Horse welfare is paramount ...

It is a very warm, muggy morning....

Friday, 15 July 2011

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 - Winston Churchill

150702First lot arriving at the top of Railway Land

It is a very warm, muggy morning and, hopefully, this is the lull before the rain, which is forecast over the weekend. A few visitors arrived this morning to watch work and all went well. I have been on the Al Bahathri all-weather first lot, which is in excellent condition.

150712Astrolibra (John) and Five of Hearts (Nikki), with Zenarinda (Butch) following

150716Bird of Faith (Ruth) and Astromagick (Abbi)

150723Mystery Star (Dan) and Colzium (Wajid) 

We had a good trip to Longchamp yesterday - there and back in the day. Ted Spread ran a very sound race, having to make his own pace as, typically, in France there was no front runner. He was given a very good ride by Olivier Peslier on ground that was drying up fast. He was beaten under 2 lengths to finish fourth and earning around 9,000 euros for his troubles. The track at Longchamp is such a lovely place to go but the French don't go at all and there was a meagre crowd for what was a fantastic card. You can see from the photo below how empty the main stand was and this was taken after the third race. However, the prize money is fantastic and you will also notice the absence of bookies from the photo, which is where all our potential prize money goes - into somebody else's pocket without them having to pay the proper fee for it.


Gary Pettit and Gerry Barrett in the air, on their way to Longchamp


The stands at Longchamp, above and below

Two runners today, both at Hamilton tonight, where the ground is on the faster side of 'good' and I am just hoping that they can get some rain before racing. Cotton Grass runs in the 8.50 pm race, the mile and an half handicap. I am hopeful that she can continue her winning ways tonight under champion jockey, Paul Hanagan. In the next race at 9.20 pm, and by this time the jockeys will be wearing miners' helmets to see where they are going, Marvo runs in the mile and one handicap. He is a course and distance winner, so we know he likes the track but some rain would, definitely, help. 

150726Stuart Andrews, his friend Doug and Conrad Lockey watch work with MHT and Steve

150729Ashley de-briefs MHT on Shomberg's work