The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

A bright, sunny morning again

Saturday, 18 September 2010



First lot sets off at the bottom of Long Hill on a chilly morning

''I hold it true,what'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.''

 - Alfred, Lord Tennyson



Cornish Beau (Butch) and Mystery Star (Maria)

A bright, sunny morning again with not a cloud in the sky and no sign of rain, in fact, the ground is starting to dry up again!!!! Quite a busy morning with plenty of visitors, watching their horses canter. It is usually a good morning to come, as I am not rushing about too much and the horses canter and then stand still for ten minutes to a quarter of an hour, having a pick of grass, so the owners can wander about chatting to the lads and patting their horses.


Omokoroa (Colin) and Astroleo (Wajid)

Both the two year olds enjoyed the experience of racing yesterday and both came back and ate well last night. They are horses for the future but will have one or two more outings this season. It takes time for them to mature and strengthen into their frames but they must show you some ability at two years of age to give you encouragement for their careers.


First lot walks home after a good pick of grass

Four runners today, two at Catterick and two here at Newmarket. Starting at Catterick, we run Miss Wendy in the mile and six seller at 2.35 pm; she ran well to be fourth last time and, although I would like the ground softer than it is today, she must run well in this contest. Locum runs later on in the 4.55 pm race over the same trip and he will love the ground. I just hope that Ashley can get him more involved earlier in the race, as he has tended to be too far back in previous runs but he has the ability to be in at the finish if things fall right for him.
At Newmarket, we run two in the same race, Dazinski and Theola, in the Cesarewitch trial at 3.30 pm. Dazinski got shuffled back last time at York and could never get involved, so I am hoping this further distance and the wide open spaces of Newmarket will help. Theola got going far too late last time and has become very lazy of late, so I have fitted a visor, which should help her. There is not much between them and a 1,2 would be nice; hopefully they will both get in the Cesarewitch proper in a few weeks time.  


Smokey Oakey (Butch) and Ted Spread (Colin)

The Owls are away at Plymouth today. I hope they set off yesterday, as it is a long way to go in a day from Sheffield; I am not making excuses already but the players might get tired on this long journey - poor loves! These are the games that Wednesday have to win, if they are to be promoted.
Phil and Ian have been crowing all week after Arsenal's brilliant victory in the Champions' League, even I thought they were fantastic but they are away to Sunderland today and let's hope they don't get too big-headed. I am sure the manager will keep their minds straight and it could be their year but it all depends, as normal, on the attrition rate of players. 


Barwick (Ashley) and Cornish Quest (Michelle)