The horses are looking brilliant ...


Day 3 and the tipping competition is going well

Thursday, 14 March 2019

"A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside."


Velvet Vision and Garrel Glen working this morning

Across The Flat

It’s a very windy and blustery morning once again with rain coming down in stair rods at present. I’m not sure this much was forecast, but you definitely don’t want to be out in it if you can avoid it. I think wind and showers are expected up to and throughout the weekend, but a good week ahead after that. Everybody is in and we have been getting on well with the horses. We worked for the first time Across the Flat, which has just opened for the season. I only sent a couple of gallopers across there and they did an easy piece of work over seven furlongs on ground that was amazingly good. Newmarket turf is all on a chalk base and water soon gets through and, with the wind we have had, it dry’s as soon as it lands.

The stands at Newmarket

I must congratulate Tony McCoy and Nicky Henderson who came out with comments yesterday about the BHA’s completely over the top suspensions following the last race on Tuesday at Cheltenham. AP especially was scathing of the Australian officials who have no idea of our traditions and how National Hunt racing is run in England. As you know I have been calling for a complete revamp of the BHA with people who know horses and how our sport works. We certainly don’t want anybody who doesn’t understand it and just tries to justify their huge salary, plus it brings our sport into the public eye with things that shouldn’t ever be there in the first place. We seem to have got so many people running a variety of sports that are doing the job for money, rather than do it properly.

Daffodils at Dullingham

Out in full bloom

We saw a great days racing yesterday with the marvellous horse Altior who won his 18th race on the bounce. Another fantastic horse was Tiger Roll who absolutely hacked up in the cross country race. Our tipping competition went well with four winners across the board. Richard got a little bit back yesterday but is still playing catch-up. Today looks especially tricky and it will be fascinating to see what the result is going into the final day. Our tips and standings are below:


1.30  Real Steel    2.10  Sire du Berlais    2.50  Road To Respect  3.30  Bapaume    4.10  River Wylde    4.50  My Sister Sarah    5.30  Its All Guesswork


1.30  Vinndication    2.10  A Toi Phil    2.50  Road To Respect    3.30  Kilbricken Storm    4.10  Eamon An Cnoic    4.50  Posh Trish    5.30  Speaker Connolly

Our standing so far: MHT plus £35.00 and Richard minus £14.12

Rebecca Marriott has made a special request for today. She NAP’s My Sister Sarah in the Grade 2, mares novice hurdle at 4.50


Day 2 of The Festival after passing the inspection

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

"A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Legging up

.. and pulled out

It’s a cold, windy morning after a very wet and wild day yesterday. We have one non-runner again on the riding front but everybody else is working like clockwork. Horses are going in and out and cantering as safely as possible in these conditions. You have to be very careful and keep your wits about you when riding out as items get blown about in the wind which can frighten the horses very quickly. It is just the case of finding as much shelter as possible.


It’s was a busy day yesterday with three mares being covered - one down in Wiltshire, one the other side of Royston and one very local in Newmarket. Everybody did a great job as the wind and rain was causing problems on the roads and there were a few hold-ups on most of the major routes. The mares all got covered well and I am pleased to say ovulated this morning, so let’s hope that is the last time they will be in a horsebox this seasons.

Astromagick and her colt foal

The first day of Cheltenham went off in very heavy rain but got better as the day went on. After the inspection this morning it goes ahead today as normal. I think the forecast for very strong winds has been moderated to just a good blow. I took the lead early in the tipping competition with a couple of winners and was unlucky not to have had another one. I will be trying to keep up the good work for the rest of the week. Richard will be playing catch up but it is easily done with one big price winner, especially with double odds for the NAP, which is our runner in the last every day. Our selections are below.


1.30  Sams Profile    2.10  Santini    2.50  Uradel    3.30  Min    4.10  Josies Orders    4.50  Band of Outlaws    5.30  Sempo


1.30  City Island   2.10  Delta Work    2.50  Vision des Flos    3.30  Altior    4.10  Tiger Roll    4.50  Praeceps    5.30  Abacadabras

Standings so far: MHT plus £60.00 and Richard minus £70.00


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