Horse welfare is paramount ...

Another lovely hot day

Friday, 25 May 2012

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Benjamin Franklin.


Toptempo (Nikki) with Astrosapphire (Hannah)

A very warm morning after a very hot night. The horses only had light sheets on in their boxes over night as the temperature was not going to drop to a mark whereby big rugs would be needed. It was a pretty hectic day yesterday, with going to Goodwood and then on to Salisbury. I was back pretty late but it always helps when you have had a winner. Today we have runners at a couple of meetings and we are at three different places tomorrow. The yard has had another easy  morning with just the one canter which has so far gone without a hitch .

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Joe The Coat enjoying the sun in the back paddock

We have three runners today. Kathleen Frances runs at Goodwood in the mile and a half handicap at 4:55. She is a course and distance winner, all be it on soft ground, and todays ground will be on the fast side. She had a good introduction at Windsor when she ran well to be fourth; she certainly needed that run and had a good blow afterwards. I am sure she will run a sound race today, but would have loved the ground to be a bit easier. Our two runners in the last race at Yarmouth at 6:15 are Cotton Grass and Old Boy Ted. Cotton Grass is another course and distance winner and shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the ground which will be on the fast side once again. I hope she can run a big race. Old Boy Ted is a big, strong, horse who has taken time to grow in to his frame and has had a long break. We have been happy with how he has been going of late and this race should put him spot on.

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All of our runners yesterday performed with credit considering the ground conditions. Astromagick won very well at Goodwood and looks to be a really progressive type. She is an absolute smasher, only small, but tries her heart out and should continue to improve. She was an orphan foal and was raised by a foster mother, she has always had a very kind nature. Her mother won a Group 3 and as this first foal has shown, was a very sad loss for Mystic Meg as a brood mare prospect. However, let’s hope Astromagick can make up for it.

Astrogold ran well at Haydock to be fourth. She could never get any cover from an outside draw and was a bit awkward throughout the race. She kept on well in the straight though and another run will get her a handicap mark and teach her more. Battery Power hated the ground and was never going to let herself down. The same thing happened to Blimey O’Riley at Salisbury who again travelled well, but once asked for the effort wouldn’t let himself down on the fast ground. Jennifer J ran a sound race to be fifth, but she needs more of a galloping track as this funny switch-back course and round the loop was a stop-go sort of race. As a result she could never get into any sort of rhythm. I am sure she will be winning races on a different track soon.


The Guv'nor and Barry Cook

Putting their best foot forward this morning

Everybody at Flint Cottage wishes Henrietta Knight and Terry Biddecombe a very happy retirement. I am not sure if retirement is the right word for it but, they are certainly stopping full time training. They will now just prepare some youngsters before they go into training. What a team they have been, Best Mate being the highlight winning the Gold Cup on three consecutive occasions. Great attention to detail and a love of horses has always shone through. They are a great example of how to conduct yourself in every situation and have given young trainers something to aim at. Good luck and health in their retirement.



NAG wishes he was playing at Trent Bridge today