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

More like Autumn today

Monday, 18 July 2011

"I'd like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me."

Seve Ballesteros.

18.07.01Ted Spread with Butch

A very cool and cloudy morning after a weekend of heavy showers and wind - I don't actually know how much rain we did have but, like the weather at the Open Golf, it was torrential when it came. We have been out on the Heath trying to dodge the showers the first couple of lots and so far have been quite successful. Everybody is working well as we are under pressure with runners at Yarmouth, three people up in Scotland for tomorrow's meeting at Musselburgh, and one or two on holiday. An Italian apprentice has joined us for a month. His name is Paulo. I hope he is the next Frankie Dettori. He can't speak much English but I am sure the lads will soon teach him a word or two.

18.07.05Cornish Quest with Paulo

Three runners today at Yarmouth: Rayvin Black runs in the 2.15 the seven furlong maiden. He ran well on his debut and if he handles this soft ground, which I think he should do, must run well. Five Hearts is our next runner at 4.15. She was very disappointing on her re-appearance at Beverley and I am hoping that the big difference in track and ground will show her in a much better light. Astrolibra is our last runner in the 4.45 and should run with credit but will be much better for the outing. A hurdle/chase campaign is on her agenda.


Astromoon with John

There was a big article last week on the "Going Stick" and I have constantly maintained that it is a complete waste of time and money. Just for an example, Musselburgh was giving the ground on Friday as "good, good to firm in places" with a Going Stick of 6.9. Yarmouth, with ground "good to soft, soft in places", had exactly the same Going Stick reading 6.9. What a complete farce and the sooner the Going Sick is thrown away the better. I cannot see any positives for it at all. Trainers will have to rely on the Clerks of the courses who must put a bit more work and effort in to giving us reliable ground reports. It is vital for everybody connected with the sport for these to be correct.


Kathleen Frances with Ashley

Congratulations to Darren Clarke on winning the Open yesterday. His perseverance over all the problems he has had is a great example to everybody. He thoroughly deserved this great victory.