The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

A good drop of rain overnight...

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

"To live in hearts we leave behind

Is not to die."

~Thomas Campbell

210911Astroleo (Abbi)

An overcast morning and, finally, we had some rain last night; in fact, just under half an inch of rain fell, which will have helped the ground. I think the forecast is for a few more showers and then to remain dry so, all-in-all, it should make the ground at Newmarket nearly perfect. After yesterday's work, we have been having a normal cantering morning, where everything has gone smoothly.

210926Some of yesterday's gallopers having a pick of grass on Long Hill

210929Second lot walking onto the Mactrack at the bottom of Warren Hill

We have got three runners today, two at Goodwood and one tonight at Kempton. Iain, who has gone to Goodwood, tells me this morning that they had quite a lot of rain last night and the ground will be on the soft side. Shomberg, who ran with credit first time at Hamilton, runs in the 7 furlong maiden at 2.00 pm. He has, however, had a bout of ringworm and the virus but he scoped clean the other day, he should like the ground and the trip will be fine, so we are letting him take his chance.
Blimey O'Riley has not run for over a 1000 days, since completing a three-timer at Chester, as he has been plagued with leg trouble. He has done plenty of swimming and faster work in preparation for today but, undoubtedly, the race will bring him on no end. I must praise all the staff, both stud and stable, who have nursed him back to fitness.
This evening at Kempton, we run Battery Power in what looks a competitive handicap. She was suffering from the viral infection but I am hoping tonight, particularly with Kieren on board, that we shall see her back to somewhere near her best. 

210939Brushing (Butch)

210947Dine Out (Charles) and Lady Bellatrix (Dan)

After the death of Ginger McCain, we now have more sad news about Michael Jarvis, who died yesterday quietly at home. Michael was, what I can only describe as, a proper person and a proper trainer. He was an example of what a trainer should be and should aspire to be, being a true credit to his profession, always keeping things simple and doing everything the right way. He will be very sadly missed not only by everybody in Newmarket but by all the racing world - our condolences go to his whole family.

210946Astroscarlet (Abbi)