A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Still bitterly cold

Thursday, 09 February 2012

"Always laugh when you can. It is cheep medicine."

Lord Byron.


Mystery Star (Lauren) Astromagick (Rhea) Toptempo (Hannah)

It is zero degrees this morning with the forecast being for another shower of snow coming our way later, but there is still no substantial wind which helps a lot when we are away from the shelter of the yard. Flint Cottage is an amazing place as it is in a very protected position and so consequently you can get misled as to what clothes you will require when venturing out on to the Heath. In the summer it’s the same; it can be very warm in the yard but much cooler on the Heath. You have got to use your inside knowledge to know what to wear on a daily basis.


Cotton Grass being rugged up by John

Our runner yesterday came via Buckingham Palace on the final bend which threw away any chance she had, but she still finished fourth beaten under two lengths. If she hadn’t have run so wide I am sure she would have gone very close. There is very little for her now  on the all weather over her trip so I will be giving her a short break until the start of the grass season, but I am sure she will be winning races this coming season.


The riders' essentials

I am glad to see a couple of follow-up articles in the Racing Post today with regard to the off-shore tax situation and the racecourse bookies' position. It’s very encouraging to see the analysts believing that the off-shore tax is inevitable and will come in eventually. This must give everybody encouragement for the future - let's hope it is brought in sooner rather than later. The Chief Executive of the RCA seems to think there is no magic solution for the bookmakers, but we must all keep putting our heads together as we don’t want to lose the spectacle and atmosphere that they create.


First lot coming home