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

After yesterday's lovely day...

Friday, 01 October 2010



Starting to feel like winter, as first lot pulls out on these dark mornings

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend...or a meaningful day."

 - Dalai Lama



Having a warm-up canter on the Town sand

After yesterday's lovely day, it looks as if we are going to get another belt of rain coming across; in fact, it is already very overcast and the wind is starting to get up. Our yellow luminous jackets will soon be coming out, as the mornings get darker. We have been up the Town sand and then proceeded on to the Long Hill grass gallop first lot and most of the others will go up the Long Hill canter for the rest of the morning. 


Smokey Oakey has a pipe-opener before tomorrow's Cambridgeshire

The runners yesterday were of different sorts. I was delighted with the two year old, who took everything in his stride, came home and ate up overnight and will improve considerably for the experience. He is my kind of horse,  a lovely, big type,  who will continue to develop all through the next two years. Kieren Fallon came back very pleased with Ted Spread, as it looked from the stands as if he had run poorly but the information he gave us was invaluable and he will now have a rest and wait for next year.


Cornish Quest (Colin) and Colzium (Ashley)

Three runners today, one at Lingfield and two at Newmarket. Starting at Lingfield, we run Battery Power in the 2.20 pm race, the mile fillies' auction maiden. She has had two runs, is not drawn very well today and I think one or two will handle the track better than she will but she has tonnes of scope, will stay well and is from a family I know very well: they all develop as they get older. At Newmarket, we run Marvo in the 4.50 pm race, the  consolation Cambridgeshire or the silver Cambridgeshire, as it is known. He only ran a week ago and this may be a bit quick but it is £40,000 added, so is definitely worth a go. Seb Saunders rode a winner on him last year, so knows what he is capable of but you are always open to a three year old improver in these types of races. Zenarinda runs in the Newmarket Challenge Whip at 5.25 pm; this is one of those races for members of the Jockey Club or the Jockey Club rooms and is part of history, so we always try to support it - let's hope she can win. 


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


Red Barcelona (Iain) and Mystery Star (Maria)


Astrovenus (Holly) and Dulcie (Nikki)


Miss Wendy (Abby) and Finger Spin (Steve)