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An overcast morning but mild with no rain...

Saturday, 12 March 2011

"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are foosteps on the moon."

 - Anonymous



Akula (Abby) walking off Warren Hill polytrack

An overcast morning but mild with no rain. The forecast looks reasonably dry for next week, which will suit everybody apart from the clerk of the course at Cheltenham, who is still debating whether to put more water on or not. When everybody has been running on desperate ground for the last few months, wouldn't you have thought it would be lovely to get some proper 'good' ground for a change and give the 'good' ground horses a look-in. I would anyway. We have been schooling a few this morning at the Links with Colin coming up and all went well. Most of the others have been doing a normal canter up the hills. 


Comrade Bond (Ruth)

Akula will run in the Fred Winter 4 yr old handicap at Cheltenham on Wednesday. He has run well twice there before and he certainly will not be going there without a chance. A very good jumper, he travels well, his handicap is not too bad and there should be plenty of pace on, which will suit him, so I am sure he will give everybody connected with him a great day out. If any of you have not been to the Festival before, this could be the year to go and remember the first two days will be quieter than later in the week. 


Izzet (John)


Astromagick (Rhea)

We had Mystic Meg and friends here yesterday to see both her horses-in-training and the mares and new foals. It was pretty cold but everybody had a good morning and all the horses were completely spoilt with polos. I am not sure how many packets were consumed but it will keep the manafacturers going for another month. The new foals behaved well and they look above average to me. Let's hope we have another group winner amongst them, as nothing would give me more pleasure than to produce a star racehorse for Meg.


MHT out on Warren Hill with Mystic Meg and friends.

Sosumi had a cracking colt foal by Pastoral Pursuits on Thursday night, as you can see from the pictures below. He has got more of Bahamian Bounty in his colour and has no white markings at all. Sosumi had plenty of ability being listed placed, and I remember fondly the day at Chester when she won. All her offspring to run have won and this looks the best yet. Plenty of speed in the pedigree, I am wishing my life away again.


Sosumi with her Pastoral Pursuits colt foal


Good sport again this weekend with the FA Cup and I won't mention how Phil and Ian are today. The Owls are at home to Notts. County, so let's hope we can put two wins together and, also, we have the Six Nations rugby matches again this weekend. I hope you have been watching the cricket; all the matches have been very exciting and it will continue to build to a crescendo.