Friday, February 10, 2012

White out

We've been under snow since Saturday night and a further sustained snow shower on Thursday refreshed the Heath and provided an absolutely glorious Friday morning in Newmarket. It has to be said that the heath men employed by the Jockey Club Estates do a really excellent job for the trainers in this town all year round but during cold snaps such as this their workload is increased hugely. We are immensely grateful to them for gritting the roads and horsewalks and keeping the canters open with extra harrowing. We're really fortunate not to have missed a day's exercise with the horses, even in the bleak midwinter. Here are a few shots from this morning:

John and Hugh are silhouetted on Long Hill as they take Silken Thoughts and Ruby In The Dust for a spin.

Gina Bryce paid us another visit in her build-up to the St Patrick's Day Derby at the Cheltenham Festival. She's seen here with Alcalde on the Long Hill canter.

Three of James Fanshawe's string in action.

Here's our team trotting home in an orderly fashion after their canter. Hugh is leading on Silken Thoughts, followed by Terri and Karma Chameleon, Martin and Asterisk, Gina and Alcalde, Hannah and Sail Past, with the trainer as outrider with Ruby pretending to be a very good hack.

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