A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

A good downpour of rain

Monday, 13 June 2011

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

 - Aesop

13-06-09Ted Spread (Butch)

A good downpour of rain for most of the day yesterday, which was absolutely marvellous and will do everything a power of good. You can actually hear the plants and the grass drinking it as it falls; they have been so desperate for the last couple of months and everything has started to look greener already. We have been out cantering on Long and Warren Hills this morning, just having a normal Monday morning exercise.

13-06-10Ron (Charles)

13-06-39MHT watching first lot after cantering

Two runners today, one at Warwick and one at Windsor, both tonight. Astroleo runs in the 6.10 pm race at Warwick but he has not got a good draw in stall 11 and I hope the ground has not gone too soft for him. He won very bravely last time at Brighton, after a good run at Yarmouth, but they were both on pretty firm ground. Piccarello, who runs at Windsor in the 8.30 pm race, has always been reasonably consistent and I have been waiting for this better ground to run him. I think the trip will suit but we will learn much more after tonight's run.

13-06-45Colzium (Wajid) walking onto Warren Hill Polytrack

We were delighted with Smokey Oakey at Aintree at the weekend, where he jumped well throughout and won really as he pleased. Both the runners at York were fourth in competitive handicaps and will have come on for their respective runs. We were slightly disappointed with Cornish Beau, who maybe surprisingly didn't stay but I have a cunning plan for him.

13-06-73Second lot return home

We have had a visitor from New Zealand, Mike Moran, staying with us this weekend on his way to Royal Ascot. He goes there full of hope as the breeder of So You Think, so whilst it is a long way to come, I am sure it will be worth it if the horse can win the Prince of Wales on Wednesday. Mike is the marketing manager for Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, which is run by the Schick family, who have stood quite a lot of the good Coolmore shuttle stallions. Montjeu had a few years there as did the sire of So You Think, High Chapparal. It will be  fantastic week of racing and Phil and I will be having our daily tipping competition, which is always a lot of fun.

13-06-2937Mike Moran with Sir Henry Cecil