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A very sunny and dry morning....

Monday, 02 May 2011

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


First lot on Bury Hill, on their way to the Al Bahathri

A very sunny and dry morning this Bank Holiday Monday. Phil has just told me that his wife, Sue, after much research on the computer weather forecast sites has announced there won't be any rain in East Anglia for the next fortnight. What a nightmare for all of us wanting to get onto the grass and for the farmers and growers in this region. We have done our normal Monday morning routine with the older horses and given Mystery Star a blow-out in anticipation of him running in the Chester Cup on Wednesday.


Gary Pettit with his daughter and father-in-law and MHT

It was great to see both classics won by Newmarket yards and both winners are obviously very high class. The breeding operation of Khaled Abdullah's is second-to-none and they constantly have a stream of top-class horses which are all home bred. The Godolphin operation is run differently with plenty of horses purchased, which combined with their breeding operation, gives them a great pool of horses to draw from. The ground at the weekend was very firm at Newmarket, and along with the wind, they caused a few problems. They had done a great job at Goodwood, where we had two runners. Dazinski ran well in the staying race and had a good blow afterwards, so as soon as we step him up in distance he will be winning once again. Star Commander got mugged right on the line, having run greenly and will know a lot more next time; I was delighted with this effort and the season ahead looks bright.


Butch and the Pettit family with Ted Spread

We had a visit from Gary Pettit and family this morning, who came to see Ted Spread and Barwick have a canter; they then went on to Dullingham Park to have a look at his mare, Missoula, and the new-born foals. Gary is a great enthusiast and his energy and passion for the game should be used by Racing For Change. 


Cornish Beau leads second lot up Long Hill

I hope a lot of you had a go at Phil's Guineas quiz. If not, it is still there on the 'Competitions' page and it will certainly get your brain working, so have a go, it is great fun.


Watch Chain and the two year old colts on Long Hill

Phil is cock-a-hoop this morning with Arsenal beating Manchester United; the only good thing about it is that the Premiership title will continue on for another week or two. On a sad note, we had the death at the weekend of 'whispering' Ted Lowe, the voice of snooker, who made the game very similar to Peter O'Sullivan in our industry, Eddie Waring in Rugby League or John Arlott in cricket. Also Henry Cooper passed away and what a fantastic boxer and man he was; his knock-down of Mohammed Ali was one of those 'I was there' moments. I can remember watching with Dad and my brother David and thinking he was so unlucky the bell went, which saved Ali, enabling him to stop Henry with cuts later in the fight. He was a great sportsman and proud of his country. 


Second lot on top of Long Hill after cantering