Onwards and upwards ...

What a muggy day it is

Thursday, 31 May 2018

"What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories."

George Eliot.

Rum Ration at first lot on the Rubbing House Polytrack

True Calling

It’s not been quite so overcast this morning but there is plenty of high cloud cover and it is still quite muggy. There are thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon. We had a normal cantering morning in preparation for doing some fast work tomorrow. Everything has gone smoothly.

Melo Pearl at second lot

I see Chelmsford have got the go ahead for their turf track and you know my thoughts on it. I have always been against it as it will be very tight and the drainage will be tricky as well. Any of you that have been to Chelmsford know that walking on the grass there is akin to walking on a bog most of the time. They will have to do an unbelievable job with the drainage and camber the bends well if it is to be safe. I would think it will be used more for pony and Arab racing rather than the proper thoroughbreds, but we will have to see. Chelmsford is a great all-weather course, which everybody is in agreement with, but keeping the all-weather track up to scratch, in my opinion, is what they should be concentrating on.

Astromerry leading Astrosparkle

The ground at Epsom continues to get softer and it will certainly play a big part in this weekend’s big Classics. Horses will have to go in it and they will have to stay, so we may see one or two more surprises.

There was plenty of chat about the going at Nottingham yesterday when the ground changed to soft after being good, good to firm in the morning. The ground at Nottingham is some of the worse in the country and why they water it is completely beyond me. A thunderstorm on top of their watering causes big ground change. 18 horses didn’t run and what a waste of money for their connections. I know it is in the lap of the god whether it rains or not, but why these clerks continue to water at courses which can change dramatically is beyond me, but they don’t seem to have anybody who controls them.