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An overcast morning......

Tuesday, 05 April 2011

"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it."

 - Francois de la Rochefoucauld


First lot arrives at the Racecourse car park


Jimmy Quinn on Colzium


Neil Callan on Cornish Beau

An overcast morning and we must have had a few showers overnight, as there were one or two puddles about on the road, as I came in first thing. The first proper work morning of the year today with a few jockeys about, who we met in the car park on Racecourse Side. In the breeze, it was feeling cold but we soon got warm with some good work on the Peat Moss gallop across the Flat, in front of the Rowley Mile racecourse. I was delighted and quite surprised how fit the horses were and how well they finished in their work. Once we get their coats out and after another good spin, we shall start to get a few on the go. 


MHT gives the gallopers their orders


Colzium (Jimmy) and Old Boy Ted (Ashley)


Barwick (Colin) and Cornish Beau (Neil)

The battle for the Tote continues to go on and I must commend Paul Roy, the BHA chairman, who has come out and openly queried the motives of the other bidders, apart from the Tote Foundation, which is the industry bid. Having a City background, he understands the ins-and-outs of the process and knows the returns the shareholders and investors would require. There is no guarantee from these other bidders that racing would get a fair, or even improved, return on what it gets now. Let's hope the Government side with Paul Roy and we can get on planning for the future.


Mystery Star (Iain) and Dazinski (Steve)


Izzet (Charles), Astroverdi (Ashley) and Piccarello (Colin)

I had a very strange message on my phone yesterday from an entrant in the 5-to-follow competition, which is free to enter and has a great prize of a share in one of the horses, all expenses paid. This person wanted to know everything about every horse: its plans, how it was working and what two year olds were expected to win this season - if only I knew - I have been trying to win my own competition for years but to no avail! I hope the person involved wins the Lottery very soon and gives me a few million pounds to buy horses, I may have a better idea then.


Watch Chain leads the two year old colts up Railway Land


Ashley on Rayvin Black gives MHT and owners, Ray White and Vince Walsh, his feedback on the work