Horse welfare is paramount ...

At last the rain arrives

Monday, 09 April 2012

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
Woodrow Wilson.

9-_The_Guvnor_watching_2nd_lotThe Guv'nor watching second lot up Warren Hill

At last some proper rain has arrived and after a showery day yesterday we have got a good steady stream of it this morning. Even the Heath foreman has seen sense and shut the special gallops which will save them from being cut up. We have got a few runners today and tomorrow so the yard was very busy before first lot with the horses going off to Yarmouth. There is always plenty of activity that goes on behind the scenes, and we try to be very well organised. Staff need informing that they are going the day before, colours, passports, tack, sponsorship jackets, rugs all need sorting as well as making sure the box is full of diesel. Iain and David make it look easy, but it’s all down to organisation,  we try to make it as slick as possible.


Like Clockwork (Robbie) leading up Lady Bellatrix (Lauren)

The horses have been out and both lots cantered on Bury Side. I nearly went on the grass but, I think today’s rain will put it spot on for tomorrow, when I can hopefully do some fast work across  The Flat gallop on Racecourse Side. All the polytracks are still in great shape and we have been using these this morning.

       9-_Blimey_ORiley_Nikki_Kathleen_Francis_Hanah       9-_Cat_Island_Wajid_Red_Hermes_Emma

    (L) Kathleen Francis (R) Blimey O'Riley              (L) Red Hermes (R) Cat Island

We have three runners today at Yarmouth starting off with Barwick, who is in the mile handicap at 3:00. He is still lightly raced and learning all the time. I ran him over a slightly further distance last year but he was certainly one of those that was pretty ill. We are back in trip today, and on ground which is a little bit unknown but, he could run well at a big price. Joe The Coat runs in the mile and two maiden at 4:45. This doesn’t look a bad heat and he will benefit greatly from today's run. Hopefully he won’t be disgraced and I think he will only improve for it. Finally, Chankillo runs in the 5:55, if we are still awake I hope he can run with credit. It is Chankillo’s first real effort on the turf and ground, and I expect the Mark Johnson Manduro filly to be hot favourite following her runaway win last week. He should stay well, and I am hopeful of a reasonable run.


Dazinski (Steve) brings up Astromagick and Star Commander

We had another foal last night at Dullingham. There has been a bit of a gap between our last one and this but, Nice Time had a smashing colt by Pastoral Pursuits at around 9:30 last night. Both mother and son are doing well, and as this is her second foal she knows what she is doing this time. The photo below was taken just ten minutes after he was born. We have got four left to foal and maybe one or two of those will be this week. I will keep you posted.


Colt by Pastoral Pursuits ex Nice Time at just 10 minutes old

There is not a lot to talk about in the Racing Post today, but the build up to the Grand National is really getting into full swing, and there will be blanket coverage all week. Hopefully we will have a runner on the day, as we have entered Akula to run in the race immediately after the big one. The only item to comment on is the Musselburgh incident, where the two horses came close in the sprint, and one was disqualified for taking the other across the course. This would be reversed - as the distance was only a short head - if the distance had been any more it would not have been. Those of you who remember Babodana loosing a good race at Newmarket will know what I mean.


The cat pondering his reflection