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Where does the time go

Friday, 15 April 2016

"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."


Prayer Time leading Permera and Lost The Moon

It’s just never stopped raining this morning and as we write this, once again it is pounding on the cabin roof. I didn’t think the forecast was for as much as this, but it looks set in for the day. The farmers always say that the rainfall averages out during the year so hopefully we will be getting a drought soon, but it will take the courses quite a while to dry out. I understand it is abandoned today at Newbury, which was heavy ground yesterday and the overnight rain was too much. There is an inspection for tomorrow as well.

L-R Heavensfield, Regal Galaxy and Sing Me Sing Me

My plan was to work horses on the turf this morning, but plans change quickly with the weather and we used the Rubbing House polytrack instead. All has gone well so far and I am delighted with how the horses are progressing. It’s never easy on mornings when it is pouring, especially for the lads, and the horses don’t really like the rain in their faces. It is days like this when the love of horses and the racing family really come to the fore.

Astrowizard alongside Mr Turner

We have no runners over the weekend and I don’t think we will have many until the middle to end of next week and I am sure that will only be on the all-weather. It is very frustrating for everybody concerned when the horses are fit and well and ready to run and the ground is against them. Patience is what is required and it usually pays off.

Time Down Under leading Sir Percy ex Missouri

We were pleased enough with Bracken Brae last night in a very slow run race. She was staying on well at the end and although we couldn’t complete the four timer, there are plenty of races to be won with this improving filly. I think she will stay a lot further, she likes fast ground and there is still plenty of improvement in her.


We only have one mare to foal to finish our season off. She is due on the 19th and as yet has only got a small bag. It looks to me like it might be at least 10 days before she starts to look anywhere near. We have got a really smashing bunch of foals this year and I cannot tell you how delighted I am with them all. We are also very pleased with the yearlings who, although having a very wet winter, have done very well and once they can get on some good spring / summer ground will develop even more. It is amazing how quickly it all comes round and before we blink, the Guineas and Derby will be over and the yearling sales will be upon us once again.