Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

It's the first day of summer, but where is the sun?

Monday, 20 June 2016

"If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare."

William Arnot.

Warming up in the trotting ring

It’s been a mixed weekend weather wise, a few heavy showers on Saturday, quite dry Sunday and as we speak, the rain is bouncing off the hut and looks like being set in for a while yet. I think we are going to have a dryish early part of the week, before becoming quite humid with a few thunderstorms later on. With the longest day today we will soon be back on the slippery slope. I have been using Southfields Round polytrack canter for the majority of the horses, and although one or two of them have been very fresh, the exercise has gone reasonably well.

Indian Red leading the canter

Our runners on Friday night behaved very well, with Astrowizard, who is well over 17 hands, being a real gentle giant. He took all of the Friday night crowd in his stride and although he got tired in the race, Darryll was not disheartened at all. Astrosecret went in the stalls as we expected and ran a very nice race in what was an above average maiden. I am not sure how many runners we will have this week, in fact it may be very few, possibly only some two-year-olds at Yarmouth and Newmarket towards the end of the week. 

Walking home after exercise

I see one of our British jockeys got banned for 30 days in France for calling the stewards something he shouldn’t. There is nobody that is bigger than the sport and you just have to take the ups and downs as they happen. He caused the interference and in France it is definitely a big thing. Take the punishment and walk away, its common sense. It doesn’t matter who you are, the most famous or the most inexperienced apprentice, the rules are the rules and we must all abide by them.

Darryll and Saleem receiving their instructions

Legged up ready to race

Our Ascot tipping competition ended with a great victory for Richard Marriott who came up with two 10/1 winners to put the competition away in no uncertain terms. Not only did he beat me at tipping, he had a great weekend as well when his roses took everything before them at the Saffron Walden flower show. We move on now to the big York and Goodwood Festivals where I will be trying to get my own back. It is great fun and I hope that if people followed Richard and not me, they would have backed one or two winners. The final standings were Richard plus £116.25 and MHT minus £224.89