Horse welfare is paramount ...

A couple of good runs at the weekend

Monday, 13 February 2012

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Emerson.


Comrade Bond (Robbie) Ravin Black (Dan)

This morning is a little bit milder than last week but it is still pretty cold and there is plenty of snow yet to clear. I think the forecast is for it to get warmer as the week goes on and then they are talking about another cold spell hitting us next week. All the canters are up and running here at Newmarket again and it’s been a very busy morning out on the Heath.

      13_The_Guvnor_with_Brian_Agar_and_brother         13-Smokey_Oakey_Steve

              The Guv'nor with Brian Agar                                       Smokey Oakey (Steve)

                            and his brother

Our runners at Lingfield on Saturday both ran respectably, especially Smokey Oakey who got a good ride from Tom Eaves. He had a good blow afterwards and I hope the handicapper now gives him a chance to win a race this spring. He will also be going back hurdling when the ground is suitable. Astrolibra stayed on well in the straight and Tom was quite complimentary about her, but she owes us nothing. She is a winner of five races and will now retire to the stud. She is a sister to several winners including this year’s useful three-year- old Rayvin Black, and should be a great addition to the band of mares.

We were delighted with Ron at Southwell yesterday. He just met an above average bumper horse. He took a while to get the idea but will have learned a lot from yesterday’s run. Once Colin had got him into top gear he had a job pulling him up. He will be aimed at another bumper in the not too distant future and will make a cracking three mile hurdler/chaser in the long term.


Smokey Oakey (Steve) Frederick Alfred (Lee)

It was very sad to read of the death of Refuse To Bend, who died of a heart attack at the weekend while at stud in France, as we have just had a colt foal born to Four Miracles by him last week. The foal is a cracker and full of life; let’s hope he can further his father’s name with plenty of wins in the future.


The second lot returning after a canter up Warren Hill