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A windy start with a visit to The Links

Saturday, 18 February 2012

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Confucius.

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Lady Bellatrix (Robbie)

We woke up to a very windy morning which, thank goodness, will dry up the ground both on the Heath and on the stud. There is talk of a hosepipe ban in the East as we have had well below our average rainfall for the year, but I am sure there will be plenty of rain yet to come which should stop this completely barmy idea. I took a few horses up to The Links at first lot and did some good fast work on the railway line gallop. The ground there had certainly dried a bit which helped, and they all went very pleasingly. I should be running a couple of jumpers this coming week and a few flat horses as well.

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On The Rocks (Abbi) Kheleyf Filly (Dan)

The foals that have been born are all doing very well now as you can see from a couple of pictures below. The minor problems we have had have all been overcome and now it is just a matter of keeping a close eye on mother and child to maintain their progress. We have got several mares in the foaling boxes under camera and I would expect at least one foal over the weekend. We will keep you posted.

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Qilin and her new colt foal by Virtual

Some great racing yesterday as I predicted with plenty of Cheltenham pointers. The build-up to the festival gets bigger every year both here and in Ireland, with all the races and the evening sessions with the experts. Every race is a championship and all owners and trainers aspire to have a runner there if at all possible. A winner is a fantastic bonus. I always think that Royal Ascot is the equivalent on the flat but we don’t seem to give it the acclaim and publicity that Cheltenham gets.

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Topatoo and her new filly foal by Rail Link

It’s the fifth round of the cup today with Phil and Ian starting to get worried as Arsenal are away to Sunderland which looks a tricky tie. My idea of the F.A. Cup winners is Spurs. The Owls are away to their local rivals Chesterfield and need to win today to get back on track, and I am sure that they will by at least three goals. I have got to mention Glasgow Rangers here as I have an owner whose family are fanatical supporters. They are at home to Kilmarnock today and I hope Ibrox is packed to the rafters and they can start the road to recovery.

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Returning from a good canter up the Warren Hill polytrack