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

A much cooler morning....

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.”

 - Theodore Roosevelt


Astrolibra (Nikki) and Cotton Grass (Ruth)

A much cooler morning and thank goodness that closeness has gone out of the air. We had a couple of good showers yesterday but missed the real downpours and the forecast is for sunshine and an isolated shower today. We have been cantering on both the hills this morning on Bury Side, followed by a pick of grass. Quite a few have been in the pool, which has been in full operation of late during this warm spell and everything has had a swim at evening stables rather than getting brushed over.

29-06-061Ron (Lee) and Cornish Beau (Abby)

29-06-36Battery Power (Rhea)

At Hamilton yesterday we had three runners. Shomberg ran well in the first to finish second, showing plenty of encouragement for the future; he ran a bit green early on but he finished with a flourish and will improve considerably for this race. Cat Island was a bit disappointing and I shall be dropping her, even more, in class and Colzium ran with quite a bit of promise and I am sure there is still some improvement in him.

29-06-40Second lot emerging into the copse at the top of Warren Hill

29-06-56Phantom Ranch (Rhea)

It was very sad to read yesterday that Richard Fox had died. 'Foxy' was a real character, as well as a good lightweight jockey and always lived life to the full. Even in later life his enthusiasm never left him and he was full of stories and reminiscences from his racing days. There seems to be no one in the recent generations that has the character of these older jockeys but I would think you would have to put that down to the competitiveness and the amount of racing we have nowadays, which restricts this.

29-06-65MHT in conversation with Ashley on Ted Spread