Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Plenty of rain over night

Thursday, 19 January 2012

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

George Bernard Shaw.


Akula (Liam) and Zenarinda (Dan)

A very wet night  and it has followed on this morning, especially the first lot when it was lashing it down. Quite a good string of horses out this morning with a full complement of staff plus Matt Manchini the Astley Club manager who periodically puts in an appearance to ride out. A good excersise around the indoor school for the  first lot, followed at second lot with two good canters up Warren Hill.

A new arrival from Ireland was given its first introduction to the heath by Steve Avery, although its eyes were on stalks, as they usually are the first time a newcomer sees so many horses.  She will soon settle down. She has come over from a very good stud and looks a picture. I just need to think of a good name now.


Marvo (Hannah) and Jennifer J (Rhea)

One runner tonight at Wolverhampton, and Iain has just set off in the horsebox on his way.  Astroscarlet runs in the 7 o'clock, the mile and a half handicap. This is the first race in 2012 that the three year olds can run over this trip. All Astroscarlet's siblings have improved once going up in distance and I think she will run well tonight.

John Fahy takes the ride as she only carries 8 stone 5. He is a good lad and is one of many young jockeys who just need to get on the right horses to spring board their career.


The string walking back down the Moulton Road

Very little to comment  on in the Racing Post this morning,  but I see the Royal Ascot chiefs are bringing in a proper formal dress code which will no doubt benefit the whole occasion. It has been more X-factor than Royal Ascot the last few years, and for 5 days I think their requirement will suit everybody.

The other interesting article is on Italian racing, where it looks as if the revenue generated from slot machines will be somehow put towards their horse racing and trotting finances. As I have said before, there has been no racing in Italy since the turn of the year and there have been several demonstrations outside the government buildings by the racing professionals. It might be a good idea if Henry Cecil, Michael Stoute, Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori, and everbody else walked up and down outside BHA offices in High Holborn to protest about our prize money. I wonder if anyone would take any notice.


As you can see from the pictures above and below, the frost has caused a mains water pipe to fracture on the Watercourse crossing which is right in the middle of the horse walk at Exeter Road.  There was a proper flood and it was very lucky that the road did not collapse completely.

The Council and Anglia Water were quickly on the scene and repairs are under way. It's amazing that the horses  seem to take no notice of it and so far every string has by passed it without incident.