Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

It is a dampish morning

Saturday, 11 September 2010



 No Rules (Butch) and Dazinski (Colin)


''One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.''

- Proverb


Walking home off Long Hill

It is a dampish morning and we have had on-and-off bits of rain, in fact, it is raining as I speak. I have just heard from Doncaster, where Ted has arrived this morning, that there are a few puddles about but the sun was shining as well. Everything has done a good healthy canter up Long Hill grass and the first couple of lots all moved well.


Zezhavz gets a leg-up from Darren, as second lot pulls out, while Dan waits his turn

I was delighted with yesterday's two runners at Chester. Barwick was much better behaved this time and ran with great credit, I think the winner is very useful and I am sure the form will work out well. Zenarinda again bumped into one, running with tremendous credit but both horses are sure to be winning before too long. I was even more delighted that they were both homebred from Dullingham Park, in fact, out of the same mare, Tenpence, who only ran twice and then met with a strange injury which curtailed her career. She has made a very good start at stud with these two and has a fantastic yearling colt by Rail Link to come into training this year.    


Smokey Oakey (Butch) and Watch Chain (Zezhavz)

Three runners today all at different meetings. We will start with Ted Spread at Doncaster in the St. Leger. As you know the preparation has gone perfectly, we were hoping for more rain but that has not happened, so I am just hoping for a good run in what looks a high class race. Generally, the last few years, people have been running down this race but today's looks top class and is always supported by the big guns. I am sure, whoever wins today, will be high class and all today's runners will continue to compete in the top races next year. At Chester, we run Omokoroa in the 4.45 pm race, he has been very unlucky again this year to be second the last three times. Today, he is taking on his course and distance conqueror Rangefinder but is 7lbs. better off and I have fitted the cheek pieces, just to give him a bit of help,  so he won't be far away again today. And finally at Goodwood, we run Kathleen Frances in the mile and an half handicap at 4.05 pm, she has progressed well this summer and, if she handles this track, I expect her to run with great credit again.  



Old Boy Ted (Colin) and Star Commander (Liam)

Phil is off to The Emirates this afternoon to watch Arsenal pulverize Bolton - ''he hopes,'' he says - and The Owls are at home to Carlisle, let's hope they can put last week's defeat behind them.
The big event of the weekend, and this is on Sunday, is Clare getting married to Giles. I am sure all of the  Flint Cottage owners and everybody who knows her will wish them both all the happiness they deserve.


Munro's Dragon (Michelle) and Colzium (Maria)