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A warm but misty morning

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
Maurice Switzer.


First lot emerging from The Plantation

It is an overcast morning but still dry, and after yesterday’s work morning we have had a relatively easy canter and a good pick of grass with most of the horses. It looks like we will be having a very busy time for the next few days with runners. Horses will be going in every direction, as well as having to get a mare or two covered, so it will be all hands to the pump with the drivers and staff.


Cotton Grass (Iain)

One runner today at Lingfield - Marvo runs again in what is now a three-runner race with number two being a non-runner. It looks like a straightforward match between Alan Bailey’s horse and ours. The ground on the turf track has dried up and is now good to firm which has never suited Marvo, but I can’t really see him getting beaten today, although you can never be a 100% sure.



We were going to have two runners yesterday, but when we got to Towcester and walked the track we decided to take Smokey Oakey out as it was very good to firm rather than good. In fact, there was no good in it at all. Our other runner – Joe The Coat - was not drawn very well and could never quite get into the right position. He was always being pushed wide but finished fifth nevertheless and should now be handicapped reasonably. When he strengthens a little more and goes over a bit farther it should be possible for him to win a race or two.


Battery Power (John)

There has been a Sheikh Mohammed week in the Racing Post and it’s been most interesting reading, especially today with the article on his breeding side. He has studs all over the world and nearly 900 brood mares. His empire has grown tremendously since his first purchase of Dalham Hall Stud in the early 1980s, and the addition of many more studs in close proximity has made the Darley brand the biggest in the world. He stands so many good stallions worldwide and gets great enjoyment out of their success, not only from his own but people who use his stallions as well. He has had over sixty Group One winners already and many more to come in the future. Newmarket - both racing and breeding - would be in a very poor shape if it wasn’t for the Sheikh's enthusiasm in all things equine. Long may it continue.


The Guv'nor with Astrogold (Nikki)

My Guardian Angel ran a cracking race as you know at Redcar in Monday, and this is just a gentle reminder that he is up on our syndication page. He is highly recommended to give people some instant fun for not a lot of money. Have a look at the section, and if you are interested get in touch with Jenko at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Eanans Bay (Iain)

We have already found a home for Cat Island with the daughter of one of my long standing owners. She will now be going into the show ring in the future. It’s always great when we can find such good homes for our horses, and if they are not up to winning races we love it when they find another career. I am sure it won’t be long before we have pictures on our “where are they now section” of her standing there with a red rosette.


The string heading for home