Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

Another cold, bright, frosty morning

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


First lot, led by Smokey Oakey, arrive at the top of Railway Land


" Of time that's passed, thou can't recall.
Of time to come, thou are not sure at all. 
Only the present is in thy power. 
So see thou improve the present hour. "


- Sir Richard Musgrave 


Akula (Colin) and Mystery Star (Nikki)

Another cold, bright, frosty morning with no wind - thank goodness - as any wind would make it bitter with the chill factor. First lot have been over to the Al Bahathri on Railway Land, via a canter down the Town sand. They all did a bit of work, in preparation for their intended outings later on in the week and I am delighted to say that they all still look well and seem in good form.


Smokey Oakey (Ashley) and Marvo (Holly)  

We have two runners today at Southwell, starting with Astrodonna in the 3.20 pm race. She has won twice this autumn but her hat trick came unstuck at Doncaster last time in one of those funny apprentice races. It was a race for international apprentices, where you were allocated a jockey and then an interpreter, also the ground was plenty quick enough for her. I would be hopeful that she will be in the shake-up today. Astrodiva runs in the next race, the 3.50 pm, where she steps up to a mile and an half on the fibresand. Arguably, this filly ran her best race at York over a mile and six furlongs and her mother won over that trip, so I feel that the mile and an half today holds no worries for her. Again, I would be hopeful that she will be in the shake-up.


Astroleo (Dan)

There are several letters in today's Racing Post in support of Alastair Down's article about Jim McGrath's departure from the BHA. I can only hope that it is not too late to reverse the decisions taken by Racing for Change, all made in the name of progress; as these decisions were taken by marketing and media-driven men, not by the people, who love and understand racing. The professionals in the industry are not against change, in fact, quite the opposite, we want a modern, effective industry but we do not want change for change's sake. It is time for Racing for Change to listen to the industry and to move forward in consultation with them. 


Astrovenus (Wajid) and Miss Wendy (Abby)


Taking a turn on Lord Derby's private ground after working