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A very damp, darkish morning

Monday, 28 February 2011

"The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it."

 - John Ruskin



Smokey Oakey and Butch lead first lot on their way to the Heath

A very damp, darkish morning with ongoing drizzle and the temperature is not very high as well so, all-in-all, one of those miserable mornings. It is amazingly quiet on the Heath this morning, just when I was expecting it to be like Piccadilly Circus; in fact, it was as quiet as the Arsenal supporters at the end of the match yesterday. We have been out and had a good Monday morning exercise and the string was slightly noisier than usual, as Colin Williams has arrived back from his annual hibernation.


Koraleva Tectona (Dan)

The ground everywhere at the moment is desperate and the spectacle of the Eider Chase on Saturday at Newcastle was a very poor advert for the sport. Only two finished in real time and a third had to re-start after being pulled up. You would have thought that they would have called the meeting off but maybe the TV money persuaded them differently. There is no pleasure at all in watching very tired and game horses finish the way they did and why-oh-why didn't the jockeys get off and lead the two that actually finished back in to the winning enclosure. They had just given their all over four miles plus on ground that was so heavy fences had to be omitted. I put it all down to the management of the course and hope they would do it differently, if circumstances were the same again. 


The two year old colts, second lot, get in line ready to canter

We had another foal at Dullingham over the weekend, when Mega had a very attractive filly by Zamindar. She was soon up on her feet and mother and daughter are doing well. The mare has produced nothing but winners and this looks the real deal and could be the next Zarkova! There will be some pictures of her tomorrow.


Like Clockwork (Rhea)

Great sport over the weekend and anybody, who has any interest in sport, would have loved it. England beating France at rugby, England tying with India, in what can only be described as a fantastic game, in the cricket World Cup, the underdogs, Birmingham City, beating Arsenal in the Carling Cup final and The Owls winning away at Carlisle. Also congtatulations must go to Luke Donald who won the World Matchplay golf and has now moved to the world's number three. 


Shomberg (Lauren)