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We have three runners today

Monday, 29 May 2017

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self- confidence."

Robert Frost.

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Astrostorm on Southfields Round

We had a few crashes and bangs last night with thunder and lightning. I am not sure how much actual rain we got though, but I would think around 4 or 5 mm. It will have helped the grass and certainly watered the plants. We have been cantering on Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill this morning, and although we are a few short because of runners, everything has gone smoothly so far.

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Velvet Voice

We will be having plenty of runners this week starting today with two at Leicester and one at Chelmsford. At Leicester we run Sandwood Bay who wears eyeshields for the first time. This is just to keep her calm as she can be quite a handful at times. She has run some nice races, has done enough work to do herself justice today and I think the track will suit her. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that she runs a big race. Astroshadow is our other runner there later on in the mile and a half fillies maiden, which looks full of horses with ability. She is a keen going sort, but has improved for her first run and although I am not sure how many she will beat again today, she will improve for the outing. Both these fillies at Leicester are exuberant sorts and need everything doing quietly. Thomas Brown takes the ride on both.

Our other runner today is Lost The Moon at Chelmsford where she runs in the 3.40 the two mile handicap. She was very unlucky last time when stumbling leaving the stalls and the jockey pulled her up after a furlong. I am hopeful that she can get back to winning ways today, on a track that she likes. Joey Haynes takes the ride.

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Clearance and Budgie on Hamilton Hill 

We have had a couple of very high profile enquiries lately, one involving William Buick at York, and yesterday with Pat Smullen at the Curragh. Both times it was pretty dangerous riding and this is becoming a much more common practice. It is a bit like diving in the penalty area at football - it needs stamping out and the only way to do it is big bans. With the amount of racing we have nowadays, one or two days off doesn’t affect the top jockeys, but a month would and it is going to take something like this to clean our sport up. There is nothing wrong with proper race riding, keeping on a straight line and keeping a jockey boxed in, but when you move off line and hamper horses, which could cause a very bad accident, this is when you start getting into the realms of being out of order. It can’t continue like it is and the powers that be should take a bold step and stamp it out. We have had a few cases lately of top jockeys getting out of bans, which only make the matter worse as it sets a precedent for the future. What the outcry would have been if a horse or jockey had got badly injured, I don’t know. Accidents happen, we all know that, but there shouldn’t be an accident caused by others.