Onwards and upwards ...

Good Bye Smokey

Thursday, 06 December 2018

"You can find inspiration from others but determination is solely your responsibility."


Working yesterday on the Cambridge Road Polytrack

It’s grey and overcast but very mild once again. There is no rain as yet but there is plenty forecast for later in the day. Just a normal cantering morning with the horses and all is going as expected so far.

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Casamento ex Lady Bellatrix and Garswood ex Mega on the yearling grounds

Our two runners yesterday didn’t trouble the judge but Pageant Master ran a sound enough race. He got a bit unbalanced coming down the hill but ran on well in the straight once he was balanced again. He will get a mile and I would think that will be the distance for his next outing. Ness Of Brodgar had every chance but failed to quicken when asked. We will be having a reassessment and a veterinary check over before making new plans. She has got plenty of ability, as we see at home, but when the real pressure is on there may be something that just stops her. I am sure we will find something that we can put right.

In the wash down box after exercise

I see the new Sky Racing Channel has launched with all the usual faces, apart from Alex Hammond who used to be on the racing channel coming back to the fore. I hope they concentrate more on the horses rather than the betting side but it will be interesting to see how it evolves. I am delighted to see they have Jason Weaver, who is by far the best analyser. He talks sense and not rubbish.

Smokey Oakey winning the Lincoln

It is a very sad day as I have to let everybody know that Smokey Oakey, one of our Lincoln winners and Brigadier Gerard winner, very sadly had to be put down after an accident in his stable. He had been retired to a fantastic place where he was doing so much good for Riding for the Disabled and was loved by everybody. I would like to thank Sally O’Neill and her daughter, who regularly rode him, for all the love and care they gave him. He was a brilliant horse for Judi Dench and Bryan Agar. He won for them as a two-year-old and then went on to win some very prestigious races. He also got his head in front over hurdles. He was one of those horses that everybody loved and he will be very sadly missed. Just a very funny aside about him though. He got loose once when schooling on the Links and ran loose down the Cambridge Road, up Newmarket High Street to the Clock Tower. He then turned left down the Fordham Road and was eventually caught at Tesco’s where he thought he was going for a pint of Guinness. He didn’t have a scratch on him and I think he quite enjoyed the outing, although he put the fear of God up many motorists and pedestrians. He was just a proper horse.