Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

A misty start to the day...

Monday, 18 April 2011

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

 - Sven Goran Eriksson


Cornish Beau (Butch), who runs tomorrow at Pontefract

A misty start to the day and an heavy overnight dew  but it soon warmed up and is a lovely morning now. The horses have been having one good canter up Long Hill polytrack and a nice walk home, which eases them back into the working week again. Martin and Viv Broom came to see their filly, Cotton Grass,  second lot and Angie and I are off to the stud to show them the foals as soon as I have finished here. 


Cornish Quest (Hannah) and Brushing (Nikki)

The turf season gets under way tomorrow for Flint Cottage with Cornish Beau at Pontefract. I am looking forward to the coming season but until there is some rain, I shall not be having too many runners; only as and when I think the ground is suitable, will I let them take their chances.  I shall discuss Cornish Beau in more detail tomorrow. 


Astromagick (Rhea) and Koraleva Tectona (Dan) 


First lot walking home on Long Hill on a misty morning

I read David Ashforth's article on page 7 of the Racing Post today with interest and some concern. Whilst none of us in racing want to see tired horses being beaten with the whip, neither do I think that this issue should be hijacked by the politically correct brigade. Anybody, who has ridden horses, appreciates the usefulness of the whip as a riding aid and for that reason I could never condone it being banned. I feel that we need to tread a very careful path over this issue and that the industry professionals should be part of any discussions, concerning the future of the use of the whip. We are all conscious of the need for our sport to appear and to be caring towards the horses but the whip can often help and motivate, if used correctly and I feel that what we must constantly strive for is its correct use.


Martin and Viv Broom with their daughters, Aimee and Macey and their friend, Bob


Astroleo and the two year old colts set off under the watchful eye of MHT