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A bitterly cold morning

Wednesday, 01 December 2010



The indoor ride provides some shelter from the cold


"Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind." 
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge




The yearlings canter in perfect Indian file up Warren Hill

A bitterly cold morning with a wind that seems to cut right through you today. The sun keeps trying to come out and when it does everywhere looks quite picturesque but it is one of those days when it is hard to get warm. The canters, as you can see, have been well harrowed and the Heath staff have risen to the occasion, keeping the all-weather canters and the walking grounds in terrific shape.  


Nikki on the Singspiel ex Humility filly

Both yesterday's runners performed with credit but neither were helped by the snow covered track, which made it ride on the slow and rather dead side. Dictate finished third but he is a big, weak horse, who would have appreciated a bit more life in the track to help him; anyway, we shall put him away now and let him develop over the winter. He has shown us enough in his three runs this year to suggest that there should be some nice middle distance races to be won with him next year. Watch Chain finished fourth but, again, he seemed to find the track hard work and did not really get home on that ground. It was his first time over a mile and maybe he does not stay that far but I would be more inclined to blame the ground than the distance. 


Holly on the Three Valleys ex Dolls House filly


The Carnival Dancer ex Astrolove filly (Hannah) and the Piccolo ex Sosumi filly (Zeeshan) 


The Observatory ex Seasonal Blossom colt expressing his affection for Caroline