Tuesday, 28 March 2017
"Choices are the hinges of destiny."
Once the mist is clearing the sun shines through
It’s still on the cool side and watching the forecast last night, there are some bands of rain coming over in the next few days, so I am not sure yet if spring is actually here. The morning has gone well so far with plenty of horses cantering and both Gabriele and Stevie have been in riding two lots, which is always a big help. Linda, the new feeder, is pleased that she had a clear round last night as I put her under plenty of pressure to compete with me. It was very nice on my part not being here just after four. I had an extra hour in bed, though it was still a five o’clock start.
(L) Hold Firm being led to his stable and (R) Astrostorm coming off the box
We have two runners today, both at Wolverhampton this afternoon. Our first runner is the yard favourite Hold Firm, who has had 12 days off and tries to win off his highest handicap mark yet. He is drawn on the outside, which doesn’t help, but he is usually smartly away and I am sure will not be very far off the first three once again.
Astrostorm runs in the last at ten to five and he has to contend with taking on a Frankel colt that could yet be anything. He has had two runs so far, at Lingfield and Kempton, and it will be interesting to see how he handles this Tapeta surface today. Whatever happens he will be handicapped after this one, which will widen the options. I have always liked him and I am sure he will develop as the year goes on.
Treacle is looking for rabbits
There have been plenty of jockeys in the wars lately and unfortunately another one, although not a jockey riding today, had a bad accident on the gallops here at Newmarket on Saturday. Allan Mackay, father of Nicky and Jamie, had a bad fall and is in intensive care in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The air ambulance was quickly here, but by all accounts he is not in very good shape and we await more news. Our best wishes go to him and all the family. Allan rode for me a lot when he was an apprentice in the days I was just starting off. Our second year we had a very good mare called Lusitanica who won the Reg Day Handicap at Newbury, the Bogside Cup at Ayr and was second in the Ebor. She was a great filly that cost absolutely nothing as a foal, but tried her heart out and was great for Allan’s career.