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Foggy this morning....

Friday, 28 October 2011

"Please all, and you will please none."

 - Aesop

281003Steve leads the Elnadim ex Bianca Cappello filly home

A very foggy morning, as well as being dark, so the combination of the two made it very tricky first lot, as we made our way towards the schooling grounds on The Links on Racecourse Side. It is always quite dangerous, as you cross the Cambridge Road and, despite flashing lights and luminous jackets, you take your life in your hands crossing here. We all got their safely and met Colin and Mattie, who were in top form and the schooling proceeded to go without a hitch. I was delighted with Ted Spread, Mystery Star and Cotton Grass, who had never seen the hurdles before and all took to it like a duck to water. We have several ready to run and it will give us a great interest throughout the winter.

281007This Elnadim filly is for sale on the Horses for Sale page - please look for further details

No Rules got tired again last night and I am not too sure that he likes either that surface or the kickback but, certainly, the draw didn't help. He will now be going handicap hurdling before seeing a fence in the not too distant future.

281023The Beat Hollow ex Topatori yearling colt on the lunge

Three runners today at Newmarket and one over hurdles at Wetherby. Our Newmarket runners start with Chankillo, who runs in the the 7 furlong maiden at 1.50 pm. This looks quite a good race but, although he will benefit greatly from the experience, he is definitely okay and is a half-brother to Brushing. Our next runner is Kathleen Frances at 3.35 pm, in the mile and an half fillies handicap. This looks another very competitive contest with plenty of improving and talented fillies, especially in the three year old division. I would have liked a bit more rain for this filly but am still hopeful of a sound performance. Finally, at Newmarket, we run Blimey O'Riley in the 5.20 pm race, the two mile handicap, which is the only race I can possibly run him in before the end of the season. It may come a bit quick after his Newbury win but if the bounce doesn't affect him, he must be thereabouts again this afternoon.
At Wetherby, we run Astrolibra in the two mile handicap hurdle at 2.45 pm. She ran a very good race last time at Cheltenham and Peter Carberry, who rode her there, retains the ride as I think the 5 lbs will be a big benefit. I am told the ground is a bit of a mixture of good, good-to-firm and sticky, so I am hoping for no more rain and, as she is a sound jumper and a course and distance winner, we must be hopeful of being in the money. She is another that will be going novice chasing shortly.  

281030Then on his way home with David

281045Charles on Barwick

281054One of the cats keeping a close eye on the horses