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

Once again, a glorious morning....

Friday, 25 March 2011

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

 - Winston Churchill


Link to Horsemen's Tariff:


Conrad Lockey, Barry Cook, David and Margaret Noblett with MHT on Warren Hill

Once again, a glorious morning with no wind and the ground is really beginning to dry up now. They are even contemplating opening the hallowed turf on the Limekilns galloping ground, which is unheard-of at this time of year. It is only March and, I just hope, if they do so it doesn't do any lasting damage. We have had plenty of visitors again this morning: David and Margaret Noblett made the trip fron Scotland, Barry Cook managed to struggle in from near Colchester, Michael Bowring arrived from deapest Sussex... late and after reading the daily quote announced that Courage could be drunk as well! Conrad was on his normal weekly visit and we all had a great breakfast, cooked by Angie and her gang. Everybody saw plenty of action on the Heath with the horses doing two good canters. We are now taking David, Margaret and Michael over to Dullingham to meet their new arrivals. 


Smokey Oakey (Butch), Star Commander (John) and Imjin River (Nikki) in behind


Barwick (Colin), Colzium (Ashley) and Locum (Lee) in behind

I was delighted to see on the front of the Racing Post that Richard Hannon is sticking up for the tariffs and will not be having runners, even at his favourite tracks like Windsor, until the figures are met. He has been well supported by Mick Channon and those two, between them, have a tremendous amount of runners and the racecourses would be silly to ignore them. I stated yesterday that the Maktoum family are fully behind the initiative and Ascot racecourse states in the Racing Post today that they are in discussion with the Sheikh's racing advisors about the Royal Ascot meeting, which they definitely want the horses to attend. All the racecourses have to do is play ball in a fair way and they will be very well supported.


Battery Power (Lauren) and Comrade Bond (Wajid)


The two year old colts bunched up in pairs

I failed yesterday to mention our runners at Warwick on Wednesday. Astroleo jumped well but more like a showjumper and spent too much time in the air, I think we will revert back to the flat with him. Astrodiva ran marvellously for her first attempt over hurdles to finish second and looks a ready-made winner in the future.


David and Margaret Noblett with Colzium