The horses are looking brilliant ...


It''s been a good morning

Monday, 18 March 2019

"What is told in the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away."

Chinese Proverb.

Cantering on Racecourse Side

It’s a bright morning but the temperature is a bit on the low side and I think that is the way it is going to be for the whole week. There is very little rain forecast and high pressure is set to hang around for a few days. We have one non-runner in the yard and one non-runner on the riding front, which is a bit disappointing, but this is quite normal for a Monday morning. Everybody else has been pulling together and the horses have been going in every direction to a variety of different canters. First lot went over to Warren Hill and second and third lots have been up the Farm Canter and down New Ground. All has gone well so far.

Roof Garden leading Microclimate

At least Velvet Voice got round on Friday where she jumped well enough and certainly settled, which was the plan. She will need to do that a couple more times just to get her confidence and learn to breathe in a good rhythm. She was a long way back but I wouldn’t take that as a measure of her ability as she will improve with racing and fitness. She is only now starting to get her act together but I think in time she is a filly that will jump a fence as well.

Garrel Glen with Velvet Vista

I am pleased that the amateur rider that got banned at Cheltenham is going to appeal his suspension and has got the backing of all the big names in our sport. The BHA has got to get themselves in a different mind-set, or a completely new set of employees who know how racing works in England. There may be one or two well-meaning executives, but they really don’t understand how the industry works from the bottom up and when you employ Australians and not British people, it makes it even worse. It’s not that they are not good at what they do, it is just that they don’t appreciate how it works in this country compared to their homeland. As for the welfare of horses they are the best looked after animals in the world and I cannot see a welfare issue in the slightest. If we have to pamper to politicians, who could never run a business of their own or understand how hard it is to survive in the world, it is a poor deal. When Nick Rust on Luck on Sunday was trying to tell us that some office blocks in London didn’t have milk in their fridges, because they felt sorry for the cow, we are starting to be in Fairyland. It is no good letting the sports minister, or any politician for that matter, go to Cheltenham where 70,000 people turn up and the atmosphere is electric, as they will think that this is the norm. They should be going to Kempton and Wolverhampton on a Monday night, or Southwell when it is raining, then they would start to understand how racing really works.

Walking round the yard  ready for third lot

This year’s Cheltenham Festival was a great success with some wonderful stories coming out of it. Our tipping competition also went well and with a £10 stake on every race we didn’t do too badly. The final standings for the week are as follows: MHT minus £45 and Richard minus £24.12. Richard took the lead on the last day, but I will do my best on the next competition to even the score. Well done Richard.


We have one runner today at Fakenham

Friday, 15 March 2019

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Robert Flatt.

Second lot out and cantering

It’s still blowing and there are rain showers around, but not quite as bad as yesterday. Unfortunately the forecasters tell us it is going to continue throughout the weekend but at least next week looks a bit better. We have had a busy morning in the yard with a runner going off pretty early and with all the riders in, we have been getting on well. I have been keeping to the all-weather surfaces for the majority of the horses and all has gone smoothly. I am starting to step up to faster work as we will have the turf flat season upon us very soon and I would like to crack on early if possible. For the first time in a long time it looks like we have some early two-year-olds and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the first month.

Walking back after exercise

We have one runner today with Velvet Voice in the first at Fakenham. She has had absolutely no luck so far, being bogged down on her first outing and her reins snapping two weeks ago back at this venue. I hope she can get a clear round this time and it will be interesting to see what she can produce. A big strong mare, she has had a few problems along the way but is capable of winning a race if things fall right.

Third lot yesterday on the grass

What a Cheltenham yesterday with some great stories and some great rides and finishes. It is what Cheltenham should be about, what should encourage owners to become involved and for young people to come into this sport of ours. If you work hard and have talent, you can get on as a jockey and if you are enthusiastic and take the rough with the smooth and have luck on your side, there is no better feeling in the world than having a winner in any race. Our sport is without equal for the excitement it gives.

I am still holding on to a slender lead in the tipping competition but it could all change quickly today. At least we have given you plenty of winners and placed horses during the week and I hope everybody has enjoyed it. Our selections and standings are below.


1.30  Sir Erec    2.10  Crooks Peak    2.50  Allaho    3.30  Presenting Percy    4.10  Stand Up And Fight    4.50  Whatswrongwithyou    5.10  Dallas des Pictons


1.30  Pic D’orhy    2.10  Ch’tibello    2.50  Lisnagar Oscar    3.30  Thistlecrack    4.10  Caid du Berlais    4.50  Magic Saint    5.30  Defi Bleu

Standings so far:  MHT plus £25.00 and Richard minus £84.12

Working well

We have a great selection of horses for sale, either outright, in shares or syndication. I am really excited about this year’s intake of two-year-olds as they are a cracking lot full of size, scope and potential. Anybody who wants to get involved for the flat season should come and have a visit to Frankland Lodge as you couldn’t fail to be impressed. Have a look at our selections on this website in horses for sale, lease or syndication and give us a call to come and see them whenever you like. It is always open house at Frankland Lodge and we would love to give you the experience of ownership.

Happy Birthday Rebecca

A big happy birthday to Rebecca Marriott for tomorrow, which I know she have been looking forward to for a couple of months now. Rebecca loves the horses and is a great tipster, always taking money off her father. Everybody at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park hope you have a marvellous day.


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