Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Another glorious morning on the Heath...

Saturday, 30 April 2011

“Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”

 - William Shakespeare


Ted Spread (Butch) on Long Hill polytrack

Another glorious morning on the Heath and plenty of spectators and visitors, who have arrived in plenty of time for the Guineas Festival. It is always wise and advantageous to get somewhere the night before, as it will be mayhem today, trying to get to Newmarket from the south; the M11 from Stansted up to Duxford is already shut, due to an accident and looks like being all day. It is one of the most frustrating things that trainers and jockeys have to endure on a daily basis with the racecourses spread throughout the country, forcing you to leave so early to avoid being late. I am off to Goodwood today, so will leave in plenty of time and take an alternative route. Our horses have been out and done a good canter on Long Hill polytrack, which is good healthy exercise.


Battery Power (Lauren) and Brushing (Nikki)

Two runners today, both at Goodwood, where the ground is good, good-to-firm in places and they tell me they have had a light shower overnight. Dazinski runs in the mile and six furlong race at 3.30 pm and Eddie Ahern takes the ride. There will be plenty of pace on here with several front runners and I would hope he can run into a place, at least. In the last race at 5.40 pm, we run Star Commander and there are plenty of runners  in this mile and a quarter, three year old handicap. Quite a few are unexposed types and, although I would prefer the ground a bit softer, we are quite happy with our horse's condition and will get very good feedback afterwards from a top jockey in George Baker.


Comrade Bond (Abbi)

You must be very hopeful today that the star of last year, Frankel, can light up the Rowley Mile and make himself the flagbearer of the industry. He is not drawn brilliantly in stall 1 and I just hope he can settle in the early part of the race. There is plenty of opposition against him and I would think, the O'Brien trained, Roderic O'Connor would be the each-way bet in the race.
Tomorrow's 1000 Guineas will be just as exciting with 19 runners  and Hooray and Havant are my two against the field.


Steve and MHT discuss the exercise, as the string walks home.

Our last foal of the season was born last night; we had a chestnut filly foal by Halling out of Topatori, who is the dam of many good horses, the best of them being the Group 3 Middleton winner, Topatoo. Born on the Royal wedding day, Michael Bowring and I will have fun naming her as a yearling. I hope everybody watched the Royal wedding yesterday, which went off without a hitch and, without doubt, there is nowhere and nobody in the world, who could come close to the pageantry and organisation that Britain consistently achieves.


Second lot cross the Bury Road before cantering up Long Hill

Another good weekend of sport with Arsenal at home to Manchester United tomorrow, The Owls are away at Bristol Rovers and the semi-finals of the snooker conclude.


Eanans bay and On The Rocks pull out third lot