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A lovely morning in Newmarket....

Tuesday, 03 May 2011

"The flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose. Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire; Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing"

 - John Milton


Brushing (Nikki), Cornish Beau (John) and Ted Spread (Butch)

A lovely morning in Newmarket today and it felt much warmer with the wind having died down. We worked on the watered gallop first lot over on Racecourse Side, which is proving invaluable during this prolonged dry spell. We would only have the artificial surfaces without this gallop, which are marvellous but it is very hard to get horses 100% fit, until they have done some work on the surface on which they are going to race.


Barwick (Charles), Cornish Quest (Hannah) and Comrade Bond (Ashley)


Battery Power (Lauren), Piccarello (Dan) and Dictate (Steve)

There looks to be an exciting year ahead after So You Think's win in the Moooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. This New Zealand-bred son of High Chaparral is reputed to have been rated the best horse that Bart Cummings has ever trained.  His two Cox Plate victories in Australia and a third in the Melbourne Gold Cup would be impressive in themselves but he won yesterday in the style of a top-class horse and it will be fascinating to watch his progress through the coming season. After Frankel's win on Saturday and also with Workforce remaining in training, there will be a lot to whet the appetite of the flat racing enthusiast in the coming months. 


Imjin River (Charles) and Izzet (Nikki)


Kinsya watching the horses canter up Warren Hill polytrack

It was sad to read this morning in the Racing Post of the death of David Chapman. David was a lovely man and a wonderful trainer, particularly of sprinters; he will be best remembered as the trainer of Soba but the sheer number of wins that he achieved with Chaplins Club and Glencroft were a credit to this under-stated man.


Steve talks to the lads after cantering second lot