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Plenty of people turned out for the Open Day ...

A blustery, fresh morning.....

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey."


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 - Barbara Hoffman


22-06-01Ted Spread enjoying a well-earned pick of grass after his good run on Sunday

A blustery, fresh sort of morning and it looks like we shall be getting the rain the forecasters have promised us before the morning is over. As the horses had galloped yesterday, we had our usual easy Wednesday morning with the horses have a canter up Warren Hill, followed by a pick of grass. It is noticeable how much the recent rain has freshened up the Heath and there has finally been some growth in the grass, which is lovely to see and long may it continue. 

22-06-12Second lot leaving the indoor ride

Both runners yesterday had a really good blow after their respective races. Miss Wendy's was one of those funny sorts of races where there was no pace and, with her being drawn on the outside, we were just trying to get a good position. I must comment on these claiming races, which, I seriously think, need to have their conditions amended. At present, they are being farmed by much older horses, who have very little fear of getting claimed and this is not what the claiming system set out to do. I feel that there should be more races, solely, for 5 year olds and upwards, which I think the public would like, enabling them to see their old favourites running. Then, we could have many more claimers  just for 3 and 4 year olds, which would be much fairer for everybody. Also,  I have always advocated claiming beforehand, on the lines they do in America. I am sure that these changes would benefit the whole system. Five Hearts ran no sort of race yesterday and there must be a real reason why she ran so disappointingly. I shall be endeavouring to get to the bottom of this mystery in the next few days.

22-06-27My Guardian Angel, Like Clockwork and Joe The Coat at the top of Warren Hill

Only one runner today, Kathleen Frances at Carlisle  in the Cumberland Plate. We won this race last year with Brushing and, with it being the most valuable 0-80 handicap in the calendar, it was a race I was delighted to win. Marvo, unfortunately, was balloted out of the Carlisle Bell, which is the oldest race in the calendar. Kathleen Frances has been progressing well throughout this spring and I am hopeful she will not be far off today. My one reservation is that she will be going right-handed, which for some inexplicable reason a lot of ours don't like.

22-06-42Dazinski, Locum, Cotton Grass and Zenarinda pulling up



22-06-271The four maiden mares at Dullingham Park - Astrodonna, Four Miracles, Missoula and Dulcie


22-06-081Four Miracles and Astrodonna



22-06-181Dulcie


22-06-381Missoula