The turf season is just around the corner ...

A gentle day after yesterday's workout

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.”



Kathleen Frances and Toptempo enjoying a pick of grass

An overcast but dry morning and very much on the warm side. It feels as though thunderstorms could be brewing up soon.

After yesterday’s work morning we have just done one easy canter and given all the horses a quiet walk home and a pick of grass.


                                                                             Jennifer J                                             

We have two runners today at Carlisle on what is the track’s biggest race day of the year. Barwick runs in the Carlisle Bell at 3.30. He is very much on an upward curve this year and it would be fantastic if could win the oldest race in the Calendar. I have gone close in it a few times over the years and he looks to be one of the best chances I have had of winning it.

Smokey Oakey runs in the next, the Cumberland Plate. He didn’t stay the mile and six last time at York, but he will like the ground today, I think the track will suit him, and he might sneak into a place at very good odds.  On a financial note, it is very sad to see both these races coming down in value although they are still well over tariff.

Like Clockwork runs tonight at Bath in the 6.10. He is not drawn very well at 15 and was quite disappointing last time at Yarmouth where he may not have stayed. This much tighter track might suit and he is not without a chance.


Five Hearts following Dazinski up Warren Hill

It was very sad to read of the death of Campbell Gillies in Cofu yesterday. He was an up and coming young jockey who had ridden a Cheltenham Festival winner this year and had the world at his feet. It is very tragic when these things happen and everyone in Newmarket sends their condolences to his family and friends.


Five Hearts

Our best wishes go to Derek Thompson who, love him or loathe him, does a fantastic job on the racecourse both with his commentating and walk-abouts. He is going into hospital today to have an operation for cancer and will not be on the racetrack for several weeks. We wish him well and a speedy recovery. I am sure we’ll he hearing all his old jokes again before too long.


First lot retuning after a canter and pick of grass