A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Another blue sky morning....

Friday, 23 September 2011

"When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind."


230931Piccarello (Gerard Turnelty) and Astroverdi (Colin Bolger)

Another blue sky morning and, although there was a bit of a nip in the air first lot, it has quickly warmed up and it looks like being another glorious day. It is great for the racegoers but for those of us that want some ground for their horses to run on and some rain for the paddocks it is not ideal; amazingly, two track records were broken yesterday at Newmarket in September.
We have been busy schooling horses first lot with Colin and his colleague, Gerard, and all went as well as could be expected. There are several videos of today's schooling further down this page; however, we were on the all-weather schooling strip and it would be nice to get back on the grass.



230966Old Boy Ted (Gerard)

Due to the ground, I am only going to have one runner today at Newmarket and that is Cornish Beau in the last race at 5.20 pm. They have cut the grass on the course so short that no dew is retained and the recent wind and dry spell have made the going even worse. Why they cut it so short is beyond me but it seems to be a modern-day craze to have these courses like a bowling green. The only thing it will do is break horses down and, undoubtedly, there will be one or two very sore this morning after yesterday. I am not going to risk a good horse like Ted Spread on ground he doesn't like, which could possibly do him damage.
Cornish Beau runs in the Newmarket Challenge Whip, which is for horses owned by a member of the Jockey Club or the Jockey Club Rooms. The whip dates back to the reign of King Charles 11 and there is evidence that the whip itself contains hair from the great horse, Eclipse. There is no prize money involved but a bronze goes to the winning owner and it is keeping the history of the race alive that is more important today. Cornish Beau could run reasonably well and I am very much hoping so.



230978Colzium (Colin)

Very sad to hear of the death of Slip Anchor yesterday at the age of 29. He was a runaway winner of the Derby for Henry Cecil in 1985 and in his stud career his best horse would have been User Friendly, who won the Oaks and the St. Leger. Also, I see that the death of Rahy was reported in America, who was another top stallion.



230981Colin and Gerard discuss the schooling with MHT