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A storm is on the way for the big day

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

"I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."

Charles Dickens



It’s a very bright morning with a good breeze and it feels to me a few degrees colder. I have just heard the forecast for the holiday period which says there is a storm on the way. It looks like it is going to pour with rain and blow for Christmas Eve and on the big day itself. It is such a shame for the people who have been flooded in the north and let’s hope it is not as bad this time. We have had a really good cantering morning with plenty of people in, all are in good spirits, both lads and horses, and as yet I have not heard one cough, which always makes my morning.


Mr Turner

We won’t be having any runners until the New Year now only because I would like to get everything settled down and heathy before asking them to race again. The injections we gave them certainly knocked them back, but the Vet’s tell me it will protect them from anything going around in the spring and summer and it should give them a better chance of staying healthy for the right period. Let’s hope they are right, but we are doing everything in our power to make it so.


Sweeping Beauty

I see Godolphin is concentrating their two global brands, Godolphin and Darley, into a racing unit and a breading unit. It certainly makes sense to me and with the amount of money they have spent over the years, you would have expected them to have produced a few more stallions by now, on the line of Coolmore. However, with this new system in place it could be the right formula, but the proof is always in the pudding and we will have to wait and see how many Group 1 winners emerge from Moulton Paddocks, who haven’t had a Group 1 winner since October 2014.


Walking home

I am glad to see Fakenham and Pontefract have signed up to the betting partner policy, which means the bookmakers who are not enlisted will not be allowed to sponsor at these tracks. It seems to have taken a long time to get these independents to agree and why they didn’t all do it in the first place is beyond me, but at least we have the vast majority now signed up, which can only be a good thing.

   Astrodiva_15    Mega15

   Weanling colts Mawatheeq ex Astrodiva and Pastoral Pursuits ex Mega