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Our first foal of the year has arrived

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

"If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future."

Danielle Steel.

Over Newmarket this morning

It’s bright, clear and frosty this morning but thank goodness no wind as yet. Everybody is in, the flag is flying at full mast and we have had another good day so far. All the two-year-olds are starting to get the idea now and are out cantering in the normal string. If you can consistently give them a similar exercise, they soon get into the daily routine and start to progress very quickly. A good dry February would help and let’s hope that is what we get.

Ness Of Brodgar

Our first foal of the year arrived this morning, at around 2.45, with Astrodonna giving birth to a strong colt by Bated Breath. Both mother and son are doing well. We have got several others overdue and I am sure there will be one or two more in the next few days. It does makes for tired eyes though as at that time of the morning you are sound off before the phone rings. Our staff are top class at the stud and David and Mo make a brilliant pair.

Astrodonna and her Bated Breath colt foal

There have been several articles lately in the paper about mental health and the very sad news of the trainer who died. Today’s piece by Alastair Down is very true when he says healthy horses mean a happy yard. This article, combined with the one yesterday in the Daily Telegraph, talks about the life in a training yard and how it is not all champagne and exotic holidays. All trainers are under severe pressure to produce the goods as it is not an inexpensive cost to own racehorses and owners love them to run as much as possible, but, when a virus or injury happens, it is a very hard phone call to make and trainers have to have great strength to keep positive when everything is seemingly going wrong. There is nothing better than when the horses are healthy and winning, and you just have to take the rough with the smooth. In my role as Chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Federation, I try to see everybody’s point of view, from the ones who train 300+ to the ones who only have two or three. It is a great achievement when the winners flow. My only major comment is that the powers that be still do not understand the economics of the industry.