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Wednesday, 04 May 2011

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

 - Lao Tzu


Astromagick (Rhea) and Kathleen Frances (Ashley)

We have been back to the watered gallop this morning with a group of horses, who didn't work yesterday. It impressed on me how much better it is to work on a Tuesday and a Friday as I normally do, as it was like Piccadilly Circus in the car park on Racecourse Side. Thank goodness, I had sorted them all out leaving our indoor school, as we didn't get caught up with the melee. They all worked very nicely and, as I said yesterday, the grass really brings them on. Most of yesterday's workers have had a gentle canter and a pick of grass. The forecast is still not in our favour but with pressure mounting I can see some thunderstorms on the horizon - let's hope they fall on Newmarket.


Cotton Grass (Lauren) and Old Boy Ted (Charles)


Watch Chain (Steve) and Smokey Oakey (Butch)

The first day of the May Chester meeting, which is always a fantastic three days and, if you have never been, you must make a beeline for the Roodee, where you are guaranteed as good a day's racing as you will get anywhere in the world. It has always been a very lucky course for me but, unfortunately, today in the Chester Cup, Mystery Star has got a very bad draw in stall 16. It is always a mad dash for position and the statistics will tell you that you have to be drawn 1 to 10 to have any real chance. It is always one of those races I have wanted to win and would have had reasonably good hopes with Mystery, if he had had any sort of draw. Saying that funny things can happen and let's hope Neil Callan can work the oracle today.


Second lot picking grass on Long Hill


Izzet (Iain)

Our last foal arrived at the weekend, a lovely filly by Halling out of Topatori, which makes her a sister to many good winners. In the few days she has been born, it is amazing how she has developed and is a really cracking type. Angie and I are delighted with all this year's foals and the sunshine has helped them no end but we are desperate for some rain to make the grass grow in the paddocks. 


Topatori with her Halling filly foal


Being led in by Akram and Rachel