Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Plenty of heavy rain last night

Wednesday, 06 October 2010



Brushing and Nikki walk home with the trees starting to look autumnal in the background


"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all."  

 - Miguel de Cervantes



Jasper poses for his photograph, while shoeing Power of Dreams

Plenty of heavy rain last night - there was a big band that spread up from the south - and it has been a bit showery all morning but we can see some blue skies in the distance. I have been doing a bit with the two year olds again and they are all now nearly ready for their first appearance.  


Colzium (Dan) and Old Boy Ted (Colin) 

Two runners today, both over hurdles at Ludlow. It is a place, I am ashamed to say, where I have never been. I would have loved to have gone today but, as you know, it is the sales here and there are several visitors. Astrolibra runs in the two and an half mile mares' novice hurdle at 2.50 pm. She is ultra-consistent, jumps very well, really enjoys this jumping game and, without doubt, will not be far away today. Akula runs later on in the 4.50 pm race, the juvenile maiden hurdle. He ran very well on his first outing at Market Rasen in a much better race than this and I would be hopeful with a clear round that he would run very well.


Ice Magic (Maria) and Munro's Dragon (Holly)

Two big headlines on the front of the Racing Post today, one about a trainer and jockey being banned for a horse not running on its merits and another from the National Trainers' Federation president elect, saying that he would support a boycott of races because of the low prize money. It doesn't take a genius to work out that the two headlines are connected, as there are so many trainers who are struggling at the moment, and I mean struggling, that the temptation to set one up for a bet is there. The powers that be must take notice. I am sure they understand and that things are going on behind closed doors but we need this prize money situation sorted out quickly before we start haemorrhaging trainers, owners, staff, etc. The turnover from the betting industry has not gone down, it is only the amount of money that is coming back to the industry that has.   


Forgotten Army (Alex) and Astroverdi (Zezhavz)


Miss Wendy (Little Abby) and Kinsya (Steve)