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Two canters is the exercise of the day

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

"Love is a game that two can play and both win."

Eva Gabor.

Malcolm Franklin saying hello to his yearling colt

It’s a similar day to yesterday but not quite as cold, just one of those dull, winter mornings. We have a few more people back in today, so we have been getting on much better and the flag is flying. I have stepped up to two canters with everything this morning and the horses are feeling very well. We have already had a loose one flying about the yard at second lot. No harm done, it just had a mad few minutes.

Working on the trees at the stud

There is plenty of activity going on today at the stud with the yearlings and foals being moved about. We always move them in the horsebox, which gives them experience of a little travel and starts them on the road to growing up.

Also, we have got some professional tree men working at the stud where we have a lot of woodland which needs sorting out. Quite a few of the old dead trees have had to come down and it has been amazing to watch these boys climb up the trees, and reduce them from the top downwards. 

The Blue Whale at the Natural History Museum

You couldn’t make this up but I have just had an email from the National Trainers Federation with various items on it. One of them was an invitation to the all-party parliamentary racing and bloodstock group in the houses of parliament for their Christmas party. All National Trainers Federation members are invited. Now you think this would be to discuss the racing industry and just involve trainers, breeders and MP’s, but no, it has been sponsored by Ladbrokes / Corals, so you know what that means, the betting industry once again lobbying the MP’s in their own way. Make of it what you will.


Why do they insist on watering?

Monday, 20 November 2017

"Don’t do what you’ll have to find an excuse for."


On Hamilton Hill

It’s a cold morning and we had some rain for about an hour. We are a bit short on the ground once again with two non-runners, which is very frustrating, but the ones that are in are working well and we are getting the horses out for a good canter. I will be doing a bit more work with everything this week and getting those running before Christmas back to fitness. A good schooling morning is also on the cards towards the end of the week.

Ness of Brodgar

The ground at Cheltenham looked terrible after all the rain they had and one or two of the jockeys were complaining that it was very holding and didn’t suit their horses. The clerk of the course was aggrieved with their watering accusations, but the ground does get watered a lot, especially at Cheltenham, and then when it actually does rain, the going changes quickly. Why people have to water is beyond me and the BHA’s instance on this ridiculous rule needs looking into once again. All horses have a preference for ground, and with the British weather you have to take the rough with the smooth, but when the ground is artificially changed, it is very hard to understand and very unfair on connections.

Walking back to the yard

We will be moving the homebred yearling fillies’ into the yard this week and the weanlings at the stud will be moving fields across to the yearling side of the estate. The time moves on quickly and before we blink we will have foals on the ground and the whole process starts again. I am delighted with this year’s intake of young stock and let’s hope we have a star or two amongst them.


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