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

A much better morning....

Friday, 18 March 2011

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does an hard-boiled egg."

 - Anonymous



Barwick (Colin)


Cotton Grass (Ruth)

A much better morning and, although there is no sunshine, it is brighter, as the fog and drizzle have disappeared. With no wind, it feels much warmer and we have been doing plenty of work with both of the first two lots: a good preliminary canter, followed by a lung-opening spin on Railway Land grass. The whole string is coming along well with their coats now starting to fly out; if we can just keep this up, in two to three weeks, I will have everything just where I want it.


Astroleo (Abbi), Colzium (Wajid) and Cornish Quest (Lee)

Two runners today at Fakenham. Miss Wendy runs in the first at 2.20pm; she ran well first time at Towcester in similar grade and we can forgive her last run, as we threw her in the deep end a bit. If she handles this sharp track, she will run creditably and will be handicapped afterwards. Marvo runs in the last at 5.30pm, with Ashley Morgan, my good flat apprentice, having his first ride over hurdles. He has schooled all the horses this year with the jockeys and is more than capable, so I would expect Marvo to put up a sound show today.


Cotton Grass (Ruth), Battery Power (Lauren) and Astromagick (Rhea)

Our back lady, Janet Ellis, is coming down from Yorkshire this afternoon, which she will be doing now on a fortnightly basis. She not only does me but also Sir Mark Prescott and William Haggas. She gives the horses a thorough going-over and I am sure they benefit greatly from her ministrations, especially in the neck and wither regions, which tend to get very tight and sore. She will check over the horses that I suspect may benefit from her healing hands. 


John on Star Commander discusses the morning's canter with MHT


Mystery Star (Colin) and Brushing (Nikki)

Cheltenham tipping competition

At least, Phil had a couple of winners yesterday, which makes his total look more respectable but, after three days and having a tenner in every race, it is not too bad to only be losing under £200. However, I am confident of a good day and what a great Festival it has been once again.

                                             Phil - minus £60.91 to £10 stake           MHT - minus £181.67

1.30pm:                                         Zarkandar                                                          Unaccompanied

2.05pm:                                        Dirar                                                                     Snap Tie

2.40pm:                                        Bobs Worth                                                       Midnight Drive

3.20pm:                                        Long Run                                                           Imperial Commander

4.00pm:                                       On The Fringe                                                  Gone To Lunch

4.40pm:                                        Astracad                                                            Sir Des Champs

5.15pm:                                         Be Boitron                                                        Shoreacres 


Watch Chain leads the two year old colts up Railway Land

I got the two year olds (above) onto the grass this morning and came a good canter for about four furlongs; you can soon see, which are the sharper ones, when you get them on this surface. I must say I was delighted with this first piece of work and it gives us plenty to look forward to during the coming season.


Rayvin Black (Ashley)


Like Clockwork (Rhea)