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Overcast but mild again....

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away."

 - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

121001On Rayes Lane, heading out to the Heath 

An overcast day and the wind has dropped but there was slight drizzle for about ten minutes during first lot. We had a general cantering morning and a good pick of grass with the horses today and they all look very well, despite our underlying problems.

121009Zenarinda (Dan)

Our runner yesterday, Piccarello, ran with credit, as he was run off his feet in the early part of the race but stayed on resolutely in the final couple of furlongs. I feel the ground helped him and I am sure another furlong or two would see him in a better light. There is a race or two for him before the sales at the end of the month. At least the last couple of runners have performed better and let's hope it is the start of a revival.

121014Dine Out (Hannah)

Two runners today both at Lingfield, where we have the two sisters out of Astrolove running. Astroscarlet runs in the 3.35 pm race, the 7 furlong maiden. She has been gradually learning in her two runs to-date and will, like her siblings, be seen better over a longer trip as she gets older. Her four year old sister, Astrovenus, runs in the 5.10 pm race over two miles and, if handling this surface, could run reasonably well. She is certainly fit, happy in herself and might be placed at a big price.

121017Walking home alongside the Town sand

The whip debate continues to be headlines on the front page of the Racing Post with Tony McCoy saying the new rules are unworkable. There has got to be some give and take on all sides, otherwise we will become the laughing stock of the racing world. It may be that the jockeys will have to adapt to the Australian style of riding, where they wave their whips like a whirling dervish in a circular action, which encourages them to go forward. However, even this manoeuvre might be outlawed under the new rule, as if you can't hit the horse down the shoulder whilst holding onto the reins more than a certain number of times, I would think the above would be out of order. This debate has taken all the gloss and headlines away from the Champions Day this weekend, so the good that meeting may well have done, bringing racing to the wider public. has been lost.   

121027Barwick (Rhea) leads the string round the indoor ride