Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A glorious morning....

Monday, 07 March 2011

"Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path."

 - Scandinavian Proverb



Akula leads first lot on their way to Railway Land

A glorious morning with not a cloud in the sky and the first, really spring morning that we have had. Let's hope we can get several more days like this, as their coats would start to come out in bundles if we did. The forecasters have been mentioning snow again for the middle of next week but, for once, let's hope they are a long way from the truth.
I took first lot down to Railway Land, one of my usual Monday morning exercises and all went smoothly. All the new staff have settled in well and are beginning to get to know the Heath and what I expect from them: the pace and how I like the horses to be ridden. Second lot have been up Warren Hill grass and the two year olds up the Long Hill polytrack and then through the practice starting stalls. This bit of the exercise was vastly improved from last week, as they begin to understand that there are no dangers from within. It will make going through the proper ones much easier.


Crossing the Limekilns

Everybody is starting to get used to the tariffs, both the horsemen and racecourses, and it looks like with common sense and plenty of discussion we can get somewhere. With the present financial situation, as it is and looks like being for the next few years, all the horsemen are asking for is just living prize money and that is if the horse is good enough to win anything. We must keep encouraging new owners into this sport and the financial side of things always helps. Everybody understands that the racecourses have their own problems but without horses to race they will have even bigger ones.


Akula (Abby) set off at the bottom of Railway land

The foals keep coming at Dullingham Park and, hard on the heels of Tawny Way's Halling filly and Doll's House's Sakhee colt, came Tenpence with a cracking filly by Three Valleys on Saturday evening. She was up quickly and got the idea of drinking from the mare in no time. I know I often wish my life away but I can't wait for two year's time, when I start to train this year's batch of foals. We have some real crackers already. Two more to go in this bunch and then a short break till early April when the next ones come on stream.


Comrade Bond (Rhea)


Astroverdi (Ashley)

Great sport at the weekend with England's match in the World Cup against South Africa being the highlight. Phil and Ian were quite happy with the results over the weekend, which went their way in the end. The Owls, as predicted, got hammered at home by the bottom club, who are  also in administration. I don't hold out any hope until we get a management team who know what they are doing. I would suggest giving somebody, who has never had a go at it before a chance, as they would bring in fresh ideas not the same old tactics and methods that have failed in the past. 


Watch Chain and the two year old colts set off at the bottom of Long Hill


The two year old fillies walking through the practice starting stalls