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An overcast, dreary morning...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

 - Charles Kingsley



Akula (Abby) and Smokey Oakey (Butch) lead first lot onto the grass on Warren Hill

An overcast, dreary morning and it looks like rain today but it is definitely forecast for tomorrow. All the older horses have done two canters up the grass on Warren Hill first lot and the two year olds have been up both tracks on Warren Hill. Everything continues to progress well but we still need a good spell of warm weather to get their coats thinking it is springtime.


Battery Power (Lauren) and Finger Spin (Abbi)

We have several mares at Dullingham on the verge of producing and the lads, who are doing the sitting-up, are keeping a sharp eye on everything. There are various signs to look out for but mares are very clever things and can spring a surprise at anytime, so you always need to keep your wits about you.
There have been two good articles on breeding in yesterday's and today's Racing Post. There was a very good article yesterday on Francois Boutin, the top class French trainer, who loved his horses and loved the breeding industry. It was a fascinating insight into how he thought and how much emphasis he put onto the character of each horse. The final conclusion of the article was that you can't gain experience from reading books and the internet: it is more experience and observation. Today's article on another French breeder, who has had great luck in producing National Hunt horses both here and in France, was another good example of how luck and good fortune play such a major part.


Cornish Beau (Butch) cantering up Long Hill second lot


Cornish Quest (Rhea)


Astromoon (Abbi)


At the top of Long Hill, after cantering