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Milder today

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

"Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong."



A wonderful day to see the yearlings

There was a big change in the weather overnight with a much warmer, damp and drizzly morning. In fact the weather forecast on the radio has just told me it will get up to 11 degrees today - which is 11 degrees more than yesterday when it never got above freezing. The horses continue to do their winter exercise and the lads are certainly warmer today as they trot round the indoor ride.


The Virtual ex Astrolove colt

We have one runner today at Lingfield, No Rules . He runs in the two mile claimer. I have put the blinkers on him today just to sharpen him up. He moved his shoe and a nail went into his foot the last time he ran, which was in a novice chase at Fakenham, and it has taken some time to get him sound and ready to run again. This race will put him spot on for another run over hurdles in the near future.


The Nayef ex Twelfth Night colt

Paul Bittar starts work at the BHA today as its chief executive. He has worked for the BHA before a few years ago but has since been in New Zealand and his native Australia. There is plenty of advice today from all sections of the racing industry on what his priorities should be. Reading it you get a sense of urgency that all sections, be it from stable staff to the richest owners, believe that we need a strong leader who can deal with the government and pull together all the segments of our industry. The one thing he must do, and everyone knows it won't happen overnight, is sort out the finances. If he can possibly get that right the whole industry will survive and flourish.


Seasonal Blossom's Dutch Art filly with her group including Rayvin Black's brother on the left


The Halling ex Topatori filly


On the left the Zamindar ex Mega filly with the Black Sam Bellamy ex Astromancer filly  

Angie and I went up to Garrowby yesterday to look at the horses up there and although it's the worst time of year to look at yearlings, with their coats being woolly and them growing at different stages, I'm delighted to say that they all looked fantastic. The water and land at Garrowby are  huge factors, as the stock get plenty of natural minerals which promote great growth and strength, and these, together with proper feeding and management, allow the horses to develop and thrive. Alan, Tina and Rachel do a marvellous job and all the horses are very relaxed and happy.


 Topatoo's Sakhee's colt


Azure Mist's Halling colt


Alan and Rachel strawing down a field shelter