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A smashing morning with clear, blue sky

Friday, 17 September 2010



Astrolibra (Iain) and Astrodiva (Holly)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.
- John Keats (Ode to Autumn)



Astroleo (Ashley) and Red Barcelona (Colin Bolger) prepare to take off


Both horses in full flight


Landing safely

A smashing morning with clear, blue sky, wispy clouds and a little bit of a nip in the air but, all-in-all, a perfect autumn morning. We took a few to school at the Links first thing and the rest have been cantering on the grass on Long Hill. I was especially pleased with how Astrovenus schooled and Colin said it was like sitting on a spring. We will be having a few more jump runners this autumn. 


Astrovenus and Colin clearing the hurdle comfortably

A pleasing day at Yarmouth yesterday with all three two year olds running respectably, especially Star Commander, who improved considerably from his first run. Akula would have been a lot closer if he had not been flattened when starting his run but, I am sure, he will improve as he gets older and he is another who will be popping the hurdles before too long. 


Finger Spin (Ashley) and Astrovenus (Colin B) jumping beautifully

Two runners today at Newmarket, where they have a day of only two year old racing; it is about the third or fourth year we have had this day and it is a great innovation. Most of the horses don't have to travel far and they are soon back in their boxes, thinking about the experience that has just happened to them. Astromagick runs in the mile fillies' maiden at 2.25 pm and she is a smashing filly with a great attitude, who will enjoy the whole experience of the day. Colzium runs in the 7 furlong maiden at 4.45 pm and he has already had a run at Yarmouth, so this longer trip should help him and I expect him to finish in the first half of the field.