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The last of the weaning is taking place this week

Monday, 19 September 2016

"You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler."

Denis Waitley.

Bracken Brae


There was plenty of rain at the start of the weekend and the temperature has gradually come down throughout. This morning has an autumn feel about it, being on the damp side, but there is no wind and the temperature is about normal for this time of year. We have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack and all has gone well so far. We scoped three on Saturday with two going into the lab for analysis, but as yet the results have not come back. We certainly haven’t heard anything coughing this morning and they are all eating very well, but you can never tell until the blood and scope are clean.

Sweeping Beauty

As I said on Friday the Ayr Gold Cup would be decided by the draw and all three divisions of the big races were won by horses drawn in the first ten. It is amazing how a straight course can be affected by the draw and it is the one thing convincing owners after the Silver Cup that their horse has no chance at all if drawn high. It is purely the luck of the draw, but on Saturday I think the best horse did win, on form anyway. The two main factors when you have your horse spot on to win a race are ground and draw. Sometimes you can overcome one, but you usually can’t overcome both. The best of plans can go awry with twenty minutes to go if the heavens open, but you usually know your fate at the 48 hour stage with the draw.

Regal Galaxy

We are starting the last of the weaning this week with the remaining three or four mares being weaned from their foals. All the groups will then be left to settle before the next move, with the mares coming into the foaling area and the weanlings being put in separate fields of colts and fillies and in groups that get on. Observation is a crucial part of any horsemans job and although it requires time, it is a most important area. You certainly want the groups to get on and friends should stick together.