Horse welfare is paramount ...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

"An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness"

Elbert Hubbard.


Chankillo above and below


A dull but warm morning and the forecasters are now telling us that it will be getting colder towards the end of the week with even snow forecast for Scotland. We have been on the Side Hill grass canter this morning at first lot for the first time this year - and it certainly won't be the last as the lads reported that it rode very well with a good cover of grass. I should hope they will keep it open for a few months now as all the grass canters have had very little use due to us having only half the average rainfall this year. 


Jennifer J (Lee)

The first day of the December Sales went off well yesterday with the last round of yearlings this year. We are now starting on the foals and I think trade will be strong as the buyers are unbelievably fearless even in this current economic climate.


Astroscarlet (Charles)

Our local MP Matthew Hancock is talking in Parliament today on the position of offshore bookmakers taking bets on UK racing. This is very important matter to our industry because of the financial ramifications and it will be extremely interesting to hear John Penrose the Gambling Minister's reply. This debate may be live on the Parliament channel on Sky TV and, if you are not doing anything, it may be interesting to watch.


The heathman, pictured above,  is guarding the Long Hill grass gallop as only horses engaged in the international overseas races can use it by booking it in advance. The ones going to Hong Kong for their December meeting used it today. You are only allowed to take the horses themselves and a lead horse on the hallowed turf. Good Luck to all the Newmarket runners!


David Noblett at Garrowby with his colt out of Azure Mist

We encourage our owners to get involved in the stud side of the business as this opens up a completely different view of owning horses. When you have been part of the whole process of picking a stallion, seeing a foal reared and all the way through to getting on a racetrack, it gives you great satisfaction and a different perspective on racing a horse that you have actually bred. David, who visited Garrowby at the weekend, was there at the conception of this Halling weanling and hopefully will be there when he wins the Derby! The strong attractive colt is the first offspring of the well bred and consistent Azure Mist, who is due to foal in late February to Champs Elysees.