The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

A lovely, bright morning...

Saturday, 30 October 2010


The statue of Hyperion, situated in the courtyard of the Jockey Club rooms, on Newmarket High Street

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

 - Charles Darwin


The Motivator ex Mega filly sets off in the lungeing ring

A lovely, bright morning and it was glorious to be out-and-about on the Heath. We are really winding down at present with horses going up for a break to Garrowby and yearlings coming the other way. There is plenty of steam cleaning and disinfecting going on and everybody will have a paintbrush in their hands shortly. We are going to have a select team of jumpers and all-weather horses on the go this winter and they are sure to give us some excitement.  


Being long-reined home

Both the colts ran well yesterday at Newmarket. Old Boy Ted doesn't like that very soft ground but is now handicapped, so he will be cut, given a short break and will make a lovely, staying horse for next year. Dictate ran much better than I thought he would, as he has not shown me  a great deal at home. He is a big, weak horse but he took to it like a duck to water, floated on that soft ground and I will be giving him a run or two on the all-weather up to Christmas. 


Ted Spread leads second lot around the indoor ride

Two runners today at Newmarket in both divisions of the fillies' maiden, which historically has always thrown up some good horses. Five Hearts runs in the first division at 12.50 pm; she is a big, scopey filly and the last foal of Light Hand, who was a marvellous filly for us and won stacks of races. She will badly need this experience but is one I will keep going on the all-weather up to Christmas. Cotton Grass runs in the next division at 1.25 pm; she ran okay at Yarmouth last time and will know a bit more today so, I am sure, she will not disgrace herself. They both will make into nice fillies at three years.  


Thursday's Wolverhampton winner, Mystery Star, has his first canter

The Owls are away to Charlton Athletic and it is always a tough game when we play The Addicks, so if we get a result it will be a great boost to the team. Arsenal are at home to West Ham, so Phil is having plenty of sleepless nights as he knows if The Hammers win there are plenty of Flint Cottage owners lining up to give him some stick.


The Tiger Hill ex Gold Hush colt goes through the stalls for the first time