Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A bright and busy start with plenty of visitors

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”

Oscar Wilde.


Second lot cantering up Warren hill turf

It is another very clear morning with plenty of blue sky. Although it was quite sharp first thing it will undoubtedly get much warmer as the day goes on. We have had a couple of good lots out already and everything has gone well so far. There are plenty of visitors arriving to see their horses canter and it is amazing how quickly this time of year goes. Although it is a short month February always seems to fly by.

      25-_Astromancers_foal       25-_Seasonal_Blossoms_foal

      Astromancer's colt by Royal Applause         Seasonal Blossom's colt by Medicean

We had three foals within 24 hours yesterday; the two that I told you about, Seasonal Blossom and Astromancer’s colts, then late yesterday afternoon Optimistic gave birth to a full sister to Ravin Black by Halling. Both mother and daughter are doing well and we shall have photos of her on Monday. We have only got Dulcie to foal in the next few days and then there will be about a week before the next bunch come into the foaling boxes.


 I see Richard Hughes has been banned again, this time while out in India, under an unbelievable rule that says a jockey has to ride to the instructions given by connections. It says that to help enforce the rule stipendiary stewards stand with trainers and jockeys when instructions are being given. There is no chance of plan B then! What a rule.


The Guv'nor with Pat Swayne and his wife Mali

This is a great sporting weekend with Arsenal playing Tottenham – a real grudge match - the Six Nations rugby continuing today with England at home to Wales, and the game of the year taking place tomorrow at Hillsborough when the Owls take on the Blades. Hopefully I can bring the Owls good luck as the last few times I have been there in person we have won. I am sure the atmosphere will be unbelievable.


The Guv'nor talking to Steve as the sting return home