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Another glorious morning...

Friday, 22 April 2011

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

 - Anonymous


First lot arriving at the top of Railway Land

Another glorious morning, as it should be for the start of the Easter holidays. It is great for everybody having a few days off but it is work as normal in the training yards and we have had a busy morning, working horses on the Al Bahathri. I took a group of older horses first lot and then a mixture second lot, including some two year olds (video clip at bottom). All went satisfactorily and we only now want some proper rain to get into full swing.


MHT gets the feedback on Watch Chain and the two year olds after working second lot

Our vet, Neil Stevens, was in yesterday to cut one of the two year old colts, who was taking more interest in anything female than we would have liked. The operation is done standing up under local anaesthetic and you are usually back cantering them within a day or two. Neil is  a tremendous vet and along with his associate, Rob Dallas, who does Dullingham Park, we are very well looked after on the veterinary side. Experience plays a big part in this side of training and with Neil we have plenty of it. He is very conscientious and from the old school of vets, which is the type I like. 


Neil Stevens getting ready to castrate one of the two year olds

It is the Good Friday Open Days at Lambourn and Middleham, which are now becoming a tradition. We have had many requests for Newmarket to re-enact their Open Days and discussions are ongoing about a suitable date. We do not want to compete with today's two and, with the advent of racing on every Sunday, it is very hard to find a date in the summer programme, which would suit. Newmarket has so much to showcase that it would be fantastic if we could sort it out to everybody's satisfaction but there is quite a bit of resistance from some quarters to open.


Astrolove's Virtual filly, just born


Missouri with her day old Beat Hollow filly foal

I thought you might like to see a picture of our four maiden mares this year at Dullingham: three of them are York winners and the other one, won four times. Four Miracles has been covered by Refuse to Bend, Missoula went to Royal Applause, Dulcie to Champs Elysses and Astrodonna to Bahamian Bounty. We have also just covered this morning Astrodiva, who has also gone to Bahamian Bounty and she will continue to race this season, hopefully in foal. It sometimes really improves them and they can run for so many days after becoming pregnant.


Missoula, Dulcie (hidden), Four Miracles and Asdtrodonna

The older horses having a swinging canter on the Al Bahathri

Watch Chain leading Rayvin Black, Like Clockwork, My Guardian Angel and Chankillo