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The all-weathers have been the gallops of choice

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

"Fearing to lose what you have is not the same as appreciation. You have to take a step beyond that."

Terri Guillemets.

Belle Bayeux

It’s a cold morning with a good breeze which means there is no fog. It is forecast to get colder for the next few days before warming up again at the weekend and next week. We have had very little rain and are desperate for a few days of it. I am not sure when that will happen though. We have the normal amount of staff in today, so both the horses and yard are ticking over well. With the ground on the fast side, we have kept on the all-weathers once again this morning.

Isaac Murphy

Now that the Grand National meeting is over the papers will start the build up to the first Classic, with trials on most weeks from now on. Hopefully we will have a runner in the 1000 Guineas this year and I think we could possible go straight to the race. In the past when I have had Classic runners that is the pathway I have usually taken. Although we have not had that many over the years, the ones we have run have not disgraced themselves.

Bracken Brae with her Garswood colt foal

Bracken Brae had a strong colt foal yesterday by Garswood. It was her first and he took a bit of foaling, but David was once again on the case and the mare delivered a very nice foal. It was up pretty quickly and soon on suck. It is amazing how much he does drink - he is one of the best ones we have ever had drinking off the mare. She has been an absolutely brilliant mother as it is all new to her, but it seems to come very naturally.

Roof Garden walking back to the yard

I see there were some trainers and jockeys who had their cars broken into at the Aintree meeting, which, I think, happened when parked in their designated car park. I believe this has occurred once or twice before over the years. It is disappointing when this sort of thing goes ahead and takes the shine off the day for the people concerned when coming back to their cars. With all the money that Aintree make they ought to invest in more security, whether it be stewards on duty in the park, or proper good CCTV.


We had another foal over the weekend

Monday, 08 April 2019

"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority."

William Arthur Ward.

Velvet Vision leading Velvet Vista and Isaac Murphy

It’s a damp, foggy, cold, morning and has taken a long time to start to clear - in fact there has been very little difference for the last few hours. Rain is forecast and I think this month we are going to have typical April weather with plenty of showers.  We have had a normal Monday morning with the horses and everything is ticking over well. It will be a quiet week runners wise as there is very little for our horses, in fact there is very little for anybody’s horses, at this time of year, but once May comes round it will suddenly kick into full on racing mode.

Walking back home

Our Grand National competition went right to the wire with both of us not doing brilliantly well on the last day, although Richard just napped it with his double points in the last race. As the old saying goes ‘it’s not over until the fat lady sings’ is certainly right in this instance. Well done Richard, but we both finished minus which really is not good enough and we must put a note to do better next time at Royal Ascot. Great fun though and a marvellous meeting finishing with a tremendous Grand National and a fantastic horse. Tiger Roll has really started to get racing back on the front pages, where it should be, and for the right reasons.

Trew Class saying hello to her Garswood colt foal

We had one foal over the weekend with Trew Class having a chesnut colt by Garswood. This mare has a problem in that you can’t let the foal suck from the mare for 24 hours and you have to feed it from a bottle until the colostrum is down to the right level. It is very time consuming and tiring for everybody concerned, but this year’s foal was absolutely brilliant from the first bottle and was soon back on the mare when allowed to. We should be having another foal in the next 48 hours as Bracken Brae is fit to bursting. We also have Lost The Moon who is now overdue but showing no real signs and maybe a week at least yet. There is no hurrying nature.

Astromagick visiting Cheveley just before being covered by Ulysses


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