Onwards and upwards ...

The rain has finally arrived

Monday, 10 June 2019

"Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old."

Mary H. Waldrip.

Walking through the rain to the start of the canter


At last we have some rain. It has been pretty steady since the early hours and let’s hope we get what the forecasters are predicting. We have been desperate for this amount for a long time now and although it is not very funny riding out when it is like this, it will do nothing but good for the racecourses, the training grounds, the stud fields and everybody’s gardens. We have had a good morning with the horses and have been cantering mainly on Southfields Round which I am finding is one of the best exercises at present. The horses relax well on it, they can go both ways, you don’t have to go very quick, just good steady canters in rhythm. Horses learn how to lead on either leg, all in all a good exercise.

Ness Of Brodgar

Isaac Murphy ran very poorly on Saturday at Chelmsford. He was really well behaved beforehand and during the preliminaries - through the stalls etc. but the jockey felt there was something wrong when asked to quicken. He pulled up sound though and the veterinary’s inspection afterwards were all fine. He has shown me a lot more at home so I will be having our vet check him over this week to find out what the problem was and go again before too long. A great big horse, he may still be very much on the weak side. I think the race was quite good and there should be several winners to come out of it.

Walking off the gallop after exercise

The build up to Royal Ascot has started in earnest now and what a week it will be once again. I think we will have one runner there this year on the Friday. Hopefully Garrel Glen will contend the Sandringham handicap, a mile race for fillies only. It is a meeting that if you have never been to you should at least go to once in your life, especially the first day, the Tuesday, which I always think is the best day. We are very lucky having the royal patronage and the Queen still so enthusiastic about our sport and owning racehorses. I just hope the next generation of royals can continue the tradition and follow her fantastic example.