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A much fresher morning

Saturday, 03 July 2010


                    Some of Theola's owners sharing a quiet moment with her

''Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.''

                                                                 - Samuel Johnson




                                         Walking up the drive to the stud

A much fresher morning, thank goodness; that muggy closeness has gone, which makes the horses sweat both at work and at rest and a slight breeze has made it a delight to be out on the Heath this morning. A nice canter and a pick of grass was the order of the day and, as usual, last night everybody had a swim before bed. It is amazing just how many horses we can swim in just over two hours with the organised conveyor belt of staff and the Guv'nor in full control. It gets done with the minimum of fuss.


                           Tina explaining how she breaks in the yearlings

No runners today as the ground is still very firm everywhere and no amount of watering can take the jar completely out of the ground. The long range forecast does not look hopeful for the foreseeable future, so we shall just have to keep everything ticking over until such time as it does pour down.


                                      Tina letting the kids pat Blimey O'Riley

We went to Garrowby on Thursday, where Lord and Lady Halifax had kindly organised a day for the local schools to visit the estate to let them see firsthand the workings of the estate and the countryside. This is a bi-annual event and, I think, approximately ten different schools attended. It is such a good idea to get young children educated to the ways of the countryside and animals, as so many of them, nowadays, do not have the opportunity. They absolutely loved the mares and foals, horses on the horsewalker, putting on the racing colours and being able to stroke a racehorse. Plenty of questions were encouraged and asked and, I am sure, that they got plenty out of the whole day. They also had demonstrations about forestry management, the conservation of animals and there were plenty of dogs to pat.


                                                             Stroking mares and foals


                                                 Alan explaining the breeding process


                                                       Aslam getting the kids closer

Some things to mention today: Jenko has organized the Ashley village fete. He moved to Ashley a few years ago from the city and has quickly taken over the running of the whole village. For those of you who know Milton (long term owner of MHTs), he has arranged for the Caribbean legends, Owen Grey and Eddie Tantan Thornton to perform and Milton has said he will do his famous dance routine. I am sure it will be a great day, it starts at 2.00 pm and is in aid of some very good charities. Ashley is situated approximately 4 miles south-east of Newmarket.


                                      Ted Spread's half brother by Act One

Two great World Cup quarter finals yesterday with the Dutch, showing how it should be done with good tactics from both players and manager and showing plenty of grit. Ghana were the unlucky side and another rule should be looked at: what happens if it is a hand ball right on the line. Should a penalty goal be given rather than a penalty kick? Penalty tries are given in rugby and I feel that they should seriously look at this rule. Finally, I see that Sheffield Wednesday are starting to take next season seriously, as they have just signed a player on a free transfer from Motherwell! I cannot wait.