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

A really warm morning once again...

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

"To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”

 - Anonymous


Butch gets his orders on Ted Spread

A really warm morning once again and thank goodness that the Heath staff are out early with their water bowsers, to dampen down the walking grounds or else it would be a dust bowl. We have had to do some faster work on the Al Bahathri again this morning as, although the watered gallop is now open, it is very early in the year and it costs extra to go on it because it is classified as a special gallop. Also, it sometimes takes a while to get an even spread of water, so the decision to go on the Al Bahathri was easy. Everything went smoothly with all my instructions understood and carried out - I nearly put the flag up.


MHT watching the work

One runner today, our first on the grass, in Cornish Beau. He won on this track, on this day, last year but that was over two furlongs further and he is not drawn well at 13, so we shall have to hope for a bit of luck, early on in the race, for him to be able to get a good position. If he can manoeuvre him and get into the right position, he will gallop all the way to the line and has an each-way chance today.


Finger Spin (Ruth) and Ted Spread (Butch)

We had two new foals at the weekend. Twelfth Night had a lovely chestnut colt foal by Nayef on Saturday night and then her partner-in-crime, Laheen, had a cracking Bahamian Bounty colt on Sunday morning. Both are doing well and it is such a good time to have them, as it is warm and we can get mother and sons out in the nursery paddocks, enjoying themselves (photos of them both tomorrow).


Dictate (Charles) and Astroverdi (Ashley)

I commented yesterday on the article about the whip and I see from today's paper that the BHA is conducting extensive consultation into the issue. Whips are a required aid in the sport, so what is needed is a very firm hand, regardless of who the perpetrators are, on the ones who abuse it. Take a major race away if the rules are broken. The authorities need to stand up and be counted; I would reduce the number down to six and that would be it, any more and you lose the race and the jockey is banned for a month. Keep it simple. It would sort out the problem very quickly.   


Star Commander (Dan) and Barwick (Colin)


Walking home after working


Old Boy Ted (Abby), Astromoon (Iain) and Astromagick (Rhea)


Five Hearts (Ruth) and Cotton Grass (Hannah)


Battery Power (Lauren) and Cat Island (Abbi)