Four Fifty Three runs today in the 4.55 ....

Today's the day.....

Thursday, 26 May 2011

“Visitors' footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.”

 - Bantu proverb

26-05-081On Exeter Road, heading out to the Heath

Today's the day or so I am told that we will get some real rain, more than likely from midday onwards but anything will do and we have had a few spots already this morning. Interestingly enough, I had a visit from some East Anglian farmers, who were just as desperate for the weather as I am with their crops struggling to survive. Let's hope we get the forecast heavy showers and thunderstorms later on. Two canters on Warren Hill has been the order of the day and we had a visit from Colin Bolger, who rode out first lot. It is always good when the jockeys take an interest in the yard and make an effort to get to know the horses.

26-05-124Cantering on Warren Hill polytrack

I hope you have been reading the articles on Lester Piggott, which have been appearing on a daily basis in the Racing Post this week. He was without doubt the best jockey we have ever seen and his will to win and fearlessness were two of his greatest assets - the public adored him and still do. You didn't need Racing for Change to give away free tickets anywhere he was riding; there were no gimmicks with him, just winners and everybody loved him for it. There will never be another one or one, who comes close.


Koraleva Tectona (Dan)

Bart Cummings, the legendary Australian trainer, has been in great form lately having a go at the differences between British and Australian racing. One is progressive and well-funded, while the other is seriously under-funded - I am sure you can guess which is which. Our Government has got to get to grips with this and sort out the financial side of racing with the offshore market and the exchanges. For once I think the Aussies have something to crow about.  

26-05-108Piccarello (Colin Bolger)

26-05-158MHT in conversation with Colin

26-05-051Cat Island and Astroverdi pull out second lot