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

A mixed morning with quite a bit of mist and fog...

Friday, 19 November 2010


Newmarket Heath bathed in the early morning mist

"Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands but, like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and, following them, you will reach your destiny."

  ~Carl Schurz, address, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 1859


Akula (Colin) having a pipe-opener before his race at Huntingdon tomorrow

A mixed morning with quite a bit of mist and fog, so with no wind it may linger a while but the sky is clear and it should make into a nice day later on. Good canters up Warren Hill polytrack was the order of the day for first lot and Steve Avery had the most recent yearling to arrive out in the long-reins. She is another homebred from Dullingham Park, the first foal by Halling of the Group 3 winner Topatoo, who is the spitting image of her mother and by a stallion I love. I keep saying it but they are a really nice bunch.


Kinsya (Ashley) and Dictate (Nikki) having a sharp canter up Warren Hill

Three runners today, two in the same race at Ascot and then one tonight at Wolverhampton. At Ascot, we run both Smokey Oakey and Marvo in the 2.10 pm race, the introductory hurdle, which is a race for horses who have not run more than twice over hurdles. Just looking at the whole of Ascot today, they must be very disappointed with the turnout in all their races, as the prize money is very good. Smokey Oakey ran well first time at Kempton and will have gained a lot for the experience, so I expect him to run well. Marvo has schooled very well and has plenty of talent; they are both running on their merits today. There are one or two of these with reasonable bumper form but that sometimes doesn't translate to hurdles. At Wolverhampton tonight in the 7.15 pm race, we run Mystery Star. I know I stated that we wouldn't be having any runners at Wolverhamton or Kempton evening meetings because of the cost situation and the poor prize money but this race is £13,8oo added and so is one of those that is worth running in. Unfortunately there are very few like it and I think it is only going to get worse in the next year with prize money plummeting at these group-owned tracks. Mystery Star won well last time, he should be okay with the drop in trip and he is also two-for-two at Wolverhampton. He has one to beat in the Irish raider Pires, who was third in the Cambridgeshire and has form at Dundalk but we are in good form and have a good jockey, so I am hopeful.


Some of the yearlings warming up in the indoor ride

We are in full flight, steam cleaning and painting and decorating in the yard. The maintenance of property is a constant thing and the more you do the easier it becomes but horses chew, kick and destroy everything pretty quickly and you must keep on top of things at all times. All the rugs have gone off to be cleaned and mended.
Phil is doing lists of flu vaccinations which every horse will be having shortly, I am a great believer in keeping the flu injections at smaller intervals so rather than have one injection a year we would have three. In my opinion, it gives them a better immunity. 


The Rail Link ex Tenpence (Barwick and Zenarinda's brother) - what a lovely, strong colt!