The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

Plenty of visitors to the yard today

Saturday, 03 March 2012

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

Jim Rohn.


Reaching the top of Long Hill

A cloudy and dampish morning with the forecast for a bit of rain today, and then a good dollop tomorrow. Over an inch is forecast which will be very welcome in this drought we are having. Plenty of visitors this morning to see their horses and we have been busy cantering on the hills Bury Side. All has gone well but it would be great to be able to get on the grass, which is at present on the firm side. There were a few trainers reminiscing about the old days in Newmarket, when we didn’t have the artificials and the Heath wasn’t fenced at all. It’s fantastic how we have developed over the last twenty years into such a modern and dynamic training centre. We are constantly updating and bringing new methods into the management and maintenance of the Heath.


Comrade Bond (John) Mystery Star (Lauren)

We were delighted with both the horses yesterday at Doncaster. Smokey jumped his usual immaculate self and was not really at home on the fast ground, but gave three pounds to the first two and had a really good blow afterwards. I will be looking for a handicap in the next two or three weeks which will suit. Ron improved again as we hoped he would, and although he hated the ground stayed on very well to beat a couple of very fancied horses. He will improve again, and what a marvellous hurdler/chaser he will make. Still a big baby, he stands over seventeen hands, and has his whole future ahead of him.


Old Boy Ted, Astroleo, Locum

I left home at 5:30 yesterday, and got to Garrowby in good time to have a close look at all the horses. What I saw absolutely delighted me as the yearlings are really thriving. It is such a quiet calm environment there and they are so relaxed. It is a perfect place to rear horses. The few horses in training that I have there are in great condition, and will be in on the walker on Monday with a view to returning to the yard in April.


Colts relaxing

I always park in the middle of the course at Doncaster, which means I have to walk across both tracks to get to the weighing room. There was very little grass on either track, and I was very disappointed to see that the flat track had a lot of yellow patches and looked in very poor condition. There is only a short time before the Lincoln meeting, and I hope they get some rain and warmth to help the grass as they certainly need it. This flat track is only used for the flat and should be in fantastic condition with plenty of cover, so it’s even more disappointing to see it like this.


Zamindar ex Mega filly - owned by Mystic Meg Ltd

A good footballing weekend with Arsenal playing Liverpool and the match of the weekend, other than the one at Rochdale today, being Manchester United v. Spurs. Great viewing - and we also have the re-arranged Irish-French match in the Six Nations which should be a great spectacle.


Halling ex Azure Mist colt - owned by David Noblett