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A very wet morning....

Friday, 07 January 2011


"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

  - John Ruskin



Colzium (Abbi)

A very wet morning but still, thankfully, on the mild side and, apart from the later lots, we have been able to get out and do a good exercise. The Heath has stood up well to the cold weather and the blanket of snow which has covered it for so long. My prediction of snow is looking less likely and I should leave my astrological thinking to my owner, who is a professional at it.


Astroleo leads the two year olds up Warren Hill in perfect indian file

It looks like we are going to get less dope testing on the racecourse from now on, so I gather from an article today in the Racing Post and more in-training testing instead, similar to the athletes. It may be the right idea, as so many tests are done on winners and horses that do not run as expected on the racetrack. I never know how they select the ones to be done and am always amazed as to why they pick them. I think the idea of in-training testing is a good one and anybody who keeps the proper medical book has nothing to fear.   


Ron (Iain)

It is the last day to send in replies to Phil's quiz and the results will be published on Saturday. I think it is very close with quite a few more entries coming in yesterday but still nobody has 100% correct answers. It looks like it may be a pick-out-of-the-hat job and we will put the answers on the 'Competition' page tomorrow morning. This year's Christmas quiz has been a great success and the next one will be exclusively about the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, which will start approximately at the Craven meeting in April. 


Sir Mark Prescott casts an admiring eye over Like Clockwork (Nikki)


Tiger Hill ex Gold Hush colt (Hannah)


Lady Bellatrix (Ashley) sets off at the bottom of Warren Hill