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

Much cooler today.....

Friday, 07 October 2011

"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

 - St. Francis of Assisi

071004Khaled and David - only one of them looks ready to do any work!

An overcast, windy morning and the temperature has dropped even lower. We have not had any rain though and the ground here at the weekend will still be very much on the firm side. All the riders are starting to get out their winter warmers and gloves plus the yellow bibs, that make us visible in the mornings, are a compulsory feature from now onwards.
I have been putting the finishing touches to tomorrow's Cesarewitch runners, Mystery Star and Dazinski, who, I am pleased to tell you, moved fluently and their blood tests are clean; so it is all systems go for both of them. It seems a long time since I last won the Cesarewitch with Private Audition in 1988, which was 22 years ago, so it's about time I won it again. We look like having quite a few runnners over the weekend at a variety of venues and I am hopeful of a few good results.


Darren sets off on his rounds to hay the horses  

 071007Steve brings his tack round after second lot

A very interesting article about post-race concerts in the Racing Post today. The conclusion seems to be that the older and more established groups, who can sing and have a back catalogue of hits, are a much better draw than today's hyped-up, talentless, X-Factor wannabes. My only comment is that the crowds that stay and watch these older artists are the middle age to older racegoers, rather than the younger ones, who cannot afford the huge entrance costs. You only alienate the real racegoer with these concerts but I can see the advantage of them, especially to balance the books and keep up prize money levels; however, boredom may well set in if they don't change the format or come up with some other type of entertainment to please the masses. In Roman times gladiators fought each other and Christians were fed to the lions in the Coliseum with free loaves of bread being thrown to the public - not a bad idea!

071010Zac (as in Dingle from Emmerdale) collects the plates for Sunday's runners

071014Iain leads second lot back in from exercise

Very sad to read of the death of Anthony Arkwright, who worked for nearly thirty years as a Jockey Club handicapper. He was doing it in the days of normality, before the introduction of computerisation. He was a sound, very genuine man, who had a good relationship with all the trainers and our condolences go to his family.  

071018Lauren and Shomberg

071020Rhea and Chankillo