Velvet Voice runs at Wolverhampton ....

Derby day

Saturday, 05 June 2010
''The Derby is a national day out for aristocrats and artisans, gypsies and generals, viscounts and villains.''


MHT sorting everyone into their groups

''You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow through.''

- Rosalynn Carter


Ted Spread carries the hopes and expectations of us all this afternoon

It looks like being a very warm day with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. The horses are having one good canter up Long Hill and a nice pick of grass on the way home. Ted Spread left just before 6 o'clock, so that he can travel down in the cool of the morning and then have plenty of time to settle down and relax before all the hullabaloo of Derby day begins. I believe that they were planning to water the straight last night, which should freshen up the ground but, I don't suppose, that there will be much left by 4 o'clock but it will be the same for everyone. Let us hope for a lot of luck and a good run, I know everybody involved is getting great enjoyment from us having a runner in the Derby and that is what it is all about.


Forgotten Army and Power of Dreams

Another exciting thing to tell everybody is that Clare has announced her engagement to Giles, Angie and I are delighted, as I know so many of you will be. Clare was the instigator of this website and it is all down to her how it evolved and how it became an award winning website with over 40,000 visitors a month. I am sure she is missing the mayhem of daily life at Flint Cottage, now she has swopped it for the tranquil setting of a Leicestershire village!


Omokoroa and Red Barcelona

Thank you for all the messages of good luck for today and they are very much appreciated. Let us hope that we can make it a double for Newmarket after yesterday's win for Snow Fairy, who believe it or not, cost 1800 euros at Tattersalls Fairyhouse December flat sale. That just goes to show you that there is no logic sometimes to this fantastic game of ours, just plenty of luck needed.


Cornish Beau and Akula


Izzett, Toparichi and Dictate