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Some good, fast work before The Guineas Sales

Friday, 04 May 2012

"You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not please all of the people all of the time."

Abraham Lincoln.


The Guv'nor with Eddie Ahern, Darryl Holland and Conrad Lockey

It is much colder this morning and damp too, in fact the cold goes right through you. The forecast is now for more rain and showers throughout May, and they are even talking of snow in Scotland. We had a good start with first lot when we met up with Eddie Ahern and Darryll Holland to work on the Al Bahathri over seven and a half furlongs. I had both my Chester Cup entries out – Mystery Star and Dazinski – who did their final bit of work before the big day next Wednesday. I couldn’t have been more pleased with either of the horses, as they both showed their well-being and fitness. I just hope the ground can dry up a bit and we get some luck with the draw, which is very important on The Roodeye.  Second lot are on their way as I dictate this to go and do some faster work on Long Hill polytrack.


 (L-R) Astroscarlet (Lauren) Cat Island (Abbi) Red Hermes (Nikki)

More information about Red Hermes can be seen on our For Sale page

We shall not be having any runners at the Guineas meeting as there are very few suitable races for our horses. Our next runner will be on Monday and, as I always say, once the Guineas is over there is much more opportunity and racing for everybody. We have got Chester coming up and then York the following week which is always one of my favourite meetings of the year. After these meetings everybody will have a good view on the next classics, as many classic trials are run then - York especially has the Dante and the Musidora, which often throw up the winner of the Derby and Oaks.

4-_Dazinski_Darryl_Smokey_Oakey_Ianin (L-R) Dazinski (Darryll Holland) Smokey Oakey (Iain)

It is the Guineas Breeze Up Sale today, and it will be fascinating to see if there are any buyers left after the round of sales we have recently had. This is a mixed sale for the first time with horses in training sold before the two-year-olds. It may encourage a few overseas buyers but it will be interesting to find out.


(L-R) Kathleen Frances (Rhea) Joe The Coat (Robbie)

I often go on about getting a bad draw and how it can affect a horse’s chances. It is one of the things owners tend to find very hard to understand until they have experienced it several times. Even on a flat, straight course it is often a big disadvantage to be drawn one side or the other. We will see it many times at Chester next week, and I am sure it will play its part at Newmarket as well. I see Aidan O’Brien has drawn stall one for his horse in the Kentucky Derby at the weekend, which is a major setback. I think it’s a long way to go to be drawn badly at Windsor, never mind going all the way to America. I hope they get lucky.


(L-R) Mystery Star (Eddie Ahern) Star Commander (Harry)