Go to Kempton or Wolverhampton and then you will see what racing is really like ...

A darkish, damp morning...

Saturday, 20 November 2010



First lot canters around Side Hill in the half-light of the early morning

"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."  

~Arabian Proverb


First lot emerging from the copse at the top of Warren Hill

A darkish, damp morning but certainly not cold and we have had a full first lot of horses having a good canter of about a mile around Side Hill polytrack; they all moved well and we had no problems.


The Halling ex Optimistic colt

Our runners yesterday were a mixed bunch with Smokey Oakey running very well at Ascot but the horse that beat us looks like living up to its name, it certainly won like a Megastar. He is a great big strong horse, who is on his way to the top, so Smokey Oakey lost nothing in defeat and is sure to win before the season is out. Marvo surprised me that he blew hard after the race and may have needed it more than I thought. Mystery Star was fourth at Wolverhampton and it looks to me know that the trip was far too short. He will now be kept for all the good staying handicaps on the flat next season, of which the Chester Cup and Northumberland Plate spring to mind. 


The yearlings out on Rayes Lane after a good trot in the ride

One runner today, Akula at Huntingdon in the 1.40 pm race, the three year old novice hurdle over two miles. He won well last time at Ludlow, he has improved physically since and he also schooled very well this week, so I am hopeful of a very good run today.


Then walking back the other way

The Owls are away at Milton Keynes today, which is another exotic outing for the fans and they need to win this to keep the momentum going and to attract a would-be suitor to save them financially. Arsenal are at home to Spurs, which is live on TV at 12.45 pm, so Phil will be sitting there with a pork pie in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other. This is the big one of the year against their biggest enemy and it should be a cracking match.