Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Dull and mild

Friday, 11 November 2011

"Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear"

William Shakespeare.

 04_Akula      04_Ted_Spread      Cotton_Grass          

Akula                                          Ted Spread                               Cotton Grass

                                  Some of the horses who schooled this morning                                 

It started off dull once more this morning but again very mild. We have had a good morning so far with a few flat horses on the Cambridge Road polytrack, and Colin and Matty have been in full flight schooling horses on the Links. Akula, Ted Spread, Cotton Grass and Old Boy Ted all schooled over the hurdles and NoRules and Astrolibra over fences. They all jumped well and are ready to run shortly. We had a couple of interested spectators in Eddie Ahern and Jack Mitchell who had been galloping horses on the Cambridge Road. Eddie is very much into the buying and selling of horses, and he is always good value to have around - there's certainly plenty of "craic"!

10Eans2Eanan's Bay being untacked after exercise (Waajid)

Yesterday's runners both pleased me. Red Hermes behaved very well in all the preliminaries, she walked straight into the stalls and jumped out well. The kickback was a very big surprise to her and she ran very green. She swerved on the bends to get out of the kickback and then again in the straight. She will have learnt a lot and is certain to improve and win a race. Locum ran a tremendous race first time on the fibresand. He was given a great ride by David Allen, who always had him in the right place. He took up the running two out and was caught close home. He seems to handle all the all-weather tracks and what marvellous horse he has been for his loyal followers, many of them were there yesterday.

1110qiiinThe Qilin filly just down from Garrowby, being led back to the school after going on the walker (Khalid)

The B.H.A. have altered the whip rules again and have reduced the penalties and given a bit more flexibilty to the stewards. What a great decision! It must have taken the best brains available to come up with this new initiative. The sooner we get back to old original rule and pure common sense the better.

11chan5hearAstroscarlet (Rhea) and Jennifer J (Hannah)

Astroscarlet and Jennifer J did a piece of faster work at second lot on Long Hill polytrack. Scarlet is entered next week and like her brothers and sisters she is most genuine, tries her hardest and is sure to win a race on those attributes alone. Jennifer J is beginning to get the hang of it but once again, similar to her sister Kathleen Frances, will be much better as a three year old once handicapped and grown into her frame. A very nice filly in the making.


Battery Power (Abbi)

11walkinRon (John) leading the string home

We are a bit like Test Match Special in the office at the moment as, very kindly, people are dropping food and drink into us. They must think that we need fattening up. The latest delivery, being held by Ian below, came from Richard Farleigh who owns Four Miracles (in foal to Refuse to Bend). I can tell you that it is an absolutely delicious and irrestible orange and almond cake - just don't let me go near any scales. Thank you very much Richard, we all think you should appear on Master Chef!