Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

No snow overnight...

Friday, 03 December 2010


The Rail Link ex Tenpence colt (Holly) followed by the Act One ex Highbrook colt (Zeeshan)


“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.”

- Irish Blessing


The Act One ex Torcross colt (Dan)

No snow overnight and still pretty cold but very bearable, if you get all the layers of clothing on. All the lads are working exceedingly hard and it is a great credit to them that the whole yard keeps on turning. We have several away on holiday, one or two ill and Colin has retired for the winter but all this makes no difference to the happy band, who carry on regardless.  


The Iceman ex Fiddle-Dee-Dee colt (Hannah)

There seems to be some sensible chat about the Levy in the Racing Post today, let's hope the Secretary of State thinks so as well and we can get some clarity on the way forward for the future. There is so much to look forward to in the racing world with the influx of new people at the sales, that if we can just get this prize money situation sorted out, we can really make some progress. 


Mares at Dullingham Park

The mares at the stud will be soon starting to come in and settle into their boxes to get ready for the foaling season, which will be starting in January. It is amazing how quickly it comes round, it only seems like yesterday that they had foals, who are now up at Garrowby and the yearlings are in training. Angie and I are now working on next year's matings, which is one of the most important aspects of the whole job. We get bombarded with glossy brochures and facts and figures from the stallion masters for all the available stallions, new and old. We then try to match pedigree, confirmation and distance all together and, hopefully, breed a top class racehorse. You always need that one item - good luck.    


The ducks at Dullingham park on the partially frozen pond

As you can see from the picture below, the building of Premier Inn, opposite Waitrose in Newmarket, continues apace and the tower crane is still in use. They seem to have been forever getting this monstrosity built, unlike the Majestic wine warehouse new building, which has just opened adjacent to the Clocktower roundabout. That building has really tidied up the area and has been built with quality materials. The whole of Newmarket is holding its breath to see what the hotel will eventually look like, as the pre-build photographs were nothing like what it will eventually look like. 


The Premier Inn goes ever upwards, standing between Waitrose and the Catholic church 

England failed to get the 2018 World Cup yesterday, in fact, we only got two votes out of twenty two and one of those was English. So with the great bid we put in and all the work put in by everybody, from our future king to David Beckham, it was all in vain and FIFA have just done what they want to do. What we should do now is withdraw from FIFA altogether, go it alone in the world of football, bring in new innovations, i.e. goal line technology, penalty reviews by TV, etc. straight away. We have the best league in the world, the best players, fans, media, stadiums, etc . The world cannot get enough of the Premier League, so we certainly don't need a bunch of amateurs telling us what to do.