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The horses are all very well

Monday, 13 August 2018

"You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on animals."

Betty White.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s been a mixed weekend weather wise, mainly overcast but not cold. The occasional shower has helped the ground and I think it will continue a bit like this for the rest of the week. We have a full complement of riders in and have had a good morning with the horses showing their wellbeing in all sorts of ways. We have so far avoided having a loose one, whether it is out on the heath or picking grass in the yard.

Malcolm receiving feedback from Louis Steward

Our two runners at Chelmsford at the weekend were very green with Astrosparkle the better of the two. She had a very good blow afterwards and will improve a lot for the experience. Astromerry was a bit fractious beforehand once again and didn’t show much promise for the future. We will be having several runners this week, especially if we get a bit more rain.


Astromajor now aged six

There is a great picture of one of our old inmates above. Astromajor overcame so much after he was born to actually get on the track and run several times. He never troubled the judge but was a real gent in everything he did. He was born with his legs contracted slightly and had to wear splints for months to correct them. This he took with fantastic grace as it couldn’t have been easy and the vets and staff on the stud have very fond memories of him. He retired to a very good home with Janine Palmer who is absolutely delighted with him. There was a funny story when I enquired about how he was after a couple of months. She told me he was still on Newmarket time and asking what she meant she said he was very bright in the mornings, but always slept from 12 to 4 until evening stables then he woke up again.


Rain at last

Friday, 10 August 2018

"Faith makes things possible, not easy."


Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It's an overcast day with a few showers forecast for later. We had a really good downpour yesterday which has certainly helped everything. We have had a good morning with the horses, with a full complement of staff in plus an added jockey. We have had two lots of fast work on the Cambridge Road. Most of the rest have been cantering on Southfields Round.

Velvet Vision

We have no runners today, but have two tomorrow at Chelmsford when Astromerry and Astrosparkle run in the same race, the mile fillies' maiden at 1.30. Both these will be in need of the experience, and the outing will do them good for their future careers.

Garrison Law

A milestone  was reached this week when Jamie Spencer rode himself into the top twenty of the most winning jockeys in the U.K. with 2,069 victories. There were plenty of tributes paid and the 38 year old jockey played down his achievements, but he admitted it was, "...nice to join such an illustrious group". Over 2,000 winners is a huge credit to him but he has a long way to go to catch up Sir Gordon Richards, who even Pat Eddery and Lester couldn't match. Sir Gordon's wins numbered 4,870 between 1921 and 1954. This outstanding total was done without the expansive fixture list we have today, without evening meetings and without a motorway network. It just shows what an amazing achievement this was. and I don't think we shall ever see his like again.

Off to the washdown box

Last week saw a bookmaker produce a list of whom they considered to be the movers and shakers in our industry under 35 years of age. Today in the Post Tom Kerr has done the same. There are plenty of young people in the game and there is opportunity for everybody of any description. All that is needed is a love of racing and of horses and a dedicated work ethic. The world is then their oyster.

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