They are not children ...

A very damp, windy morning...

Monday, 08 November 2010


Smokey Oakey (Iain)

"Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows." 

~John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells


Mystery Star (Nikki)

A very damp, windy morning and the temperature has really taken a drop for the worse, so big coats and overtrousers are definitely here to stay for the foreseeable future. Everything that can do, has been out and cantered up Long Hill polytrack and Steve Avery and his crew have got the yearlings going in all directions. They are all at different stages of the breaking process and I will be getting a few more down from Garrowby this week.


Astroleo (Abbi)

I am very sorry to have missed posting the weekend's daily news but Neil's car got waterlogged in the gales and failed to start, so without his technical ability, it was impossible to do the site on Saturday morning. The worst thing was I couldn't let you know that The Owls were playing live on TV on Sunday, which I am sure you are all pleased not to have known - it was 5-2 to Wednesday but it was like watching paint dry. They are now at home in the second round of the Cup to Northampton Town, so the office rivalry is intense (see Phil's staff profile).


Astrovenus (Holly)

I must congratulate Paul Hanagan on a fantastic jockey's championship victory. He has been on fire right from day one and along with his Guv'nor, Richard Fahey, they have put a tremendous year together, I hope that he now has a long holiday and recharges his batteries, as well as spending time with his family. Great credit must also go to Richard Hughes, who gave it a great go and only came up two short. It did start to get some publicity but, in my opinion, not enough and another marketing opportunity was missed by the people this industry is paying.
A great letter by Ferdy Murphy in the Racing Post yesterday re: the state of British racing. I felt that he got it spot on and put across the views of all racing professionals. John Berry also wrote a good letter, enquiring as to who had supported the Racing for Change ideas for the fixture list. As yet, he has had no reply and this begs the question, was anybody ever asked? or did our leaders take it upon themselves to vote the way they did. Watch this space for further developments.


The Piccolo ex Sosumi filly being lunged above and below

The Breeders' Cup in America over the weekend was compulsive viewing and, thank goodness, the Europeans got on the score sheet. Goldikova was absolutely fantastic, she may be only small but she is full of class and has that one great ability: she can quicken when asked. Brian Meehan performed miracles to win another Breeders' Cup Turf and Henry Cecil only just missed out with Midday. The one bad spectacle was Zenyatta, being hit so many times in an effort to keep her unbeaten run alive - I don't know what the stewards here would have made of it!


Several runners this week, starting tomorrow at Lingfield, if it is on, as there is already an inspection called for 7.30 am.