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After a cold night....

Friday, 04 March 2011

"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery."

 -  H.G. Wells



Barwick leads the string up Long Hill

After a cold night, it was still pretty cool first thing this morning. We had a good, mixed first lot with several gallopers going up and using the Links 'line gallop', while the rest of the horses went up Long Hill polytrack. It is a good, old-fashioned gallop at the Links and the old saying, 'it sorts the men out from the boys' certainly holds true at the end of this gallop; in fact, the lads were blowing harder than the horses on pulling up. Everything else has just done a normal, healthy canter, using both the Bury Side hills.


Colzium walks on to the canter at the bottom of Long Hill

I see from the Racing Post that quite a few racecourses have signed up to the free entry campaign, an idea the Racing for Pennies group has been pushing. I can't see the benefit in this but I suppose when the crowds are so small you may get a few more who want to keep warm! People don't want to go and see poor racing, which is all these courses are producing on these dates. The spectators are not the problem. If the card is attractive enough, 'they will come'.


Bird of Faith and Nikki walking home after cantering


Toptempo (Ashley)

Very hectic overnight and this morning at Dullingham Park with Tawny Way giving birth to a bay filly by Halling and Dolls House a colt by Sakhee. Angie and David have not been to bed at all and it doesn't look like they will get any rest before this afternoon at the earliest. I, at least, managed a few hours but the staff on both studs do a fantastic job and I know everybody very much appreciates it.


Azure Mist with her colt foal by Halling