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

Another fantastic morning....

Saturday, 19 March 2011

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." 

 - Charles Dickens



First lot sets off on Side Hill polytrack

Another fantastic morning with not a cloud in the sky. There was a big moon last night, which caused the early morning frost but now that the sun is up, it is a glorious, spring morning. We have had two lots out already and everything has moved well and they all look healthy. Plenty of visitors as well, who have enjoyed seeing their horses in the sunshine on the Heath.


Cornish Quest (Hannah)

A mixed day at Fakenham yesterday with Miss Wendy running respectably and, although this is her grade, I am sure she can keep being competitive in these types of races. I was delighted that she won the best turned-out, as I know all the horses are beginning to blossom now. All the more disappointing that Marvo ran well below par and, even with the bumping and boring that took place, he still ran as if something was amiss. I will get him checked over next week with blood tests etc. but this was too bad to be true. A month in the field at Garrowby, getting some spring 'Doctor Green' into him, would do him no end of good.


Colzium (Lee)

A fantastic race at Cheltenham yesterday for the Gold Cup, which resulted in a win for the younger brigade but it was also a great spectacle and advertisement for the racing industry. Great credit should go to the winning jockey, who, as an amateur, gave the horse a tremendous ride and his fitness level was as good as any professional. His articulation afterwards, as to how the race went and all that goes on behind the scenes, gave the public an insight into what happens and how much good luck you need to get there spot-on on the day.


Battery Power sends her best wishes for Rebecca Marriott's birthday of last week

Phil's and my tipping competition ended in a resounding win for Phil with a profit of £17.84 - a brilliant result considering four days of racing and a bet in every race. I am afraid I was minus £186.67, which in itself was not too bad and I think we had the forecast once or twice. I will get my own back at the Aintree meeting. 


Miton Moore and friends out on the Heath to see Piccarello

Another great sporting weekend with England trying to win the Grand Slam in Dublin. The first round of the cricket coming to a conclusion. The Scottish League Cup final. The Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. Arsenal away to West Brom and The Owls, live on TV this afternoon, away at Southampton. That must be the highlight.    


The legendary musical artist, Owen Gray