Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Only a few spots of rain.....

Friday, 16 September 2011

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

 - Arnold Schwarzenegger

160915Ted Spread (Butch) striding out on the Al Bahathri

An overcast sky first lot and we did have a few spots of rain but they didn't last long. There is rain forecast for the weekend and we are really desperate for it, as the Heath is looking like an American prairie at present. It has been so frustrating that we cannot get on the grass gallops but having the artificial surfaces has kept everybody on the move. We have been on the Al Bahathri this morning with the ones I can get on with and they all moved well, plus there was no coughing as they were cooling down. I scoped a few more after second lot and we are still finding new ones that have the infection. The antibiotic treatment continues but I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel at last.

160934Colzium (Matt) and Astroverdi (Lee)

160945Blimey O'Riley (Dan) and Cotton Grass (John)

It was great to get back in the winners' enclosure yesterday with Astromagick, who won very nicely. Her form has been progressive and working out well but with the horses having a cloud over them it was hard to be very enthusiastic about her prospects. She was given a very good ride by William Buick, who bided his time on her. She stays very well and is very genuine, like her mother before her, so I can see her keeping on improving now; in fact, she is one that will continue to progress right through into next year. It is such a shame that we lost her dam, Astrocharm, after only having one foal but this filly should make up for that very sad loss.

160955Butch discussing the work with MHT

At the stud, the weaning is in full flight and we only have a few more mares and foals to move. So far it has all gone well but, once again, a good dollop of rain would help, as the ground is very firm and the grass growth has been very limited. Once this next batch has had three or four weeks settling in together, they will be on their way up to Garrowby for the next stage of their lives. We will be testing all the mares at the end of this month for their pregnancies, as the fees become due on October 1st. It seems to come round more and more quickly every year.

160961Blimey O'Riley (Dan) winding down after galloping

160965Smokey Oakey (Rhea)