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A frosty start but, the sun is shining

Monday, 16 April 2012

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
 George Bernard Shaw.

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Coming up the Warren Hill polytrack

A frosty start to the week, with the ground covered in white stuff until around nine o’clock when the sun finally got enough power to burn it off. It is a lovely morning now but I think it will be the lull before the storm as the forecast is for it to be a very showery and wet week, absolutely lovely. We have had two lots out already, they have been cantering up Warren Hill polytrack. Everything is moving well and all are improving for their work and runs.

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My Guardian Angel (Robbie) bringing up Chankillo (Lee)

We have one runner today at Windsor – Star Commander runs in the last race at 5:30. He has been cut since last year and has been pleasing me in his early season work. We have top weight in this contest but the bottom weight is only ten pounds below what we are carrying, so it is tight little handicap. He is drawn relatively well and if they don’t play silly b*****s around this figure of eight course he should run reasonably well. All our runners have so far performed with credit, and I am hoping for similar from the ones we have out during this week.

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Like Clockwork (John) leads Battery Power (Butch)

A very exciting finish to the Grand National with a short head between the first two - one of the best finishes for a very long time. However it was marred by the hysterical press on all fronts who have written and talked about the two fatalities which happened during the race. We have a free press in this country and long may it last, but the facts are that racehorses are the best looked after animals in the world and are doing what they want to – you cannot make any animal do anything it doesn’t want to. Sometimes accidents can happen, whether it is walking along a road or jumping fences.

We had to have a lovely horse put down last year. He was just walking round the indoor school when he put his foot down wrong and broke his leg. Accidents happen, and  at Aintree the governing bodies have done a tremendous job with the course and the ground. Now they need to get the right people explaining to the general public, in language they can understand, about these things.

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Astroscarlet in front of Red Hermes and Zenarinda

It was a busy weekend on the stud with both Trew Class and Twelfth Night having foals. They both foaled on the 14th, one at lunch time and one in the late evening. They are two very nice filly foals by Authorized and Halling respectively. Both mothers and daughters are now happy and contented. Only one more to go now and Tenpence is due any time. Then we are finished foaling for another year. The staff who sit up every night all through this period will be delighted as they can get their lives back to normality. They do a tremendous job and are really on the ball at all times.

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Ch/f foal by Halling ex Twelfth Night

The Guvnor got among the winners with a treble on the last day of our Aintree tipping competition but overall, with a loss on the meeting of £28.57, Phil took the honours. The Guvnor's final figure was minus £97.88.

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Toptempo (Nikki) Lady Bellatrix (Hannah)

We have been doing a video of our farrier “Zac” putting a shoe on a horse and explaining the procedure. We will have five individual videos showing various stages of the process during the week. The big question is, why does The Guv’nor call the farrier Zac when his name is Jess? E-mails to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .