Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

At 5.30 this morning...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010



Astrodonna pulls out first lot in the fillies' yard with Dan getting the leg up

"He, who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures, is like a blacksmith's bellows. He breathes but does not live."

- Proverb



The string with Akula in the foreground picks grass after cantering 

At 5.30 this morning it was a foggy, damp start to the day but, as the morning has gone on, the air has cleared and the temperature has risen. After yesterday's busy morning, we have had a leisurely time of it with just cantering and picking grass. Everybody is in good form and enjoying the recent winners, although there was a bit of chat about Ashley's weight yesterday at Beverley, where he put up a bit of overweight. I think there would have been even more if he had got beaten! 


Astrodiva and Brushing enjoying their pick of grass

Everything ran well yesterday and I was, especially, delighted to see another homebred winner in Miss Wendy. She completely turned the form round from her Saturday Catterick run and I put it all down to the ground - it was very firm at Catterick. Ashley gave her a positive ride and I was disappointed that he was given a four day ban for 'use of the whip'. Astrovenus ran with great credit at Folkestone, showing she stays the trip well and, I am sure, we can find a race of this nature for her before the end of the season.


Red Barcelona (Zezhavz) and Marvo (Maria)

Just one runner today and that is tonight at Kempton, where Forgotten Army runs in the 8.20 pm race, a mile and an half handicap. I have always thought that he wanted soft ground but have got it completely wrong, as all he has done is get bogged down the last twice, especially last time at Yarmouth, where it was very soft. He is not brilliantly drawn tonight but could run in to a place if things fall right - let's hope they do.


Kathleen Frances (Ashley) and Brushing (Nicki)



Coming out of the copse on Long Hill



MHT in discussion with Steve on Watch Chain and Colin on Old Boy Ted