The turf season is just around the corner ...

The first homebred yearling is moved into the yard

Thursday, 19 October 2017

"Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity."

E. Knight.

Cantering round the bend on Hamilton Hill

It’s a very damp start to the day as it has been drizzling since first light. There is no wind, thank goodness, but that hasn’t helped clear the fog that has been lingering in places. We have had a good morning so far with some fast work at first lot with Joey Haynes in, and then good strong cantering with the others. There is plenty of laughter in the yard which is always good to hear, as happy staff, makes happy horses.

Ginger Lady

The first of the homebred yearlings are coming into the yard this morning, so we have been moving horses about from box to box to make room and so the new yearlings are all together. I always like to break my own horses in and we have got great facilities here to do so. It has become a fashion nowadays to send the yearlings to pre-trainers, but I think you learn so much, and they learn so much, from the way the horses are started. You get to know all the characters individually and you can iron out any problems yourself, but when they come back in from the outside, they, and you, have got to start again. We take our time with ours and do plenty of driving, which gives them mouths. They gain confidence in you and we gain confidence in them. It’s what’s called being a horseman. 

Driving Medaglia d'Oro 

The big Ascot build up continues to the Champions Day on Saturday, but it looks like the weather will play a major part if they get the amount of wind and rain that is forecast. The declarations come out today and at present the ground is good, good to soft. I think they have made a contingency to use the jumping course if they get a massive downpour, but at this time of year, and we have said it every year since they started, you are always going to get softish ground. I am sure there will be a lot of horses declared to run, but if it does go the wrong way, you will have quite a few withdrawals.