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Blue Bounty and Peeps make their debut on fibresand

Thursday, 04 February 2016

"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet."



It’s a funny morning as its quite mild, very overcast and there are bands of drizzle wasping across at frequent intervals. It has been a very busy morning so far as we have runners at Southwell today, which left around 6.45, a horse up at the February sales being sold this morning, and the stallion parade at 9.30, which I am trying to get to. The riders I have in are doing very well and the yard staff are all cheerful and things are ticking over nicely. It’s one of those days when it’s all hands to the pumps.

Careless Rapture

We have two runners today at Southwell. They are both debutants on this fibresand and as I said earlier in the week, you just don’t know and have completely no idea whether they are going to go on the surface and face the kickback, which is far worse than any other all-weather track. I am giving Blue Bounty a chance over 5f in the 1.50. It’s a straight five, which should suit, but I have my doubts about this surface. Let’s hope I am wrong as if he does take to it, he should have a sound chance of making the frame once again. Our next runner is Peeps in the mile and a half handicap at 2.20. She again has a sound chance if handling this surface. She is sometimes slowly away and I am just hoping that she can come out on terms and not get in too much kickback. Let’s hope they both run well once again, but it is definitely not one to have your life savings on until we know about the surface.

The yard at daybreak

It was very sad to see the death of Halling at Darley Stud this week. He was 25 and had been both a top class racehorse and stallion. He was a certainty when he ran in the Cambridgeshire, after being set up for the race, and he continued on when he joined Godolphin to win both the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International. I think he won five Group 1’s in all and had a marvellous time at stud. We used him on many occasions. I also bought many of his offspring, the best of which would have been Franklins Gardens who won the Lingfield Derby Trial, the Yorkshire Cup and took us to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. He was also a very good broodmare sire. Folk Opera and Vale of York are two high profile racehorses out of Halling mares. Our own Topaling, who has won five races, and Peeps, who runs today, are both by him. I think Topaling will make a smashing broodmare and if anybody is interested in getting involved in a broodmare with us on the stud, she would be available.