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We have two runners tonight

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

"The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution."

Stephen Sondheim.

111_Sparkle
Astrosparkle

It was raining on and off throughout the night and is still raining now. As we write this you can hear it bouncing off the office roof. It is also quite windy but mild. It is still unseasonably warm for this time of year and is forecast to stay that way for at least the next week. Night time temperatures are also higher than they should be. The horses have been out using the Round Canter this morning and with a full complement of staff in all has gone well.

116_Vista
Velvet Vista

We have two runners tonight, both at Chelmsford. Our first runner is Belle Bayeux in the seven furlong fillies’ novice at 5.20. She had a good introduction to racing at Yarmouth just over two weeks ago and will have come on for that run. There are some real blue bloods in this race today but she is in great form and I wouldn’t be surprised if she were in the mix. Roof Garden is our other runner in the one mile handicap at 6.50. He is a two time course and distance winner and my only concern is that he hasn’t run for quite a while. Although he was raised 10lbs for his last run he still has plenty in hand. I am really confident of a good run from him.

118_Garrison
Cantering this morning

The win at all cost mentality came to the fore in the Melbourne Cup yesterday. Six jockeys were either suspended or fined all for excessive whip use, including the winner, second and third placed. I understand that the adrenaline is heightened but they can all count and they know the rules. As I have said on numerous occasions if there was any chance of being disqualified in one of these big races, and it is more prevalent in Group races, then nobody would exceed the number of slaps given to a horse. The sooner the punishment fits the crime the better.