Onwards and upwards ...

We had our first foal of the season

Monday, 28 January 2019

"A true friend reaches for your hand and touches you heart."

Attributed to Heather Pryor.

Cantering up Warren Hill yesterday

It’s a bright, cold morning and for a short while the wind has died down as last night it was very strong. They are forecasting a covering of snow this week almost anywhere but it is to be expected as it is still January and as yet we have had very little. All the riders are in this morning but we have one non-runner on the yard team, which is disappointing. We are getting on well and are now on our third lot who have been doing a spin round Southfields Round polytrack.

Pageant Master

Astrosparkle ran a reasonable race at Lingfield on Friday. She behaved well and will be having another run mid-February and is capable of troubling the judge once handicapped and in the right grade. Velvet Voice was once again slowly away and never got into the contest. We will just give her one more run over hurdles, which will decide which way we go with her. She has got the ability but doesn’t seem to want to show it. It doesn’t look like we will be having any runners this week which means we will be able to concentrate on a lot of other jobs that need doing in the yard.

Astrosecret and her Garswood filly foal

We had our first foal of the season on Saturday night just as I got back from Chelmsford. I was in time to see a filly foal born to maiden mare Astrosecret. She is a good size first foal, chesnut with a nice white blaze. She is more like Dutch Art than the sire Garswood. She was soon up and sucking and although we had a slight hiccup in the early hours, mother and daughter are now doing well. Astrosecret is a brilliant mother and absolutely loves her foal. You always have to watch these maiden mares but with her it was a completely natural instinct.

Up on her feet

The headlines in the Racing Post this morning just confirm what I have been saying to you, for several years now, that the majority of the BHA has absolutely no idea about horses and all they do it cause big problems for our sport. Nick Rust is a good strong man who has done plenty and continues to strive for the industry, but under him we have so many who know nothing about the workings and every day systems that go on into racing. How waving your arms behind a horse can cause anybody a problem is beyond me and the trainer who got fined £140 should be given a full apology and a bonus. I see the majority of trainers, including the bigger names, are coming out in support but once again don’t hold your breath that there will be an apology. The sooner we get proper people working at the BHA the better, but it will not happen if they have their base in London away from anything that goes on. I have always said a base in Newmarket would be the ideal place where you could actually get people who understand horses working there.