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A dull, misty sort of morning

Saturday, 04 December 2010


Kinsya (Iain) leads the yearlings up Warren Hill in the fog

“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not”

- Anonymous



The Observatory ex Seasonal Blossom colt (Nikki)

A dull, misty sort of morning and still very cold. We have had no extra snow overnight and, in fact, it is beginning to disappear in places. We have a few lads back from holiday this morning, so the yearling string has got a bit bigger but I am losing one or two again next week, who go on holiday. It is the best time of year for everybody to take their holidays because it is not as busy as it will be from March onwards.  


At the top of Warren Hill after cantering

As you can see from the pictures below, Garrowby has been under nearly two feet of snow and we have a considerable amount of horses up there: mares, weanlings, yearlings and plenty of horses out-of-training, who are having a break. Alan has been dodging the snowstorms and giving them an hour or two out of their boxes in the paddocks whenever possible. We have an indoor walker and turnout barns, so everything is getting exercised and it works well for mucking them out. Two weeks worth of feed arrived yesterday, which needed moving by hand but thank goodness we got it, in case we get hit again and the old adage 'it's hanging around for some more' may come true. 


Looking down the drive at Garrowby 

It was the Racehorse Owners' Awards dinner this week at the Park Lane Hilton in London. Workforce was given 'Horse of the year', very deservingly so after winning the Derby and the Arc and Khaled Abdullah was given 'Owner of the year'. All the other awards were very well deserved, my only one reservation was that Newbury, which is a brilliant course, was voted 'Course of the year' again. I think if owners would take the time to go to Chester and experience the hospitality and prize money that is put on by this course, there may have been a different outcome.  


Three friends in the snow - Dulcie, Missoula and Four Miracles

Lingfield was abandoned yesterday at a very late stage and there has been plenty of grumbling about why the decision could not have been made earlier - quite rightly in my opinion. Everybody has to set off very early to get to these racecourses, particularly now with the bad weather and an early decision, yes or no, is most definitely required. Everybody wants to race and keep the show on the road but dithering doesn't do anybody any good at all. It may now have concentrated a few minds and new plans, as to how they work these all-weather tracks, can be put into place. Let's hope so, as all this travel costs the owners money and they get no recompense.