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Cold but dry

Thursday, 02 February 2012

“On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”

George Orwell.


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Smokey Oakey (John) Chankillo (Lauren)

It doesn’t feel so cold this morning, but I think that is just due to the lack of wind which prevents the chill factor setting in. I have cantered all of the older horses at first lot for the first time this year, and although it was pretty busy everything went off smoothly. A few of them were in high spirits but it’s great to get started. Everybody - both horses and people - seemed to enjoy it. I will be doing something similar with the two-year-olds and will be having them cantering on the heath too. There are so many canters to choose from these days that it can take them a week or two to start to know them all.

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        The Guv'nor with mother and foal                 Astrodonna with her new filly foal

Our first foal of the season arrived last night at around 11pm. Astrodonna gave birth to her first foal, a filly by Bahamian Bounty. The foal was up and suckling very quickly and the mother’s acting as if she’s done it all her life. Astrodonna is out of Mega who has bred nothing but nice horses and comes from a very good family which is improving all the time.

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 Astroscarlet (Abbi) Cotton Grass (Rhea)

I see that there is a steep drop in the Grand National entries with the new entry restrictions now in place. This may or may not improve the race; it certainly cuts out the complete outsider winning it or a fairy story ever happening. However times do change and we will have to wait and see what happens from now onwards.

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Walking in