Horse welfare is paramount ...

Frosty and cold

Saturday, 10 December 2011

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

E.E. Cumming.


Newmarket Racecourse in the distance on a December morning

A very cold start to the day although it would have been absolutely perishing if there had been any wind. A busy morning with a very early start for Iain and the staff going racing as the first race at Southwell is just after 12.00. The polytracks are in great shape even with a sharp frost as the heathmen anticipate the cold weather and prepare them a bit deeper. We have been cantering at first lot and the yearlings will be at second lot. 


The dovecot and behind the maintenance work continues

Four runners today at Southwell, which as most of you know is not the most attractive of courses especially in the winter time, but we have been lucky there over the years. The best bit about it is the restaurant just inside the entrance way where they produce delicious homemade normal dishes, and the Owners' and Trainers' is usually a good haven from the cold. It's an early start at 12.05 with Astroscarlet. She ran a great race last time, when getting the idea late, to finish second at Kempton; a different surface today which we won't know if she handles until afterwards, but she must have every chance on her form last time. Chankillo runs in the next at 12.40 and is another first time on the surface. He has improved since his run on the turf, and it wouldn't surprise me if he ran a sound race. Marvo is the third of our consecutive runners at 1.15. He has run here twice before without troubling the judge but in much better company. There are a couple in here which could give him a race but I am hopeful he will run well. Our last runner is Zenarinda at 2.25 in the mile and a half maiden. Once again there are a couple that look dangerous but I am hoping this could be her day.

Todays runners - all four are homebred at Dullingham:

14_Astroscarlet          23_Marvo

                          Astroscarlet                                                                  Marvo





The Owls are away to Oldham today and I hope we can keep up our winning run and get the points on the board. It's a most vital period over Christmas with plenty of games and it sets the season up for a real promotion push. Phil and Ian are once again confident of an Arsenal victory against Everton, but I think this is one of those tricky games. The game on Monday is the one to watch - Chelsea v Manchester City.


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