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

Mild and still

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

Bertram Russell.


January daffodils at the stud

A mild sunny morning and Nature doesn't know what to do with itself. Both the daffodils and snowdrops are starting to come through, and the grass is growing on the lawn and the fields. At least the trees are holding firm so far. A normal cantering morning with all the horses and as yet no problems. Iain set off at first light to go up to Garrowby to collect some mares to bring back to Dullingham.


Returning from The Links

It's great to have another world-rated best horse in Newmarket in Frankel. He is a most marvellous horse, a once in a lifetime animal, and it's huge credit to the Juddmonte breeding operation who keep producing top  class racehorses as a matter of course. I see him most days out on the Heath and the whole team at Warren Place has done a tremendous job. It will be interesting and very exciting to watch him race this year especially as he may move up in trip.


No Rules (Butch) with Ron (Lee)

I was very kindly invited to go and watch Cambridge United play Grimsby last night. The result didn't go the U's way as they were beaten by a single goal, but it delighted the Reverend Locking, my host, who was born and bred in Grimsby.


The heathman with his mallet for repairing any damaged hurdles

The pictures below shows the result of the recent gales  on the stud and the lads have been busy chainsawing away and burning the smaller branches before we can put mares into the paddock. It's a never ending maintenance job there as there is so much to do at all times of the year - but one thing it's never dull!


Russell and David clearing a branch at the stud