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It was cool first lot....

Saturday, 05 March 2011

"If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself."

 - Spanish Proverb



First lot cantering up Warren Hill grass

It was cool at first lot but clear and bright, so once the sun gets up it will be a glorious day. The ground on the grass canters is starting to dry up and is in perfect condition. Quite a bit of chat this morning from fellow trainers, as the Al Bahathri is still shut and Saturday morning is a very popular galloping time. The polytrack mix, which is done near Lambourn, cannot be made until the temperatures are consistently above a certain level; so, let's hope everything can be sorted out by next week. All this has meant is that several trainers have had to visit the Cambridge Road polytrack if they wanted to do fast work. We have just been having our normal, easy Saturday morning canter and a quiet walk back.


Barwick (Butch), Old Boy Ted (Colin) and Akula (Abby)


Finger Spin (Abbi) and Miss Wendy (Ruth)

I mentioned yesterday that we went to the Links schooling grounds and worked a few horses on the Railway Line gallop. I was delighted with how they all went and Akula showed me he is in great shape, when moving very nicely with Smokey Oakey. Butch Smith-Eccles, who rode him, was full of enthusiasm afterwards and he will take his chance in the 'Fred Winter' at the Cheltenham Festival. His form stands up well, he has experience of the track and if the ground continues to dry a bit I would be very hopeful of a big display.


Emerging from the copse on Long Hill

It is all go on the stud and the two new foals, a Halling filly to Tawny Way and a Sakhee colt to Dolls House, are both doing well. It took us a while to get the filly on to the mare to suckle but, at last, she has got the idea and is now going at it like a bull in a china shop. We are starting to fill up the boxes with mares and foals and this warmer weather will, hopefully, help to get the grass growing; especially in the foal paddocks, which take such a hammering at this time of year. We are also covering a couple this weekend, one today and one on Sunday but, fortunately, not  going too far: only a mile or two to Cheveley Park Stud.


MHT with Tony Jakobson, the doyen of Newmarket racing journalists

Another good sporting weekend with the cricket continuing to enthrall everybody. There has been plenty of chat between all the nationalities working in town, as you can imagine; even the Irish have had something to crow about this time. England plays South Africa this weekend. Arsenal are at home to Sunderland, so that looks like another three points and The Owls are at home to Plymouth, who are bottom of the league, so that should mean an easy win but don't count your chickens too soon.


My Guardian Angel (Abby) walking home after cantering