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Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress

John Clapham


Five Hearts (Lauren) picking grass

Another dry night and a very sunny morning. I am told we had a hail storm yesterday afternoon for around 15 minutes, but all that did was damage the new bedding plants and knock a lot of petals off the roses. Phil's a great believer in which tells him we shall have very little rain until next Tuesday. The horses have had a canter and a pick of grass this morning after their fast work yesterday and all have moved very well.

01-06-51Rayvin Black (Ashley), My Guardian Angel (Charles) and Chankillo (Nicky)

01-06-55Shomberg (Lauren) and Like Clockwork (Hannah)

A mixed lot of runners yesterday with Dine Out pleasing me with how she took proceedings and ran on her debut. She was only just over 4 lengths behind the winner and a step up to 6 furlongs will suit her. Comrade Bond pulled much too hard, which amazed me as he is so relaxed and quiet at home, and in doing so got struck into on a fore leg which required stitching. He will have to have a couple of weeks to let everything heal and then I think a drop in trip back to 7 furlongs to a mile will suit. Izzet gave his owners plenty to shout about when he ran at Yarmouth in the evening. Tom Queally reported that he thought the trip was ideal and that now he has had a run improvement is very likely.

01-06-64Riders give Mark their feedback

01-05-10Locum (Lee) relaxing

Everybody will be hoping that Carlton House makes it to the Derby on Saturday for the Queen who must be like all owners at this time - so excited and expectant - only to have this worry so near to the race. I always say it never happens to a slow one and we wish all the connections well - every trainer knows what the feeling is like, but in this special case it must be tenfold.


Neil scanning a leg in our medical box

Neil our vet has been in this week to scan the legs of a couple of horses that have been on the easy list and are now getting back into work. We keep monitoring these on a monthly basis and arrange their work around it. They can go on the walker, go in the pool and be ridden round the indoor ride. Then once given the all clear cantering can be added to their daily routine. Their legs are very delicate with so many tendons and tissues along with the various bones in the knees and joints. With all the stresses and strains that fast work puts on them, you can get various injuries which all require different treatments.