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A much colder morning...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

"Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us."
  - Charlotte Bronte



Setting off at the bottom of Warren Hill grass canter

A much colder morning, purely because the wind has got up and is blowing right through you. We have been lucky lately with the weather but it is now back to what we expect from a normal  February. Very good exercise this morning, using the grass canters on Warren Hill and Side Hill. I keep increasing the work load on a weekly basis and monitor each individual horse, as to how they are progressing and developing. Everything from their temperatures, to their coat, to how they are eating and how much are all taken into consideration, along with their general well-being and outlook.  


Walking off Side Hill after cantering

It looks like Newbury's Saturday card will move to next Friday and, with the races that were programmed, it is a great achievement to get them back on. As Cheltenham is nearly upon us, it gives the trainers with prospective runners a chance to give them a prep race before the big day. In the olden days this would have never happened and it is one of the better things to have changed of late - well done to everybody concerned.


A heathman moves the marker disc to open up some fresh ground

I would love to be an insider in the Government and to have the knowledge of what they are thinking regarding the sale of the Tote. There are many comments and suggestions in all the papers and a lot of discussion must have been going on between the interested parties behind the scenes. As long as the Tote is sold to somebody, who has the resources and the imagination to see the big picture in the long term, with the proceeds and profits benefitting the industry for years to come, we will be going in the right direction. We need the successful purchasers to be 100% aligned with the industry, as it could and should be of tremendous benefit for the foreseeable future.


MHT monitors the horses after cantering

We had another foal last night at Dullingham Park. Astromancer had an attractive bay filly by Black Sam Bellamy, her fourth filly on the trot. My prediction before the birth was a big black colt and what did we get, a most delightful bay filly with three white legs and a big star on her forehead. For those that don't know, Black Sam Bellamy is a full brother to champion sire, Galileo. He started off his career in Germany but is now standing in England at Shade Oak Stud. We will put up a picture of the new arrival tomorrow. 


Second lot walking through Warren Hill copse on the way to Side Hill


The two year olds emerge onto Side Hill with mares grazing in the background


Barwick leads the two year olds around Side Hill yearling canter


Standing to attention after cantering