A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

A cooler start to the day

Saturday, 31 March 2012

“Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.”
Valencia Mackie.


Frederick Alfred (Wajid)

This morning was the first overcast day for a long time. The temperature has dropped considerably and it is much more like the normal weather for this time of year. We have had a busy week with the horses without any problems and, as I keep saying, I am absolutely delighted with their condition and well-being. We have just been having a normal Saturday morning canter and a gentle walk back.


Marsh Dragon (Nikki)

leading some of the two year olds up the polytrack

The turf flat season goes off with a bang today at Doncaster with the William Hill Lincoln as the centrepiece. Unfortunately I have not got a runner this year as no horse in the yard fitted the bill. It is becoming a very hot race and you need a group class horse to win it. I think we need look no further than the top ten in the handicap, and would think it could come back to Newmarket with at least eight of those in the top ten being from here. I always love The Brocklesby as well, as it is the first two year old race of the season, and I love to see the new two year olds starting out. It’s a great day if you are watching racing on TV as we have also got the World Cup meeting from Meydan. There may have to be a bit of chopping and changing between channels though, as they seem to be showing coverage on every channel at varying times. I would like to see So You Think win the World Cup for all his breeding connections in New Zealand. I know if they are not there in person there will be a lot of “tinnies” drunk back at home.

       31-_Marvo_Steve        31-_The_Guvnor_Marvo_Steve

                              Marvo (Steve)                                            The Guv'nor with Marvo and Steve

Marvo won at Lingfield on Monday

It’s the last day of riding for Richard Hills - a stable jockey to Sheikh Hamdan – who retires today after a great career. He will enjoy taking it a bit easier, but if I know Richard it won’t be long before he is into everything. He is still only very young at forty-nine and has got so much to offer the industry yet. Everybody at Flint Cottage wishes him a happy retirement, but I am sure that is the wrong word.


Ryan putting some new numbers on the rug rack in the yard

Before we sit down to watch all the racing, we’ve got the number one delight of the day; The Owls are at home to Preston live on Sky Sports. Kick off is at 12:45. It looks a four or five niller to me, and we can keep pressing on for an automatic promotion place.