Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A nice, clear, bright morning....

Wednesday, 05 January 2011


"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let each new year find you a better man."

 ~Benjamin Franklin



Arriving at The Links

A nice, clear, bright morning with plenty of wind but bitterly cold. As you can see from the photos, it looks a lovely morning but, in fact, the wind made it 10 degrees colder and you needed plenty of coats on, especially in the open spaces of the Links schooling ground. I made the big mistake of leaving off my overtrousers and that will not happen again. I am making a prediction now that we will have snow throughout the country by next week.


Warming up over the tyres 

Colin and Mattie were on duty this morning on the schooling grounds and were kept busy by various trainers. We have fantastic facilities at Newmarket for the National Hunt side of things and it always amazes me that we have not attracted a big National Hunt trainer. There have been plenty of top class jumpers trained here over the years and it would be marvellous if a top horse was to appear at HQ again. All went well this morning with Ashley taking the mount on Finger Spin and the three of them schooled really well. The wind had dried up the ground so much that it was very much on the 'good' side. 


Miss Wendy

Astroleo ran as well as we could have expected yesterday to finish third. He really is the most genuine of horses, who may not have that blistering speed or top class ability but he gives his all and I am sure we can win another little race or two with him this coming year. He is not very big but jumps hurdles well and, on the ground we had this morning, he is sure to be able to run well in the National Hunt sphere.


Miss Wendy (Colin Bolger), Finger Spin (Ashley) and Astrovenus (Mattie Bachelor)

For those of you who are superstitious, it is twelfth night tonight, so make sure all your decorations are down. We have been having a debate on the issue but the final decision is that it is tonight. It starts on Christmas Eve when traditionally that was the start of it all, so there is no excuse if things are left up.



A big match tonight when Manchester City visit Arsenal, so Phil and Ian are already starting to get nervous. It should be a good match to watch and will go a long way to decide who will be runner-up in the title race.


Miss Wendy with Finger Spin in full flight

Charlie, our teaser, has been enjoying himself recently out in the snow but soon will be getting in to top gear with the covering season not far off. We have retired several maiden mares this year, so David and the crew will be starting to monitor them to see when they come into season. I am busy deciding on the stallions for the coming year and many have already been booked but it is always worth looking at the new ones and checking that the established ones are in good shape. I have just finished reading Tony Morris's new book on breeding and can highly recommend it to anybody who has an interest in the subject. With all the new scientific research going on at the moment and new theories being bandied about, in my opinion, it still boils down to quite a bit of chance, good management of the studs and good training - common sense really.


Charlie the teaser