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Another very mild morning...

Friday, 11 February 2011


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
 - Maya Angelou



The horses walking off Warren Hill in the early morning

Another very mild morning and, as the light has come up so has the sun, making it a delightful morning. The shower of rain we had yesterday has made the grass absolutely perfect and all the older horses have had a good canter on it this morning. I gave all the staff a team talk at 6.30 am this morning, to try and inspire them for the coming season and what our plans for the horses were. The one thing I expect and demand from anyone, who works at Flint Cottage, is enthusiasm and interest in what they are doing. It is like anything in life, if you are doing a job that you love, it is so much easier and you get so much more out of it.


First lot cantering up Warren Hill grass

It was very sad to read yesterday in the Racing Post of Bob Back's death at the age of 30. John O'Connor, the manager at Ballylinch Stud, where he stood all his life said it was 'the end of an era' and how right he was. He was a top class horse when he was in training with Michael Jarvis, sireing so many high class and tough performers under both codes. His blood lines made him an easy horse to mate with any mare and his offspring were always very sought after. Bob's Return, our St. Leger winner, would be high up on his list and I have many wonderful memories of him; from, firstly, buying Bob at Goffs in Ireland to the many great days he gave everybody connected with him. Bob's Return went on to be a very successful jumping sire and recently Big Bad Bob has continued his line very successfully, standing at the Irish National Stud. Dullingham Park's mare, Tenpence, is by Bob Back and we are absolutely delighted with her offspring, who all look to have plenty of talent and that genuineness and toughness; I am sure she will breed something top class very shortly.


The two year olds on the Warren Hill Mactrack


Mystery Star (Iain) on Warren Hill grass

The Warren Hill polytrack is now open once again after being shut for several days while it has been re-surfaced. It is a very costly operation every time this is done but the Jockey Club Estates do a fantastic job and it is now riding like a carpet once again. It has always been the most popular canter in town, primarily because it is on a hill and would certainly get between 1000 and 1500 horses canter on it daily.     


The Heathmen hard at work yesterday, collecting and spreading the new surface (above) and (below) the finished product this morning.