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

A very damp, misty morning

Friday, 08 October 2010



Ashley leads the string out of the indoor ride onto Exeter Road

"A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you."

 - Anonymous



Edward Whymper (Maria) and Astrodiva (Holly)

A very damp, misty morning and it hasn't cleared at all by third lot. We have just been having a normal cantering morning, followed by a pick of grass. There have been horses disappearing up to Garrowby for a holiday and yearlings moving in and out. Keeping up, with where everything is, is a full time job in the office at the moment. 


Miss Wendy (Little Abby) and Dazinski (Steve)

Two runners today, both at York, which is their final meeting of the year and we have a couple there tomorrow as well. Mystery Star runs in a mile and a quarter conditions race at 2.45 pm. He has been off the course for a long time since his run at Royal Ascot, where he got completely jarred up and has needed a long time to recover. He has been moving very well in his recent work but this will be on the sharp side for him and the ground will be not in his favour. It was the only race I could find for him to start back, so let's just hope he runs well and, if the ground dries up, I have the November Handicap in mind. Cat Island runs in the 6 furlong maiden at 3.55 pm. She  has run twice so far, showing ability both times and will be handicapped after today's run but I expect her to run a good race again.


Long-standing friends of Steve Avery, Kevin and Peter Blanchard from Boston in Lincolnshire with MHT, enjoying a day out at Newmarket. They are great fans of the website - keep spreading the word. If anybody has any ideas for sponsoring the website, please let us know, as with over 50,000 hits monthly, it is worth it.  


Cornish Quest (Dan) and Colzium (Ashley), Munro's Dragon (Holly) and Izzet (Nikki) with Ice Magic (Maria) and Astroverdi (Zeeshan) together 

A good article on Philip Robinson in the Racing Post today, which brings back great memories of Bob's Return. Philip has been and still is a great credit to his profession and the younger jockey's of today could learn a lot from his experience. His comments on his father and how he learnt so much from him are brilliant and if only the young would listen and learn, rather than expect everything straight away, they would get on much better. The old apprenticeship agreements were marvellous and it was so disappointing they were done away with. We don't want to go backwards but a proper career structure for young jockeys would be of great benefit to the industry.