Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

A lovely, sunny morning here...

Friday, 19 August 2011

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

 - Aristotle

190889David and Sue attend to Brushing in the paddock

A lovely, sunny morning here in Newmarket after a deluge of rain yesterday, which will have done the gallops and the paddocks on the stud a power of good. Everybody is in great form after yesterday's winner at York and it has been an excellent week for the yard. Cantering on the hills again this morning and the finishing touches have been put into Ted Spread for tomorrow's Ebor attempt.

190891Brushing cantering to post before the Yorkshire Oaks yesterday

A very good day at York with Brushing running well on ground she hated. She is a very good filly but must have a sound surface, which it usually is at this time of year at York but yesterday's ground was on the dead side and she cannot handle that at all. We shall now be looking for opportunities for her worldwide.
Dazinski surprised me a bit in that he went on the ground, when I was very dubious about it. He was given a top class ride by Paul Hanagan and the man who had £2000 to £50,000 each-way must be very pleased - I hope he buys a yearling and sends it to Flint Cottage! It was one of Conrad and Beryl Lockey's ambitions filled yesterday, having a winner at York and it couldn't have given me more pleasure to have achieved it for them. We have had well over 30 winners together and the next ambition is one at Newmarket. Certainly the Cesarewitch will be on the agenda. 

190807MHT watches Ted Spread having a blow

A very happy birthday to Russell Trew, our sponsor and a great friend and supporter of Flint Cottage. His very nice filly, Kathleen Frances, is itching for some soft ground and will be giving him a birthday present shortly. She is in fantastic form and rearing to go.

190834Khaled gives Iain a hand to wash Cornish Beau's legs after exercise

190863Shomberg (Lauren), Rayvin Black (Charles) and Like Clockwork (Dan)

190866Akula (Abby)

190844Like Clockwork (Dan)