Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

I was trying to think yesterday....

Friday, 20 May 2011

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”

 - Anonymous

20-05-05MHT gives the work riders their galloping instructions

I was trying to think yesterday how many days it has been since we have had any proper rain and it must be at least ninety, which is amazing for this time of year. We are forecast for a bit this evening, as a front moves across, but I am sure it will not be enough to even dampen the dust. The ground on the watered gallop was the best it has been all year - just like a carpet - and first lot moved like a dream on it but it is no good galloping for nothing, in fact, it costs us money to use this gallop. I would really like to gallop for prize money. Phil tells me it is good-to-soft at Ayr but it is a three day round trip and you are running for very poor prize money, so the costs don't work out at all. If only they had the brains to put on better races with better prize money they would get all the top horses and top jockeys there but, as it is, they only attract the sub-standard horses to this type of meeting.

20-05-13Dine Out (Jimmy Quinn), Cat Island (Nikki) and Sleigh Bells (Simon Pearce) in behind

Two runners today at Yarmouth, Watch Chain and Astroleo. Watch Chain runs in the 7 furlong handicap at 4.20 pm, where he carries a 6 lb penalty for his victory 10 days ago but he has gone up 5 lbs for that victory and must have a chance of following up today but, as you know, things need to fall into place during the race for him. Astroleo runs in the 5.20 pm race, the mile and six furlong handicap, where he is ridden by Nicky Mackay, who got married recently and is the only person ever to have won on him. He has not run badly this year and I think the drop in trip will suit, so  I certainly think he has a chance of making the frame.

20-05-17Ron (Steve), Dictate (Kieran) and Colzium (Lauren) in behind

We have taken a couple of horses on the box with today's runners to Yarmouth. Both Barwick and Five Hearts will benefit from their day out at the races and give them raceday experience of walking round the paddock and getting saddled when there is plenty of activity. It is the ideal place to do it, as they get a journey in the horsebox on quite good roads, so it is an all-round experience. I am sure it can only be of great benefit.

20-05-29Kathleen Frances (Ashley) and Zenarinda (Charles)

Thank you for the entries for the caption competition (see picture yesterday) and I will give it till nine o'clock tomorow morning for anybody else who wants to enter. Just take a look at the picture and e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your entry. We have already had some good ones and a few that are unprintable.

20-05-34Astromoon (Abby) and Astrolibra (Ruth)


Linsey Sharp of Newmarket has regained the prestigious title of Racing Brain of Flint Cottage – but she has to share it this time with one of our owners, Mr. Michael Winter, who lives in Berkshire.

Linsey won the title in a previous quiz but let it slip last time - now she is back in the winner’s enclosure after a dead heat in our Guineas brain-teaser.

Both of these racing brains had all-correct entries so many congratulations to them, and thanks to all who took part. We hope everyone enjoyed it.

Here are the answers:

1) Big Game, Sun Chariot. 2) Twelve. 3) Fairy Footsteps. 4) Tagalie. 5) Poule d’Essai Des Poulains. 6) Shadeed, Doyoun. 7) Any six from Crepello, Sir Ivor, Nijinsky, Shadeed, Humble Duty, Fairy Footsteps, Rodrigo de Triano. 8) Sceptre. 9) Mr. Christopher Wilson. 10) Isinglass, Ravensbury. 11) Freddie Fox. 12) Mill Reef. 13) The Duke of Grafton. 14) Striking stable lads. 15) Bolkonski. 16) Known Fact. 17) Tap on Wood. 18) Oh So Sharp. 19) Smolensko. 20) West Australian. 21) Nimbus. 22) Mark of Esteem, Bijou d’Inde.

20-05-38Russell Brownrigg, the head farrier of O.A.Curtis & Sons

One of the farriers in Newmarket (pictured above) is doing a 13,000 foot sky-dive in aid of Help for Heroes and if anybody would like to sponsor him for this great cause, please send your cheques care of Flint Cottage. We are great supporters and admirers of our Armed Forces, who do such a tremendous job and this charity is well worth supporting but, in my opinion, he must be mad to jump out of an aeroplane!!

20-05-72MHT inspects the second lot horses after cantering