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We are sending out four runners today

Friday, 24 August 2018

"You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway."

Robert Brault.

Working on the Peat Moss gallop

It’s much fresher today and with just a slight breeze it is the perfect temperature for the horses, and for that matter the staff. We have had a good morning so far and I worked some two-year-old fillies’ on the peat moss at first lot with Louis Steward in. We are now starting to sort out the pecking order and there will be several more two-year-olds making their debuts shortly. Most of the rest have been cantering on the polytracks closer to home and as it’s a busy day with runners, the yard is moving along quickly.

Making their way back to the yard

We have four runners today, two at Newmarket this afternoon and two tonight at Chelmsford. Our runners today at Newmarket, Melo Pearl and Garrison Law, are homebred by their owners Max and Malcolm Franklin. Both are having their second runs and both should improve on what they did first time. I think these races look pretty strong with plenty of expensive yearlings in each race, especially the colts, so today’s outing will be down to experience once again. We will then start to get a better idea of ground and distance for the future.

Our two runners tonight at Chelmsford are both Sarabex owned and we start with Roof Garden at 6.45. I have dropped him back to a mile but the unfortunate thing tonight is that we are drawn 11, which is the worst draw possible for what I wanted this horse to be able to do. He has got plenty of ability but needs to learn to settle and we will have to get very lucky tonight from the position he is starting from to show his true worth. Four Fifty Three is our last runner at 8.45. He is a two time course and distance winner over a mile but didn’t get the best of luck last time out. I think this further trip will suit and on form should be very capable of getting involved, but there are a couple in the race making their handicap debuts who could improve considerably from what they have shown so far.

Indian Red

Belle Bayeux

Congratulations must go to Mark Johnston on passing the all-time winners’ record that Richard Hannon snr had set. Jason Weaver is right when he calls him a juggernaut, he just keeps rolling on. He has had great success and deserves all the plaudits.

It is amazing though how things can change quickly and we have been seeing it recently with Aiden O’Brien. He couldn’t stop training Group 1 winners last year but by his standards has struggled for most of this season. A respiratory illness is to blame and these are very hard to pinpoint and get right. All trainers struggle with this and with the movement of horses throughout the world, and all the racing we have, it is very hard to keep on top of it, even with the best hygiene plan.

Clouds over Newmarket

Always busy

It’s the third day of York today with the chance of a millionaire bonus in the Lonsdale Cup. I, at least, found a couple of short price winners yesterday to drag a bit back on Richard. I hope I can continue in that vein today. Our efforts are below once again.


1.55  First Nation    2.25  Desert Skyline    3.00  The Irish Rover    3.35  Blue Point    4.15  Beat Le Bon    4.50  Ulshaw Bridge


1.55  Melting Dew  2.25  St Michel    3.00  Legends Of War    3.35  Mabs Cross    4.15  Indomitable    4.50  Crack On Crack On

Standings so far MHT minus £58.33 and Richard minus £80