Tuesday, 14 March 2017
"The level path is easy, but it will not bring you to the mountaintop."
Dr. Idel Dreimer.
Across The Flat
Indian Red and Gee Sixty Six
It’s turned colder overnight and it is very dull this morning. There is no rain though and none forecast for today or tomorrow, but then the weekend looks like being very wet. We have had a good morning so far with horses galloping on the turf for the first time. We came Across the Flat and just did some good spring work with a few of the older horses. Most of the rest have stayed on Southfield Round polytrack and Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far.
Bracken Brae only had a canter round yesterday as they went much too slow and it just developed into a sprint in the final couple of furlongs. Needless to say I have given the jockey a good talking to as the race was 10 seconds slow, which is a furlong. He did the same on Lost The Moon and both horses should have won. Judgment of pace is a major weapon in a jockeys arsenal and it is one thing he will be getting drilled into him at frequent intervals. She will take her chance on Thursday over two miles, where Stevie Donohoe will take over.
Today we have one runner at Wolverhampton where Topalova runs in the 6.45. She has run two sound races this year, is beginning to get the idea and if getting a clear run, shouldn’t be too far away tonight.
There was an article yesterday about not calling stable staff lads or lasses, which is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard and won’t make a jot of difference whether they come into the industry or not. They are all called stable staff nowadays and we are just one big happy family. The one thing I always thought was wrong is that the main training centre is called a school. The British Racing School should have a name change. What to, I’m not sure, but certainly not school as nobody wants to leave a school and go to another one. All this is a complete waste of energy and time and is typical of political speak, which gets us nowhere. A good recruiting crew run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people would be my ideal and instead of some jockeys being coaches, they could be used as recruiting agents. Moving out of London and away from people with little knowledge of horses would also help as well.
Four Fifty Three
Cheltenham starts today and the excitement will be intense. Let’s hope for a great few days with no casualties either equine or human, just a few sore heads and bulging pockets after taking the bookmakers to the cleaners. Our tips are below from both Richard and I and we have also got Rebecca Marriot’s tip of the day. It is our usual rules, £10 win on one horse each, non-runner no bet.
1.30 Melon 2.10 Altior 2.50 Holywell 3.30 Yanworth 4.10 Limini 4.50 Champers On Ice
5.30 Foxtail Hill
1.30 Ballyandy 2.10 Cloudy Dream 2.50 Noble Endeavour 3.30 Wicklow Brave 4.10 Apple's Jade 4.50 Bigbadjohn 5.30 Gold Present
Rebecca's tip of the day
Rebecca has chosen VIC DE TOUZAINE in the 2.50. Her stake is £5 each way.