Velvet Vision wins well at Newcastle ....

A drizzly morning....

Thursday, 31 March 2011

"There are two things a person should never be angry at: what they can help and what they cannot."

 - Proverb


John and Bridget Brenchley with MHT

A drizzly morning with a pretty strong wind but we have barely had enough rain to damp the dust, which is a bit disappointing, as we are badly in need of a good downpour. In the wind, the temperature felt more like March, which was a bit of a shock after the warm weather we have been having. Most of the horses have had two good canters up Warren Hill polytrack today with one or two using the Town sand. We have had John and Bridget Brenchley here this morning to see their horses and Angie and I are about to take them up to the stud, as soon as third lot comes back. 


John Brenchley gives Star Commander an admiring look

We saw Henry Cecil on Warren Hill this morning and he was telling us that Frankel worked with Bullet Train yesterday morning on the Al Bahathri. In Henry's usual, understated manner, he casually mentioned that Frankel had gone some 20 lengths clear of Bullet Train in the work - that should be enough to put a spring in Henry's stride for the next few months!
Neil remembered the piece of work Nashwan did before the Guineas, when a very useful four year old of Sheikh Hamdan's was shipped in to lead him on the trial ground at West Ilsley. Nashwan strode some 15 lengths clear in the gallop with Willie Carson pronouncing afterwards that Nashwan was a certainty to win the Guineas and Brian Proctor, who rode the lead horse, saying that he had not seen a horse work like that since Brigadier Gerard - how right they were!  


Watch Chain gives Mariet a lead on her first day cantering

I see in the Racing Post today, the starting stalls are now to be numbered from the inside outwards on all courses, whether left or right-handed. This will make life much more straightforward and seems a very sensible move but it will be important to remember, on courses like Beverley, where it was the kiss-of-death to get a low draw in a sprint that it will now be an advantage. 


Bird of Faith leads the two year old fillies up Warren Hill


Lady Bellatrix, ridden by Charles Eddery, on his first day riding out at Flint Cottage


Ashley leads the string back into Flint Cottage