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

Still pretty cold this morning...

Thursday, 03 March 2011

"A lot of people approach risk as if it's the enemy when it's really fortune's accomplice."

 - Sting



First lot cantering up Warren Hill

Still pretty cold this morning but no wind, thank goodness and it is starting to get lighter each day; although you wouldn't know it at the moment, as first lot was pretty dingy. Plenty of staff in today with everybody coming out of their winter break and some old faces joining the new gang. We have been on the grass up Warren Hill again first and second lot, which was virgin ground, as so many strings still prefer the all-weather surfaces.


Akula leads the string down through Long Hill copse

We had another foal last night at Dullingham, when Azure Mist had a strong colt by Halling, which was her first foal. She was a very genuine filly in training and, I am sure, she will make a good broodmare - this colt is a great start (pictures will be up tomorrow). It is all go at the moment with five mares queuing up to have their foals.


MHT on the Heath with John and Bridget Brenchley


The season is less than a month away now and everyone is working flat out to have everything ready for the busy months ahead. Iain and David are making sure that all the silks are clean and ironed, ready for their first appearance of the flat season on the racecourse. All the racing bridles and tack have to be checked that the stitching is in perfect condition and are clean, sponsored jackets and sheets need to be organised and in the right place. It is amazing every time a horse goes racing how much paraphenalia goes with them.
Ryan, my maintenance man, has spent a fair bit of the winter steam cleaning and painting the yard and all the boxes; he has now moved on to re-grouting the brickwork at Exeter Ride and is cleaning out the guttering and removing the moss from the roofs at Flint Cottage. There never seems to be an end to the jobs that need to be done but I take a lot of pride in the appearance of the yard and I like everything to be done properly.  


Mystery Star (Iain)


Cotton Grass (Colin), Astromoon (Abbi) and Brushing (Nikki)


Colin gives MHT the feedback on Cotton Grass, as they cross the Moulton Road.