Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A calm morning, once again......

Friday, 02 September 2011

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

 - Jamie Paolinetti

020908MHT discusses the ground on the Peat Moss with a heathman

A calm morning, once again, and we have been across to Racecourse Side, where we worked on some new ground on the Peat Moss gallop. Using the new strip was like working on a carpet and everything moved smoothly and looked in good shape.

020920Astroleo (Iain) and Blimey O'Riley (Charles)

We were misled yesterday at Salisbury about the going, as their official description of good, good-to-firm in places was nothing like the slow side of good and dead ground, which the jockeys reported. I would have loved to have taken Mystery Star out but owners had gone and it had cost a tremendous amount of money to transport the horse there. The result and his finishing position tell the story, as he is incapable of quickening up on that kind of holding ground. The clerk of the course has had an e-mail from me this morning and I await his comments but I think over-watering was yet again the cause. Salisbury, years ago, was a lovely, downland course with a good, thick sward of grass. You couldn't harm a horse, even if it was very firm, as you are constantly on the collar at the most important stage of the race but this watering has ruined the surface.
Our two at Kempton were both a bit disappointing and I shall be going back to the drawing board with both of them.

020929Old Boy Ted (Steve), No Rules (Dan) and Dictate (Rhea)

020934Battery Power (Lauren) and Astromagick (Hannah)

Angie went up to Garrowby yesterday to have a good look round and she couldn't have been more pleased with the yearlings that we have to come into training this time. She was delighted also with how the new batch of weanlings have settled in so quickly; they were very relaxed and happy standing in a field full of grass - it is such a perfect place to rear young stock.  

020927Mares and foals grazing in the peaceful surroundings of Dullingham Park Stud

020949From the left - the Missouri filly, the Twelfth Night colt (partly hidden), the Astrolove colt, alongside Topatori,plus the Laheen colt and the Topatori filly