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A very wet, windy and dark morning...

Thursday, 11 November 2010


A rather bedraggled first lot makes their way home

"Consider what you think justice requires and decide accordingly but never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right but your reasons will certainly be wrong."

 ~Lord Mansfield


The Motivator ex Trew Class filly stays in the indoor ride on such a vile day

A very wet, windy, dark and cold morning; we were promised this wind and rain and, for once, the weather forecasters got it right. First lot of canterers went up Long Hill polytrack in driving rain and wind, which drew the comment from me, why am I always praying for rain! The lads are in great form though, as are the horses, plus a winner yesterday always helps.


The yearlings in indian file, closely followed by their soon-to-be companion

We were delighted with Battery Power's victory at Southwell yesterday, especially as it was another homebred winner from Dullingham Park. The homebred winners have formed the backbone of our year and have been a real tribute to all the hard work that Angie and her team put in at the stud.  This filly has been improving steadily throughout the year and has been trained with the future in mind, as her family improves considerably as they get older, so it was especially pleasing that we could get a win on the board as a two year old. She will now have a holiday and we have next season to look forward to. For those of you, who know the feeling of having a winner, they will understand that the owners, the Marriott family, were over the moon and Richard was so excited that he couldn't speak afterwards: that is what owning a horse can do for you. Wherever they win, it is so special and this is what Racing for Change should be trying to sell. Our other three were slightly disappointing with Miss Wendy and Astrovenus not liking the all-weather and Astroleo will be back over hurdles when the ground is better. 


Exeter ride is a hive of activity with all the yearlings waiting anxiously for their turn to go out

Three runners today at Southwell and a very early start with two runners in the 12.20pm race. Dictate ran quite nicely at Newmarket first time and has improved from it, so if he handles the surface, he should be thereabouts. Colzium has had a couple of runs and is a big, scopey colt, who will be better next season but is another unknown on this surface. Watch Chain, who runs in the 7 furlong race at 1.20pm, is always thereabouts and, although drawn pretty badly in 13, he must have a chance after his good run at Lingfield last time. He is a course winner, so the surface holds no worries. If any of you have not been to Southwell, it is one of those tracks that is very weather dependent. Yesterday was a sunny day and dry, which certainly helps but today will be the complete opposite and will be dire. However, saying that all the people, who work there, are cheerful, enthusiastic and love the involvement. The food and beverage outlets are good and are always warm and welcoming, so it wouldn't be the best day today to have a first visit but put it in your minds for later.