get the winter clothing out

Thursday, 19 November 2015

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive."

Anaïs Nin.

Morning stables and the horses are all looking over their doors

It’s a bit colder this morning, but thank goodness the wind has died down. It was still howling when I put the dog out last night and I thought there was going to be some more damage, but it must have blown itself out quite quickly. It looks like we are in for a very cold spell with the wind coming down from the arctic at the weekend. It sounds like my over trousers and big coat will have to come off the back of the door. We have had a very good morning so far, with everything doing two canters on Hamilton Hill and the yearlings are progressing very well.

First lot coming back in

There was a reception in the houses of parliament on Tuesday night for the British racing parliamentarians. Steve Harman the BHA chairman told the gathering, which included MP’s, peers and racing industry figures, that there would be huge job loses if the leakage of offshore money was not stopped and the 'Racing Right' brought in to replace the levy. He urged that this should be sorted out as quickly as possible as the industry is teetering on the edge of a cliff. He is very right in what he says and let’s hope everybody, and that includes the bookmakers, can see the sense in what he is saying and move forward together with us all as a whole industry, helping one another to survive and prosper.

Velvet Voice on the lunge lines

I have been doing the clipping this year and it has amazed me how good the horses have been. With the noise of the clippers, the different smells, there is always a few problems with certain horses and many in the past have had to be given a mild sedative to allow this process to happen. However, this year’s lot, or it may be because I have been doing it, have been absolutely brilliant. Last night I did Sing Me Sing Me, Sweeping Beauty and a big filly by Authorised out of Missouri. They all stood like lambs and were absolutely brilliant. It must be something to do with the trust and how they are handled from foaling. Long may it continue. 

Joe The Coat

Here's another picture of one of our old horses and one I always liked, but he never showed his true ability on the track. Joe The Coat has got a great home now as you can see from the picture.