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Two runners go to Chelmsford tonight

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion."

Dale Carnegie.

15_Southfield
Walking over to the Southfield Round canter

I don’t know what the weather is doing at present because after the first two days of cold, we have now got a perfect day, sunshine, no wind and a lovely temperature. There is rain forecast and let’s hope they are correct as the ground is really starting to firm up now. Running young horses on firm ground is a recipe for getting them jarred up and once horses get jarred, it takes forever to get them right again. Patience, patience, patience are the three words a trainer should have. All the horses have been on Southfield Round today and the area has been pretty quiet which means we have had an easy time and all the horses have been very relaxed doing 2 ½ times round, about a mile and quarter of normal cantering.

26_Dot
Dot Green

We have two runners today, both this evening at Chelmsford. I couldn’t have picked it worse having one in the first and one in the last, but that’s how the cookie crumbles. Astroshadow is our first runner. She has taken a long time to get her act together and is not the best of eaters. In fact she is very fussy. She is one of those people you know that only eats very plain food and will just leave any nice mixture or additive we try and put in. She is ready for her debut run, only the trip is the unknown, but the mare stayed well and Aussie Rules does get a trip. She certainly looks like a marathon runner, rather than a sprinter.

Our other maiden runner is Clearance in the last at 8.55. He is a half-brother to Hold Firm, our six times winner. He is a big, attractive horse who will need this run tonight but the experience and the run will bring him on no end.

31_Walking
Walking back after exercise

I see there was a massive difference in the size of the crowd at Newmarket this weekend, with the Saturday crowd reaching nearly 20,000 but the Sunday’s 1000 Guineas drew less than 10,000. The Chief Executive was blaming the problem on that it wasn’t a bank holiday weekend, but really, in my opinion, nobody in England likes going racing on a Sunday. Why we persevere with this Sunday racing is beyond me. Just give everybody a day off. If people are desperate to have a bet there will be plenty of racing shown from Ireland and France where their cultures are different, although I don’t think many people go to flat races in Ireland.

40_Sandwood
Sandwood Bay at second lot

I will quickly mention the Hatchfield Farm situation where Lord Derby’s appeal in the High Court has succeeded on two of the four points. It will now go back to the Secretary of State when the new parliament is formed. I hope they come up with the same conclusion, which they should, as the reasons for refusal in the opinion of those who live here, are the correct ones. We will all just have to wait and see.