Clearance runs at Lingfield followed by Velvet Vision at Newcastle ....

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We have two runners going out today

Friday, 16 February 2018

"Though the barriers of life seem formidable, we find when we challenge them that they have no will."

Robert Brault.

Garrison Law

It’s a bright, cold morning with a ground frost, but at least it’s dry and much better weather to work in. It has been a hectic morning, after a hectic night and I will explain all the goings on below. First lot worked on the Cambridge Road, which went well, and the rest of the string have been doing good healthy work on the tracks close to home.


Our runner last night ran with credit, but I only got there to watch it by the skin of my teeth. There was a shunt on the M11 and five fire engines and three police cars later, plus sitting still for an hour and a half, I managed to get by the three car accident. I don’t know why we always seem to panic in England and take forever to clear these incidents away as everywhere else they just drag them off the road and then sort it out. Its health and safety gone mad! I eventually got to Chelmsford and Gee Sixty Six ran much better to come third, in fact the blinkers worked well and we may go back in trip in future.

We now only have two runners today as Ginger Lady knocked her eye very badly last night in her box. She must have been rolling about and caught it on the wall. She has had to be withdrawn which is unfortunate as I thought she had a good chance. Clearance is our only runner at Lingfield in the two mile race at 2 o’clock. He has always threatened to show what he can do on the track and I am sure he stays well enough. Let’s hope today he can get in a rhythm and start to earn his corn. Our other runner, Velvet Vision, is at Newcastle tonight in the 8.15. She is the second foal of Battery Power by Nathaniel. There is a great story to tell about this filly and I will do that once she has performed on the track. This is the only mile maiden for fillies for the next month or so, which to my mind is absolutely bonkers.  The BHA, in their wisdom, want the novice events to be full and the only way they feel they can do it is by letting colts and fillies take each other on. I have always liked this filly at home and she has shown me plenty, but this race looks pretty warm and I am just hopeful she can have a nice introduction and maybe run into a place.

We have one runner on Saturday where Four Fifty Three runs at Lingfield in the 4.40. He has been very consistent before a minor problem stopped him. He has now been cut and has been working well for the past fortnight. Drawn quite wide once again, which never helps, this run will put him cherry ripe and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the frame.

Rum Ration

It was fun and games coming back from Chelmsford last night, and don’t forget I had a nightmare journey getting there as well. I had just got on the main road to Stansted on the M11 when there was a load bang and the car started to swerve all over the road. Luckily I managed to keep it under control and get into a layby. The AA was very good but it was another two hours before they got me on the back of a truck and delivered the car to our local garage. It was one of the springs on the near fore which snapped and then went into the tyre. When it happens, it happens. It was no fun for Angie either as she had been sitting up for two nights and wanted to have some sleep, but she came to collect me from the garage well after 12 o’clock. Just to show you how hard trainers work as well, I was up at 4.15 helping Tim to feed as he was leaving early to go to Newcastle. There is never a dull day.

Astroblaze ready for third lot

Tom Kerr’s piece in the Racing Post today deserves a comment and it just shows how changed our society is by social media. Everybody is pushed towards having social media accounts, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat or whatever, but with these modern inventions the abuse that can be directed at people can be very distressing for the receiver. I know jockeys get plenty of it and we have had disgruntled punters sending in abusive messages to our website. The abusers can hide behind their pseudonyms and are complete strangers to the recipients. I have never been on Twitter and never will be and I think that the sooner the government can bring in laws to control the amount of abuse and hatred which is being sent out by very sick individuals, the better.

Phil On Friday


Phil is still incapacitated but hopefully will be back soon.


We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 15 February 2018

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."


True Calling

Velvet Voice

It’s a bright, dry morning after what can only be described as a wet and wild night. It absolutely lashed it down once again and both the yard and the stud are running in water. I just don’t know when it will ever stop. At least today there is none so far. Everybody is in and cantering on the polytracks. All has gone well so far.


We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 9 o’clock, the one mile five furlong handicap. I have fitted blinkers just to help him concentrate. He ran much better last time at Kempton and in this sort of race, if he puts his best foot forward, he can certainly get involved. I have been dying to run him over hurdles but the ground is so awful everywhere that I will be waiting until the spring to do that. It has been pretty hard watching lately as the heavy ground has made for some very tired horses and we need to be careful not to race too much on this very bad ground.

Exercise over and back to the yard

We always find good homes for our horses when they retire, as you can see by having a look at our ‘where are they now’ section on this site, and they go on to have long happy lives doing a variety of different equine disciplines. One of our old horses was Westminster who had a marvellous life and his owners, Emma and Cheryl, have just let us know that he has died at the age of 26. He gave his owners plenty of fun when he was a racehorse and he continued to give so much pleasure right up to the end. Horses are fantastic creatures, the best animal in the world and it is always sad to lose them, but you have all the memories to remember them by.


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