In and out as quickly as possible ...

Back to normal

Wednesday, 04 January 2012

"There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness."



Cotton Grass who runs today (John)

After a clear cold night we have a coolish morning and a little breeze, and everything is going along nicely. The older horses went in the ride, the all-weather horses and the jumpers did their canters on Warren Hill and the two year olds have been in the ride too. Ryan the maintenance man has all but finished the painting of the main yard boxes and our next big job is to cut down some trees which have become very overgrown.


Marvo who runs today (John)

Two runners today one at Huntington over hurdles, Cotton Grass, and Marvo at Lingfield on the flat. Cotton Grass ran an encouraging race at Leicester on her debut and has schooled very well since. My only real worry is the soft ground which gets very clay-like and holding at this track, but I am sure she will run a respectable race today. Marvo should get a race run to suit him as there is a front runner, and he must have a very sound chance of being in the action.


Astrodonna on the left with Dulcie at Dullingham

High winds have caused all sorts of trouble in the racing world with Ayr being abandoned yesterday and Epsom having the roof ripped off one of their stands. We have had a few branches down on the stud at Dullingham, and at Garrowby one of our fenced paddocks will need several new posts and boards.


Astrodonna with Four Miracles on the right

The Italian racing industry is in turmoil if you read the article on page 6 of the Racing Post today and no meetings have taken place this year. The main problem is the funding and the decline in betting turnover. There are some lovely courses in Italy but they have had no investment for many years. I just hope they can sort themselves out as I know many people enjoy overseas trips there.


One of the cats posing