Velvet Vision wins well at Newcastle ....

Prayer Time runs today at Windsor

Monday, 11 April 2016

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."


Warming up in the trotting ring

It’s a bright morning and quite warm, with sunshine and showers all week, a typical April. It’s going to be very busy the whole week here in Newmarket, with the Craven Meeting starting tomorrow and the breeze up sales Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s the time of year the town starts to come alive and dreams are either made, or broken this week. I think we will only have one runner at the Craven Meeting and that will be on Wednesday. This morning we have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack and all has gone well without any incidents. 

Jumping off at the beginning of the canter

We have one runner today. Prayer Time runs in the last at Windsor, the 5.20, the one mile, three and a half furlong handicap. He has done his winning on the fibresand at Southwell and has not shown himself in very good light when racing on the turf, but all of his runs have been on much faster ground than this and it will be very sticky and holding today. I am hoping for a reasonable run if he handles the surface.

Walking home in the sunshine

It is very sad to bring you the news of the death of my old boss Walter Wharton, who has died at the age of 92. He was a most marvellous man to work for. The whole family were proper horse people and his attention to detail and horsemanship were second to none. He always turned himself and his horses out to the highest standard and I have always tried to follow his lead in my own business. He was definitely a hard task master and one of the old school in that respect, but his bark was always correct and you always knew where you stood. There are still a few of us about who worked under him and we still reminisce when meeting up. My condolences go to all his family and friends.

James going round with the hay for the horses

What a great Grand National and our jockey, Robbie Dunne, must have had a fantastic ride to finish third. He performed miracles to stay on board when jumping Becher’s Brook and although it is always disappointing not to win, he covered himself in glory and also earned one or two of my lads a bit of money. Richard Marriott and my tipping competition went right to the wire with nothing in it, only pence, until the last race on the card, when we finished first and second in the wrong order. However, it gave Richard a glorious victory and very well done to him. With the flat approaching, there will be more chances for me to get back into winning ways.

Final Totals

MHT minus £73.95

Richard plus £99.04