Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

We are sending out five runners tonight

Monday, 08 May 2017

"Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

Malcolm S. Forbes.

Clearance leading Bracken Brae

It’s like Siberia this morning out on the heath with everybody wrapped up in big coats and woolly hats. It is supposed to be May, but it feels more like December. It’s been a good morning horse wise, with only four lots and everybody who is in, working well. We have got three non-runners and a debutant, so we are only two down. I will keep you informed of coming and goings as the week progresses, but needless to say, yours truly has been working like a lunatic all weekend. And with the last mare still not foaled, Angie and I were like zombies last night, both sound asleep watching the Antiques Roadshow. We have been using the Rubbing House canter all morning, and the horses have been moving well on it. I will be putting a few more through the stalls, especially the two-year-olds, and will be preparing them for their debut in the near future.


I must have gone mad today with five runners at Chelmsford, but if the races are there, you have to have a go. Its evening racing so the horses won’t leave until midday and our last runner is at 8.40. We start off with our first two-year-old runner of the year with Budgie, who has been showing up well at home. This might be on the sharp side for him but I am sure he will run with a bit of credit tonight. Our next is Astrosecret in the mile five at 6.10. She is ready for this first run of the year but will strip a lot fitter next time. I am hoping that she can have a good year, especially if I keep her off the soft ground. Lost The Moon is our next at 6.40, the one mile six handicap. This looks a very tricky contest with four horses all in with a chance. I think we will just need this race after a couple of months off, but Gabriele knows her well and let’s hope she can be competitive. We were very pleased with Desert River when he ran last week at Yarmouth and although this is a bit quick, he is a course winner round here and should be in the frame once again tonight at 8.10. Our last runner at 8.40 is our old favourite Hold Firm who never runs a bad race and will give Gabriele another good ride. He is capable of winning this, especially if everything falls into place.


My tipping didn’t do too badly at the weekend on the Guineas where we saw once again how good a stallion Galileo is and what a brilliant team the Coolmore enterprise have. Two very good winners and Churchill looks like he could be very special, especially if he stays the Derby trip, which he should do. Galileo is such an amazing stallion as he gets sprinters as well as horses that stay well. Always a sign of a great stallion. There is plenty to look forward to now as the flat season progresses and if there is anybody that has a mare that they would like to send to Galileo, we have a box for her at Dullingham Park.