Go to Kempton or Wolverhampton and then you will see what racing is really like ...

The first good frost of the year

Monday, 06 November 2017

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

Lao Tzu.


The end of the season at Newmarket


The moon through the branches

We had the first good frost of the year this morning after a very clear night and a huge full moon. Thick freezing fog greeted us as well at first lot when we cantered on the Rubbing House polytrack. Only one non runner this morning and we have been getting on well.


Rum Ration

We have no runners today but will have several during the coming week. Our runners, at the last Newmarket meeting this season, were Lost The Moon and her half sister Ness of Brodgar. The former finished sixth and is starting to come back to form now. Her best races have been on the all weather and I shall be looking to run her again towards the end of the month. It was Ness of Brodgar's debut and she behaved impeccably in everything she did, in the saddling box, in the parade ring and in the race. The going had changed dramatically from the day before when it was firm, and she certainly did not like the soft ground she was running on. Most of the family have acted on the all weather and she is another who will be seeing the surface before the end of the year.


Roof Garden

It was great to see a couple of overseas winners bred at Dullingham Park, one in Florence and the other in Belgium. Astrolove's Big Bad Bob four year old won in Italy, and Barwick , who is now nine, continues his winning ways. It just shows what sound horses the stud produces. It is always rewarding to breed winners anywhere and especially for the stud staff who put in so much hard work.


The top of the Hamilton Hill

It was a marvellous Breeders' Cup with great TV viewing from 5 o'clock till after midnight. There were winners from Ireland, England and France and plenty of stories of rags to riches. The sharp nature of the track at Del Mar played into the hands of the locals, whose horses and jockeys certainly knew what they were doing. One or two races were run at breakneck speed and the winners were those ridden more patiently. It is a fixture late in the year for the European season and you have to have a special and well prepared horse to be competitive.