Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

Fog then sun

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Will Collins.


Akula (Dan)

I think it was the foggiest morning of the year so far at first lot, but by the time second lot pulled out the sun had burnt it off and it is now a beautiful morning. Plenty of activity going on around the yard with horses  cantering, yearlings being broken, steam cleaning and painting continuing. Everybody always thinks this is a quite time of year for a racing yard, but I always think the complete opposite as we are always under pressure to get everything maintained both buildings and horses in a short space of time. Before you know it Christmas will be upon us, all the presents opened annd the start of the flat not far off. It comes round very quickly.


Chankillo (Lauren)


Ryan keeps going with the steam cleaning in the front yard now.

One runner today, Astroscarlet, who runs in the twilight meeting at Kempton. I thought they had done away with these odd timed meetings but no, once it gets too dark for the jumpers, the bookmakers seem to demand live racing 24 hours a day.  Our race is the 6.40, the mile nursery. The filly certainly has the best of the draw in stall 1, which is absolutely amazing considering all the bad draws we've had lately. She is in good form, looks well and if putting her best foot forward could be involved today.



A bit of a disappointing run from No Rules yesterday, who was a bit novicey early on, but pulled a plate off and stood on it causing his foot to be very sore today. This could have happened very early on in the race which would not have helped. He did get round to earn some prize money, and the one thing to say about Fakenham is that they certainly try both with the prize money and the atmostphere.

Farrier_toolsThe farrier's tools

Darren is in charge of all the feeding, the new hay steamer, the laundry and every other thing that I can think of. He has got to be organised and on the ball at all times, as things happen which can distract you and you need to have a system which works smoothly and efficiently.


Part of Darren's feed room

Hay_machineThe hay steamer in use

A thoroughly deserved honour for Sir Henry Cecil when he was knighted by the Queen yesterday. It is marvellous to see our industry having someone recognized for achievements within the industry.