Encouraging reports...

A very warm night...

Friday, 06 May 2011

"The master.... simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.”

 - Zen Buddhist


Koraleva Tectona (Dan) and Lady Bellatrix (Rhea) on their way to the watered gallop


Lady Bellatrix (Jimmy Quinn) and Toptempo (Nikki)

A very warm night, where the temperature did not drop below 8 degrees, has meant another very warm morning and it is just starting to get on the muggy side. I keep watching the weather forecasts and all the rain looks to be going up the west side of the country with East Anglia only likely to get sporadic showers, which will be no good to anybody - oh for it to rain solidly for three days. We have taken some two year old fillies and a few older horses across to the watered gallop first lot and, for their first experience of Racecourse Side and the wide open spaces, they did remarkably well. 


Dine Out (Ashley) and Sleigh Bells (Charles)


Astroleo (Iain) and Ron (Steve)

I sometimes don't agree with all Howard Wright's articles but in today's Racing Post on page 17, his comments on professional jockeys being paid by betting associations for input on their website, plus any jockey being involved with the gambling industry, is spot on. It is a very grey area and I, personally, don't agree with anybody within the profession being paid by a bookmaker for any sort of input. The sooner the BHA clarifies the situation, in simple language, the better.


Caroline washes Piccarello's legs after exercise


No Rules marches into the pool for his early morning swim

We have had a very sad week with the death of David Chapman and Mick Lambert and now another industry death with Arnie Robinson, who was a jockeys' valet for over 60 years. A nicer man you couldn't wish to meet and a great character with it; it will be very sad this week to go to York and know he will not be there for a chat and a reminisce. He was one of the proper old school and they certainly broke the mould with him. Our condolences go to all his family. 


On his way round and then walking out