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After all the rain we had yesterday...

Tuesday, 09 November 2010


Akula (Butch)

"People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but, when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."

 ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Colzium (Nikki) and Dictate (Colin)

After all the rain we had yesterday and with an inspection called for 7.30 am, I was fully expecting that today's meeting at Lingfield would be off but the rain must have missed them, as they called the inspection off and racing goes ahead. It is still quite cool here in Newmarket but we have had no rain and several of the horses have been on the Al Bahathri, doing faster work, in preparation for running this week.


Mystery Star (Abby) leads Marvo (hidden in behind) 

Today's runner is Kinsya at Lingfield. He has run well in all his races so far over hurdles but I will have him ridden slightly differently today than last time at Fakenham. He will like the ground  and he jumps well (I will be schooling him over fences shortly, as I think they will suit him better), so he must have a bit of a squeak in this race today.


Astrovenus (Holly) and Astroleo (Abbi)

There is a great article in the Racing Post today by Rodney Masters and John Randall on the twins, Helen Johnson-Houghton and Fulke Walwyn. It makes compulsive reading for anybody who loves the history of the sport and what an era they were brought up in and worked in. I wonder what both of them would make of today's industry leaders and the way racing is moving at present. Fulke sadly died nearly twenty years ago but Helen Johnson-Houghton is still going strong and, I am sure, she is still keeping up with the ongoing situation. Her philosophy on long life is put down to the 'good Lord' and luck - you always need luck, she says and how right she is. 


The Motivator ex Trew Class filly (Kathleen Frances's half-sister) bounds round the ring



The Piccolo ex Sosumi filly being driven home today