Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

A cool night.....

Thursday, 18 August 2011

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."

 - Khalil Gibran

180876Ted Spread cantering on Long Hill in preparation for his run in the Ebor on Saturday

A cool night and the early morning had a distinct feel of autumn about it. It has just started to rain and the forecast is for us to get some heavy showers before the end of the day, which will be welcome as the grass gallops in Newmarket are very firm at the moment. The horses have been cantering on Long and Warren Hill polytracks this morning with first and second lots, fortunately, staying dry but third lot is not going to be so lucky. 

1808100Astrovenus (Abbi)

I forgot to mention yesterday how our two runners got on at Brighton on Tuesday. Cornish Quest blatantly did not stay the mile and I shall drop him back to 7 furlongs next time, which is the trip that he ran so well over at Yarmouth last time. Imjin River was a bit disappointing but completely failed to handle the track and needs to return to a more regular course.

1808103Battery Power (Lauren)

Two runners today at York, starting with Brushing in the Yorkshire Oaks at 3.40 pm. We may be tilting at windmills with her but we have several reasons for optimism in what looks a competitive renewal. She came good at this time of year in the Galtres Stakes 12 months ago and I have been delighted with her work recently. Also, she ran a good race in the Middleton Stakes on her only start this year, which was over an inadequate 10 furlongs and where she should have finished third or fourth, if she had not been hampered. The ground may be a bit softer than ideal for her but let's hope she gives us reason to be proud today.
Dazinski runs later on in the afternoon at 4.50 pm in the two mile handicap. He has run some sound races this year without getting his head in front and has been in good form of late so, as long as he handles this ground, he should be thereabouts. 

1808115Second lot on Rayes Lane

A great day's racing at York yesterday with two nice, progressive horses winning the Acomb and the Great Voltigeur. The Juddmonte International produced a fantastic race with Prince Khaled Abdullah, finally, managing to win his own race. Twice Over has long been a firm favourite at Warren Place and is fast earning a place in the hearts of the racing public; we don't often see top class flat horses racing on year after year like this, so it was it was marvellous to see him back to his best. He is by Observatory, who is a stallion that I love and I have a smashing two year old by him in the yard and a lovely colt foal on the stud.  

1808123Rayvin Black (Charles) and Old Boy Ted (John)


Topatoo leads the mares on their way out to the paddock at Deer Park

180819MHT gives a helping hand, turning out Optimistic

180832Nearly there, as the geese come to watch