Horse welfare is paramount ...

Only a drop of rain......

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

 - Nelson Mandela

251002Darren gives Charles a leg-up onto Eanans Bay

Only a drop of rain overnight, which is disappointing, as almost everywhere else seems to have had plenty. We have been doing a little bit of work with a few of them around Side Hill polytrack first lot and then getting some backward two year olds upsides on Warren Hill, teaching them how to quicken, second lot. Our sales' horses for Wednesday and Thursday have gone up to the complex this morning for people to inspect them and it looked like the sales yesterday were competitive for the right type of horse. Unfortunately, there are so many horses sold privately before the sales these days that the atmosphere of the old days is sadly lacking.

251009 Dan pulls out on Akula

251015MHT gives the riders their orders before having a second canter

Our runner yesterday was a bit frustrating, in that she was drawn badly and got behind early on in the race, only to finish with a flourish. This type of performance drives you barmy, as you know she has the ability but things didn't go to plan.
Two runners today at Yarmouth. In the 1.30 pm race, we run Shomberg, who hated the soft ground last time and will not particularly like the ground today, as it has rained quite a bit at Yarmouth overnight. This looks a good maiden with plenty of well-bred horses and could be informative for the future. Comrade Bond runs in the 3.30 pm race but the overnight rain will be against him, as will the extra furlong. Nevertheless, he is in good form and it would be fitting and well-deserved if he could finish the season on a high.

251020Akula (Dan) leads Eanans Bay (Charles) and Chankillo (Rhea)

251033Five Hearts (Abbi) and Astroscarlet (Wajid)

I see the clerk of the course at Lingfield is trying to get the public to give him ideas, as to how to make the Lingfield Derby Trial more popular. I have won two of these with Bob's Return and Franklin's Gardens and I have always felt that it is a good trial to see if a horse can come down the hill or not. My feeling is that it is already the right distance but that the ground must be kept properly with plenty of grass on the course to retain the moisture and, most importantly, the best way to attract runners is to make the prize money better than the other trials. It is as simple as that, if you have good ground and good prize money, you will get runners; it is not rocket science and there is no need for any pop groups or firework displays. 

251038Marvo (Steve) leads Red Hermes (Hannah) and Astrogold (Lee) (partly hidden)