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A lovely, bright, sunny morning...

Thursday, 07 October 2010



7.30 am on Railway Land

On National Poetry Day:

"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him."

 - Dylan Thomas 



Ted Spread (Butch) and Omokoroa (Colin)

A lovely, bright, sunny morning with no wind and it is an absolute joy to be out on the Heath. I have taken the first two lots across to Railway Land and the ground there is just like a carpet. It is amazing how the ground drains here at Newmarket and the grass was in perfect condition; I would say the best it has been all year.


Watch Chain (Steve) and Edward Whymper (Wajid)

Our runners yesterday at Ludlow both ran well and, at long last, I have decided exactly what Astrolibra requires. I am sure now she doesn't stay more than two miles two furlongs and that she needs to be going left-handed rather than right. The twice I have run her right-handed, she has disappointed and horses, especially those that are jumping, are very much like footballers, in that they can only kick it with one foot and are completely one-sided. I had a very good hurdler several years ago called Halkopous, who was exactly the same, he couldn't run right-handed to save his life. Akula ran as I expected him to do but was still very green and there is plenty of improvement to come from him. I was delighted for Colin Bolger, who along with Mattie has done all the schooling and, hopefully, it is the first of many this season.


Red Barcelona (Alex) and Astroleo (Little Abby)


Mystery Star (Maria) and Astridiva (Holly)

I forgot to tell you to watch Sky TV last night, where The Owls were playing in the Johnstone's paint trophy -  one of those competitions which makes your spine tingle! After a dull 90 minutes and a 2-2 scoreline, there was no extra time and penalties proceeded. After ten attempts with several misses and saves, it came down to the goalies kicks and, for once, our goalie came good with a blast into the net and the Chesterfield goalie hit his wide. Great celebrations followed, as we are now in the quarter finals. The road to Wembley beckons and, as Phil has just informed me, it still does for Northampton Town but don't rush to buy your tickets yet.


Collecting at the top of Railway Land (above and below) after cantering