Go to Kempton or Wolverhampton and then you will see what racing is really like ...

Still very windy this morning...

Monday, 07 February 2011

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

 - Nelson Mandela



Darren doing his feed round in the pink light of dawn

Still very windy this morning but we have escaped the rain that has affected the north of England and Scotland, so the ground here on the grass canters is very good. Unlike the ground that we ran on this weekend, which I can only describe as green mud, where there was a very thin, weak covering of grass on a earth base. Most racecourses have the terrible habit of cutting the grass too short all year round and, consequently, there is no cover at all on the racing surface. Also, because there is so much racing, the surface never gets a chance to recover; we must have a reduction in the fixture list to rectify this situation. 


Astroverdi (Zeeshan) pulls out second lot

If you read the above about the ground at the tracks, you will understand why our horses ran so badly at the weekend. We would never even canter on that ground at home and my flat bred horses can't jump with any fluency out of that sticky ground. It may be a while until we have another runner over hurdles.


Dazinsky (Steve)

You may or may not have noticed a new innovation on our 'Home' page with the flags of many nations, which  changes the language typeface of the site. Hopefully this will help many more people to be involved with the site. Give it a go and see if you can read Chinese or better still advertize the fact to everybody you know living in these countries.
Our first foal of the year arrived on Saturday night, a lovely chesnut filly by Dutch Art out of Seasonal Blossom. All went pretty well and she was soon up and sucking; she looks a real character and flies round the box jumping and kicking. I hope she turns out as good as Brushing, her three-parts sister.   


Filly foal by Dutch Art ex Seasonal Blossom

You will have read of the web-based 5-to-follow winner, John Powell, who won a share in one of the horses for this year; he has opted to have a share in Comrade Bond for the 2011 season. Our competition for 2011 is now up and running, so have a go. We also run a yard-based one, which if anybody wants to have a go, please e-mail - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it -  to receive the forms. Last year's was won by Brian Platts (he seems to have won one or two things this year but, I can assure you, he has been trying for thirty years and this is the first year he has been anywhere near). Second was a combination of Richard Thornalley and Reg Gray and third was yours truly.  Good prizes are always available for the winners. I also have a team-based one and this year the prize was won by Kelvin Smith, our maintenance man at Dullingham. A prize is also given to the person, who looks after the 'winningmost' horse and this year it was shared between Sue, who looks after Kathleen Frances and Nikki, who looks after Brushing.


The proud mother with her new baby!

What a weekend of football with a record number of goals scored in the Premiership and, I suppose the best match of all, was the Newcastle-Arsenal match which finished 4-4. I don't have to tell you what Phil and Ian think of it and, as usual, Arsene Wenger didn't see the sending-off or the penalties. As for The Owls, once again, they couldn't beat a nine man side and, as enthusiastic and loyal as I am to Sheffield Wednesday and that will never change, I just can't understand the appointment of the new manager. I have already had a bet with my brother that we have no chance of being promoted next season, in fact, I fear we may go the other way.