Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

We have one runner today in Newcastle

Thursday, 08 February 2018

"If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct."

Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

Ready to go

It’s a bitterly cold morning, but bright and dry. The horses are being kept close to home, out on the Hamilton Hill doing a good canter, then back in the yard, rugged up to keep them nice and warm. We have two non-runners in the yard and one from the riders. All due to illness. The ones that are in are all working well and the jobs are still getting done in good time.

Four Fifty Three

We have one runner today up at Newcastle. Topalova runs in the two mile handicap at 2.05. She didn’t have the best of runs last time out but the form is not solid for this race and she does have a better draw in stall one. I am hopeful that she will run a sound race this time.

Third lot making their way out

It’s a busy time on the stud, and with several mares in the foaling boxes we are having to sit up at night to watch them. Most of the mares are seasoned mothers so when watching them we know the characteristics to look out for, but this year we do have a couple of first timers. As with all first time mums there is a lot to learn, not least from the foaling crew. I will let you know when we have a new addition along with photos.