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What a filthy day

Monday, 30 April 2018

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


(L to R) Archipenko ex Cushat colt, Trew Class, Casamento ex Trew Class filly, and Cushat Law

and below the foals

          Cushat_Archipenko   Trew_Class_Casamento

It’s horrible this morning, no other word for it. Torrential rain, blowing a gale and absolutely freezing. Waterproofs, jumpers, hats and boots are the order of the day. Tomorrow looks to be a better day, but rain is forecast again for Wednesday. The end of the week, at this stage, is due to be a bit nicer, overcast but dry with warmer temperatures. I will believe it when I see it. With this weather it is hard to keep the horses, or the staff for that matter, dry out on the heath, but a good Monday morning canter is the exercise of the day, then back in for a warm wash down.


Azure Mist and her Bated Breath colt leading in out of the rain

Punchestown came to an exciting climax on Saturday with plenty of highs and lows to keep everybody on their toes. It was dominated by Willie Mullins winning 22 of the 38 races, nine of them Grade 1’s. His closest rival, Gordon Elliott, had four winners, the underdog at this particular festival. The prize money won by these trainers over the course of the season is outstanding, but it is also barmy the amount of firepower that these two have in their yards. Not many others are getting a look in. It’s not their fault, if owners are looking for a yard to take their horses to then the number of winners is always a huge draw, but it would be nice if the smaller trainers got a chance every now and again.


A very wet Astromagick and her Charmed Spirit colt

Over the past couple of days there have been reports of retirements from race riding from a few jump jockeys. Both Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh are hanging up their stirrups along with Ian Popham. They have won some pretty decent races between them, but feel the time is right to have a change of direction, although not moving too far away from the sport. Their knowledge of our industry will be invaluable in their new careers and I wish them all the best of luck.


Brushing and her Sixties Icon colt in a nursery paddock