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It is a damp, misty morning

Monday, 04 October 2010



Colin Bolger gets the leg up onto Akula before schooling at the Links

 There is a harmony

 In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,

Which through the summer is not heard or seen,

As if it could not be, as if it had not been!

 - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)



Astroleo (Ashley), Akula (Colin Bolger) and Red Barcelona (Mattie Bachelor) hidden

It is a damp, misty morning after a very wet weekend but what a fantastic weekend of sport it has been. The Ryder Cup has kept everybody enthralled and continues to do so today and the Arc weekend has been an unbelievably successful one, especially for us Brits. It is always nice to take some Euros from our neighbours.


Kinsya (Ashley) really attacks his hurdle

We have been doing plenty of schooling this morning, in preparation for quite a few runners in the next few weeks. All the ones that I have schooled this year have taken to it really well and with enthusiasm, which is what you want to see as a trainer. If they can transfer their ability from the flat to hurdles, they will all run with credit.


Finger Spin (Mattie Bachelor)

Smokey Oakey was a bit disappointing in the Cambridgeshire and he will now have a try over hurdles. It was interesting to see that the winner of the race was the horse that beat Marvo, when he looked all over the winner at Yarmouth - good luck to Michael Wigham, as he took a few big scalps in this race.


Astrovenus (Colin Bolger) and Finger Spin (Mattie Bachelor)

Two runners today, starting with Astromagick at Pontefract, who runs in the mile and two furlong maiden at 2.10 pm. She has had one run at Newmarket, where she finished in the ruck but will have learnt a lot from that and, although we are drawn nearer to Bradford than Pontefract, we have a chance of running well. I think the trip will suit her and we are not too sure about the ground but I hold her in some regard and whatever she does this year will be a bonus. Later on at Windsor in the 4.00 pm race, we run Star Commander, who has had two runs so far with his second being a great improvement on the first. He stays well and is another one that can only improve with time, so he shouldn't be far away today.


Mystery Star leads the string onto Long Hill polytrack

The football at the weekend has divided the office as Arsenal got beaten but The Owls managed a very welcome victory - thank goodness. 


Dulcie (Holly) setting off