Horse welfare is paramount ...

A well deserved rest is due

Saturday, 10 March 2012

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

Benjamin Franklin.


Sally Lou and Peter Tritton with James and Cetra Long

  accompanied by Mrs T with Zenarinda

It is a warm sunny morning, and after a busy week all the horses have had one nice easy canter and leisurely walk back home. They are all due to have their booster flu jab at the end of the morning, which we do on a regular basis. They will need a day off tomorrow, which they will all get it with it being a Sunday. We have had plenty of visitors both today and yesterday and Jenko has been busy showing everybody around.


Sean and Kim with Comrade Bond

(one of the syndicate horses)

A new foal was born last night at Dullingham. Sosumi had a chestnut filly by Dutch Art. She was a bit slow to grasp the idea of how to suck, and as a result David and Angie have been up all night milking the mare and feeding the foal from the bottle. It is only this morning that the foal has got the idea, so hopefully both of them can get some rest. The amount of work of this nature that goes on behind the scenes amazing. The attention to detail and dedication of Angie and her staff at Dullingham is unbelievable. It is very much appreciated by me, but especially by the mares and foals.


Eanans Bay (Liam)

It looks like Channel 4 will be getting the prime race meetings of Aintree, Epsom and Royal Ascot from the BBC, as they do not seem to be interested enough in our sport to continue their coverage. I think it will be a good thing, both financially and editorially, for this to happen, and it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.


Theola and her colt foal by Azamour

Theola was formerly in training at Flint Cottage and won the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket before retiring to Swordleston Little Stud in Ireland.

You only have to read page 26 of the Racing Post today to see how the different factions of our industry squabble with one another. Why we can’t all get on always amazes me. I know everybody has a different agenda, especially the bookmakers, but we must all work for a common goal and for the good of racing. I think it is about time we all got our acts together and sorted out the situation that we are in once and for all. A divided industry gets nowhere, one that works together will win the day.


 Heading away up Long Hill