On The Gallops.
I have been very fortunate in being able to visit frequently, Shamus Mullins racing stables, near Amesbury in Wiltshire. Although I have to rise early in the morning. I am able to watch the grooms and jockeys, put the race horses through their paces. During the early morning gallops. finishing their toil with a really good full English breakfast. The gallops are specially formed tracks of loose gravel sand and a type of tarmacadum, laid so as not to endanger the horses hooves and legs, and are cut through the Wiltshire downs.
I also to visit the race courses whenever I can. My painting shown here, includes a horse named, “Doyouneedahand”. trained by Shamus, whilst at Kempton race course one evening, I was fortunate to see this horse pass the winning post first. And having bet £10 for him to win. going home with money in my pocket was an extra bonus.