The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have two runners today

Monday, 05 June 2017

"Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify."

Robert Brault.

Cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack


It’s a much cooler morning this morning, primarily because of the good breeze we have got. It is blowing the clouds up which I am sure will give us some rain later on. A mixed week is forecast and it will be very much hit and miss whether you get rain or not. I just hope they do at the courses we are running at over the next few days. We have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack most of the morning and with a good lot of staff in, everything has ticked over well.


We have two runners today, one this afternoon at Leicester and then at Windsor this evening. Four Fifty Three makes his debut in 2.50 at Leicester in the six furlong maiden. He is ready to run but not wound up and I think he will beat more than beat him and will improve considerably for the outing. Harry Bentley takes the ride. Our other runner, also making her debut but as a three-year-old, is Stellekaya who has taken a bit of time to come to hand. We are starting her off in the mile and a quarter maiden at 6.40. I hope there is a bit of rain during the day just to take the sting out of the ground as I am sure she will be better with a little bit of give. Tom Queally takes the ride tonight and it should be a good fact finding outing.

Walking back after exercise

What a weekend of Classic races with the two at Epsom and the French Derby at Chantilly. A very good filly won the Oaks and I am delighted as it was by Nathaniel and we have a two-year-old by him and a mare in foal. The Derby was a fairy tale for the jockey, which just goes to show what an array of riches Coolmore have. The course at Epsom is completely unique and with the pace of the race being strong, it was a very fast time, it played into the hands of the horses that stayed. You would say now the winner is a good thing for the St Leger in September. The French Derby is a completely different type of race nowadays as it is over a mile and a quarter. The draw usually plays a big part, but this year with a small field, it let the winner have time to negotiate his position and come with a long run up the outside. I think the second was quite unlucky and will find a good race shortly.


It is very sad news about the death of Dandy Nicholls at an early age. He had just retired from training and was under a lot of pressure in his life, but he was a fine trainer, loved his horses and gave so many of his owners some big days. Our condolences go to all his family.