Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Still no rain and none forecast....

Monday, 25 April 2011

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 - Winston Churchill


Ted Spread (Butch) and Dictate (Charles)

Still no rain and none forecast during the week. There may be a sudden, sharp, unsuspected shower but certainly nothing of any consequence. We shall have to work tomorrow on the watered gallop, as I need to get the horses back on the grass. The all-weathers are marvellous for keeping them ticking over but they are very easy surfaces and take very little out of the horses; on the grass, it is much harder for them and the horses improve more for their work. We have been on Long Hill polytrack most of the morning, giving the string a good 7 furlong canter.


Finger Spin (Ruth), Cat Island (Abbi) and Five Hearts (Lauren)

Two runners today at Yarmouth, Watch Chain and Locum. How completely barmy of the race planners and this is what is so annoying about this industry - nobody has the brains, the know-how or the inclination to stop having Fakenham, Huntingdon, Yarmouth and Market Rasen on the same day. We also have Plumpton in the south, Ffos Las in Wales, Warwick in the Midlands and the only northern racetrack with a meeting on Easter Monday, the main Bank Holiday of the year I always think, is Redcar. Who is in charge of all these imbeciles?


Star Commander (John) and Astroverdi (Ashley)

My two runners today will both like the ground but they will improve for the run. Watch Chain is a course and distance winner, he won this winter at Southwell and has been leading the two year olds all spring. I am sure he will run okay but also improve considerably. Locum's race has cut up to three runners, which will make it a bit of a falsely run affair, as it looks like they all want holding up. He is another course and distance winner but we have been running him over further of late and I have not been able to get as much work into him this spring as I would have liked. They always say back the outsider in a small field and let's hope they are right today. I am the top trainer at Yarmouth at present and will certainly be doing my utmost to retain that position during the year.   


At the top of Long Hill after cantering

Two things to ponder on while you are eating your Easter eggs. One is that I see Ascot are angry that their free tickets are being sold on eBay; my surprise is why it has taken so long for people to latch on to this easy money maker. Second, if the whip is banned, how easy it will be for everybody to get away with laying horses on the Exchanges. Both ideas have merits but have not been thought through properly.


Izzet (Iain) and Comrade Bond (Abbi)

At least The Owls managed a draw on Saturday and are at home today to Swindon. Phil has now accepted that The Gunners are going to be 'potless' again this year; he only hopes that the manager can find a couple of centre backs, a goalie, a big mid-fielder, somebody who can score goals, all for peanuts during the close season. The other ingredient is they all must be under nineteen! 


Steve on Old Boy Ted leading the two year old colts


Richard Marriott and family getting to know their Observatory colt foal