Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

A mild morning and no wind....

Monday, 24 January 2011



"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection."

 - Thomas Paine


Pulling out at Flint Cottage

A mild morning and no wind, so quite a pleasant morning for a change. Everything has been out and had a good, healthy canter, which is more than you can say for me. I have had this cold/flu bug hanging on all last week, where your voice goes (at least the lads couldn't hear the bollockings), your head is full of cold and you generally feel dreadful. Barry Cook of Roalco cheered me up no end at the weekend, when he informed me that it lasted for weeks and, just when you thought you had got over it, it came back again! Steve Avery has the same thing and is doing gallantly to ride out this morning.   


My Guardian Angel (Abby)

One runner today at Kempton, Astrodiva, who runs in the 2.45 pm race. We have stepped her up in trip to two miles and, if Ashley can get her in the right position, she is off a handicap mark, which makes her very competitive.


Heading over to Exeter ride

Tony McCoy was seen at his best on Master Minded, just getting him home at Ascot on Saturday and how refreshing and typical of the man that he blamed himself for it being so close.  Haydock was abandoned, much to everybody's aggravation, as it looked like the clerk of the course had given everybody an optimistic forecast before the heavy frost came. I can't believe what I read in the Racing Post on Sunday, as he stated they had been mowing the flat course because the weather was mild. MOWING the flat course - is the man barmy? Anybody who does anything with lawns or grass knows you don't mow the grass in winter: it is not even growing. I think he must have been reading a book, written by an Australian on turf management, as it is the Australian summer at the moment.


Lady Bellatrix (Nikki) and the Piccolo ex Sosumi filly (Dan) 

Another winner for Dullingham Park at the weekend, when Ruby Brook, bred by Pollards Stable and sold as a yearling at Doncaster Sales, won on his debut as a three year old at Lingfield on Saturday. He is an half-brother to Ted Spread, our Chester Vase winner and out of Highbrook, who was a great servant to the stud. Her last foal a colt by Act One is for sale on our 'Horses for Sale' page - he is a cracking colt and is improving on a daily basis. Let's hope Ruby Brook can improve again and go on to even better things. We have still had no foals but they are getting nearer.


Rayvin Black (Ashley) crossing the Moulton Road

Phil and Ian are cock-a-hoop that Arsenal managed another win at the weekend and look the only creditable challengers to Manchester United. The Owls crashed to a big defeat away at Leyton Orient and must get their act together quickly or it will be another season in the lower divisions. Our new chairman will be pushing the whole outfit to improve quickly.