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Ladies Day

Thursday, 10 May 2018

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

Ralph Waldo.


Pageant Master and back in the yard below


It was a wet start to the morning, with drizzle dampening down the dust, but as we write this, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. The temperature is a lot cooler than yesterday though and the next few days are forecast to be overcast with sunny intervals and light rain at the weekend. We have been schooling today with a couple of horses and all has gone well. The remainder have been on the polytracks close to home.



I’m not sure what the crisis at the BHA is all about, but it looks like the chairman is coming under huge pressure from other members of the board. As usual in these matters the ordinary person will be kept in the dark until the fighting is over. It looks to me as if it is all to do with the two different Tote systems which will be in opposition this summer. With finances the main driver of our industry we must be a unified force, all moving in the same direction, with the same aim, rather than be fighting against one another. It will be interesting to see how it all develops.


The yard in full swing

For those of you who got to see the first days racing at Chester I don’t think we saw too many surprises. As mentioned yesterday, the draw plays a very big part and all the winners came from the middle of the track or lower. The Cheshire Oaks was won for the sixth time by Aidan O’Brien but have we seen an Epsom horse? Today is ladies day which is always a spectacle to see, it also brings in a huge crowd. Chester really knows how to look after their visitors, which is why people return year after year.


Happy Birthday Mike

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

"Taste just a sliver of courage and it's hard to go back to fear."

Terri Guillemets.



Garrison Law

It’s another beautiful blue sky morning with bright sunshine, a light breeze and lovely temperature. It’s not supposed to be as hot today but it has certainly got off to a good start. We are using the polytracks on Racecourse Side this morning giving the horses a good canter then back to the yard for a cooling wash down. All has gone well.


Tim's happy with the horses

Police are now seeking witnesses for the appalling behaviour at Goodwood racecourse on Saturday when a number of yobs, fuelled by alcohol and sun, started a brawl. There has been a lot of criticism from racegoers regarding the lack of visible security. Apparently, according to general manager Alex Eade, there were plenty, but they were in suits to be a bit more unobtrusive. This obviously had the reverse effect. Things have to be learnt from this because genuine racing enthusiasts who take their family for a day out will be put off completely.


(L to R) Astrofire, Ness of Brodgar, True Calling & Velvet Voice

Chester will be hosting its first meeting of the year this week. It’s over three days starting today and going through until Friday. It is a fantastic meeting with the Cheshire Oaks, Chester Vase, culminating with the Chester Cup. The draw will play a huge part as the track is on a constant bend. If you are out wide you will definitely have a disadvantage. However, it is the most wonderful track and if you have never been before it must be one that you should try to attend.



Everyone at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park wish Mike Bowring a very happy birthday today. Mike, who has been with me since I started, has always been the most staunch and loyal owner and friend. Over the years he has had too many winners to name them all but they include the likes of Overpower, Topatori, Babodana, Topatoo and most recently Topapinion. Happy Birthday Mike and many more to come.


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