Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Plenty more rain overnight...

Thursday, 30 September 2010



Three weanling fillies ( ex Astromancer, Group Force and Sosumi)  leaving Dullingham Park to start their new life at Garrowby Stud


"Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out."

- Italian proverb


The three colts ( ex Topatori, Cushat Law hiding behind the Missouri colt) start to load 

Plenty more rain overnight, in fact, when I put the dog out last night I got absolutely drenched, as it was throwing it down. It must have continued for quite a while, as the clerk of the course has called the ground soft this morning. This morning is a glorious day with clear blue sky and not a cloud to be seen but the sun is blinding the jockeys as they canter up Long Hill grass.


Red Barcelona (Alex) and Star Commander (Ashley) watched by MHT

I was absolutely delighted with Astrodonna yesterday, who followed up her win at Yarmouth with a back-to-back victory at Salisbury. She moved very smoothly on the ground and the first two drew a long way clear. I will be now trying to complete the three timer in the next ten days, especially if the ground stays as it is. It is marvellous for Meg, who bred the filly with us at Dullingham and we have  Marvo, another one out of Mega, running tomorrow at Newmarket. It has been a great year for the stud with so many home-grown winners. Angie's and my vision for the breeding side of the business is really starting to take off.  


Munro's Dragon (Wajid) and Astroverdi (Zezhavz)

Two runners today at Newmarket, again both homebreds, who are absolutely lovely colts. One does not need any introduction: Ted Spread, bred by Dena and Leslie out of their good mare, Highbrook, has never had his ground again since winning the Chester Vase. At Epsom, York and Doncaster, he was up against it from the start but today's ground will be ideal. He has a new jockey in Kieren Fallon. The front running Harris Tweed is rated higher than him and we have to give him weight, so we will find out more today. Our first runner is Old Boy Ted in the mile maiden at 2.00 pm, who is out of Grove dancer. She is half-sister to the very useful Winisk River. Old Boy Ted is bred on very similar lines to Winisk River and is a big, scopey horse, who will be better as time goes by but no back number, and I expect him to run respectably.  


Kathleen Frances (Butch) and Kinsya (Steve)

The weanlings are on the move this morning with the first batch being loaded up at 7.30 am, so by now they will be half-way up the A1, on their way to Garrowby. They are a really nice bunch again this year and if they develop anything like the ones that are already there and who are nearly ready to come into training, I will be delighted. Angie and I went to Garrowby yesterday and had a good inspection of everything. Our team there are doing a brilliant job and I can't wait for this batch to arrive at Flint Cottage.