Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Everybody must be getting fed up

Saturday, 16 April 2011

“We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.”

 - Anonymous


Smokey Oakey leads first lot up Warren Hill

Everybody must be getting fed up of reading the same old comment about the weather; well, I am afraid, it is continuing. The topic of conversation on every Newmarket trainer's lips at the moment is the ground and not being able to get any fast work into their horses on the grass. In any event, I am sure patience is the best way forward and we will be re-paid with sound horses in the end.


Mystery Star (Rhea) and Izzet (Lee)

Good racing today with the Scottish National at Ayr, the Greenham, the Fred Darling and the John Porter at Newbury and also racing at Ripon, Leicester, Doncaster and Haydock. It is a good job I haven't run anything at Ripon, as the jockeys are very short on the ground and, once the season gets going properly and the more bans they hand out, it will get even worse. We are very short in England of apprentices coming through the ranks and I know plans are afoot for more education and life training (whatever that is). What we need is a proper apprentice programme of races with a champion crowned at the end for all level of apprentice jockeys, if we want to find the jockeys of the future. At the moment, we are just clutching at straws. A competition like this is perfect for a sponsor, as it wouldn't cost the earth, it would get great coverage and, if planned properly, would help everybody and especially the young people wanting to get on.


First lot walking down Long Hill

We see the re-appearance of Frankel today in the Greenham and it will be fascinating to see how, as a three year old,  he compares with last year. Sometimes horses catch up over the winter and others don't improve; mind you, he looked so good last year that, if he has improved, we may as well give him the Guineas trophy now. I hear Barry Hills is quite keen on Shropshire and he may be the one for the forecast. At Ayr the Scottish National is always a great race and the ground looks like it is going to be perfect. Poker de Sivola looks like my each way hope.


Like Clockwork (Charles), who is for sale - see the 'Horses for Sale' page

Phi is very excited this weekend, as he is off to The Emirates on Sunday to watch the Arsenal v's Liverpool match. It should be a cracker. Mind you, The Owls are at home to Hartlepool and if that doesn't get your heart racing nothing will! I went to watch Norwich play Notts. Forest last night, courtesy of Richard Marriott and took Butch Smith-Eccles, who is a Forest fan with me. It was a very entertaining match and both sides have ability but the gap is very wide between this standard and the Premiership. There was a great crowd there of over 26,000 and the lads were quite shocked, when I commented that that is just about as many as The Owls take when they play away!


Ted Spread (Butch) enjoying a pick of grass


Second lot emerge from the copse on Long Hill