Monday, 25 November 2013


We schooled 6 horses on Thursday, Bill Brindle came in to watch Elmore Back. Everything jumped really nicely. We also schooled 3 of the new horses in the loose school. Verano was brilliant, he showed a lot of natural ability. Almost Gemini and Sureness both took to it well too.

We ran two horses at Market Rasen that day, Area Access and Greyfriars Drummer. Unfortunately the ground was no good for either of them.

We ran Lord Of House at Ascot on Friday and had high hopes for him. He jumped well when he got into a rhythm but struggled to go with them into the home straight. It seems he did not get the trip, he needs 2m on soft ground.

We had 10 in for breakfast on Saturday so it was a very busy morning. Elmore Back worked very well around 'back of the hill' gallop with Mark Grant. Seventh Sky worked really well on the 'bank' gallop, he came from 6 lengths off the leading pair and flew passed them, I struggle to find anything good enough to work with him!

I gave Lucinda Green and Tim Thompson-Jones a lift to Ascot n Saturday. Attimo was disappointing in the first. He blew for a while so needed the race again. Shockingtimes unluckily almost got bought down and unseated Mark at the 4th Fence in the second race.

On Sunday I drove to Towcester and walked the course with Harry Bannister, to give him the benefit of my experience! Unfortunately it was to no avail, Always Smiling got stuck in the ground and although she tries very hard and jumps well she needs better ground. I hurried back to Lambourn for an 80th Birthday lunch at Oaksey House and watched Sands Cove at Exeter who managed to fall at the 2nd last fence. Noel Fehily said he would have won and I think he probably would have. So all in all it was a fairly frustrating weekend.

We have got Seventh Sky in the Gerry Feilden at Newbury on Thursday, he would have to get in to the h'cap to run. Elmore Back has an entry at Taunton on Thursday where he might take his chance.

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