Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Another very cold morning...

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Astroleo (Abbi), Smokey Oakey (Ashley) and Astrodonna (Iain)

"Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him."

  ~Lord Chesterfield

The site won't be updated until next Tuesday, as MHT has very kindly given Neil a long weekend! Normal service will resume then.


The yearlings, led by Watch Chain, trot away at the bottom of Warren Hill

Another very cold morning and the wind is just starting to blow, so the chill factor is kicking in. I have just seen in the Daily Mail that it is going to be the coldest November for years with plenty of snow and ice, so it is warm coats, gloves and over-trousers for me every morning from now on. We had two canters up Warren Hill with the ones in work and the yearlings, as you can see from the photo above, are getting the idea of cantering in a group.


The Halling ex Optimistic and Act One ex Torcross colts set off

It was the start of December sales yesterday here in Newmarket, in fact , there was one day of yearlings on Monday, which was the finish of the yearling season. It is foals this week, followed by the mares and fillies out of training next week. The foal buyers are a breed of their own with great optimism and the good foals yesterday made good prices with competition fierce for them. Anything with no pedigree or problems or by an unfashionable sire was very hard to sell and, I am sure, the market is starting to get it right. Let's hope the stallion masters who set the prices for their nominations will take note when issuing their fees. It is a marvellous industry we all work in, which is now worldwide and every year new people from different countries come forward. India and the Far East are very much to the fore again and some of the newer European countries are beginning to grow their interest. They all come to Newmarket and to Tattersalls, which is undoubtedly the best sales company in the world. You can see all the goings-on live via the videolink if you visit


The yearlings walking home after cantering

We have just started to trial a new bedding product, made of straw pellets, which can be re-cycled, is dust free and it looks to me as if it could be a winner. Some has just gone into Shadwell Stud, so they can trial it as well and it will be interesting to see the outcome of the experiences. They have been using it quite a while in Australia and a new plant is just being developed here. 


The new straw pellet bedding