The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

Only a short shower here at Newmarket...

Friday, 13 May 2011

“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

  - Jesse Jackson Quotes

13-05-07Ted Spread (Butch) and Zenarinda (Nikki)

Only a short shower here at Newmarket yesterday and the bright, blue sky and slight breeze are making for another really drying day. When you look at the racecourses at the moment, only the actual track is green, where they have been watering and everything else is golden and looks like a prairie. There may be a bit of hope on the horizon, as the forecasters are muttering about some rain next week. We have been on the watered gallop both first and second lot, which is without doubt a fantastic facility that we have at Newmarket. They move so well on it and, if used sensibly, can really give them great benefit.

13-05-15Battery Power (Lauren) and Astroverdi (Ashley)

13-05-051Astrodiva (Ruth) and No Rules (Abbi)

We were delighted yesterday with Brushing, who finished fifth in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York, behind Midday, one of the all-time top fillies of our generation. She was slightly hampered by the fourth horse, when just starting to get into top gear and but for that, I think, she certainly would have finished fourth. When she gets her proper trip of a mile and an half, she will improve again but it was a great start to the campaign for her and we look forward to an exciting season.

13-05-18Blimey O'Riley (Abby) on his way back in to Flint Cottage

We are certainly going to let the two run at Newmarket today, as after walking the course yesterday afternoon, Neil reported back that the ground was safe and we wouldn't jar anything up on it. Astromagick runs in the 2.50 pm race, the mile and an half fillies' maiden; she ran well both times last season and, I am sure, once she gains more experience she will be winning races. I expect her to stay well and improve considerably for this outing today. All the same comments apply to Cotton Grass, who runs in the 4.35 pm race, the mile maiden. She will certainly benefit from a bit further in time, as her dam stayed well but this will give her another good experience and she will be doing all her best work at the end.
We also have Cornish Beau at Newbury in the last race. He hated the firm ground last time at Pontefract and we are up in trip today, which will suit, as I suspect he will get a mile and six furlongs to two miles later on. I expect him to run a nice race today but will not be running him if my travelling man, David, reports from the track, after walking the course, that the ground is too firm.

13-05-111Astrodiva leads No Rules and Blimey O'Riley in the indoor ride

A fantastic result for racing yesterday with the Queen's Carlton House winning the Dante and becoming favourite for the Epsom Derby. What a result it would be and how much good it would do the industry if he could win the Derby for her. The Queen has been a fantastic supporter of racing and this would be just desserts for all her efforts. The only fly in the ointment, as I see it, is that because the race is on a Saturday and competing with a football Euro qualifier against Switzerland on the same day, the Derby won't get the publicity and build-up it deserves. I may be an old stick in the mud but just think what publicity we would have got on a Wednesday, if it was still in its proper place.   

13-05-22Third lot walking home on Rayes Lane