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

A calm and bright day

Saturday, 12 May 2012

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

Dalai Lama XIV.


First lot returning via The Plantation

It has been another dry night followed by a sunny, breezy morning. Walking across the Heath to watch the horses canter on the Mactrac on Warren Hill you could nearly hear the grass growing. The Heath foreman has got really lucky as the grass covering has improved unbelievably in the last fortnight. This will be a great benefit throughout the summer and thank goodness we have had this amount of rain. A quiet canter with a pick of grass has been the exercise this morning and everybody - both horses and men - seem in good spirits.

12-_My_Guardian_AngelMy Guardian Angel (Rhea)

Comrade Bond ran a sound race yesterday to finish third, although sticking on the rails - which was not the instruction - probably cost him the race. Marvo was flattened wherever he went, and the two days handed out to James Doyle who rode the favourite was pathetic. James has had a great season and the future looks very bright for him but he flattened Marvo. It looked to me like he panicked after he missed a break and was on the favourite. These bans are handed out every day for minor offences but this one deserved a week. A longer ban may have made him think in future. If it had caused a more serious accident and a faller, which it could have done, what would have been said then? We'll just forget the race with Marvo as he never got involved, but he looked very well and there will be another day shortly.

      12_-_Toptempo_Head        12_-_My_Guardian_Angel_-_Head

                                   Toptempo                                                                  My Guardian Angel

At this time of year the racing comes thick and fast. We have just had Chester, the Victoria Cup is run today at Ascot and then the May Meeting is held at York next week, which is always one of my favourite meetings of the year. The mixed card there of Classic Trials and Group Races is a great advertisement for our industry. Hopefully I will be having a runner each day, only in the handicaps, but I would be expecting them to run pretty well.


Battery Power (Butch)

It is the final weekend of the Premiership which will sort out all the winners and losers. What a great year it has been, and what a finish it looks like being. I can just sit back and watch now that The Owls are safely home and watch Phil and Ian squirm as they hope Arsenal hang on to a Champions League place. The Gunners are away to West Brom and, as Phil says, “it’s just the sort of match they are likely to cock up”.

         12_-_Smokey_Oakey_Iain       12-_Cat_island

                        Smokey Oakey (Iain)                                                     Cat Island (Abbi)