Vis­ual trea­sures

Win­ter sun ris­ing across coun­try­side near Sher­borne, Dorset, as a string of race­horses ex­er­cises on a crisp, cold morn­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Visual Treasures - Pho­to­graph by David Hans­ford www.col­in­tiz­zard.co.uk

When it comes to keep­ing a close eye on the weather fore­cast, race­horse train­ers are nearly as ob­sessed as farm­ers, es­pe­cially given that the for­tunes of both pro­fes­sions are so gov­erned by the state of the ground. It’s there­fore a dead cert that, at Colin Tiz­zard’s yard on the out­skirts of the vil­lage of Mil­borne Port on the Dorset/ Som­er­set bor­ders–from where the dairy-turned-beef farmer and Na­tional Hunt trainer sent out last year’s Chel­tenham Gold Cup win­ner, Na­tive River– the sod­den go­ing will be dic­tat­ing Team Tiz­zard’s New Year rac­ing pro­gramme. One thing’s for sure, how­ever– the yard’s string of top-class horses will be ex­er­cised ev­ery morn­ing on the gal­lops (as pic­tured here), which snake through the fields and up through the wooded hill on the fam­ily’s Venn Farm, come rain or shine.

David Hans­ford Pho­tog­ra­phy/ Alamy Stock Photo

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