Onwards and upwards ...

Velvet Voice makes her debut

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

Johann Schiller.

Yearling colts on Hamilton Hill

It's a still calm morning with no wind but the forecast looks terrible and I'm sure the rain and gales are on their way. They are already in Ireland as I talked to one of my Irish friends this morning. We have had a good morning with the horses so far, with some fast work on the Cambridge Road followed by cantering on Hamilton Hill. All has gone well.

Cantering together

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Velvet Voice runs in the fillies' maiden hurdle at 3.30pm. This is her debut over hurdles and Alex Chadwick rides. It looks a race that could have one or two very good horses in it, and it will be interesting to see how this filly compares. She will like the ground and the trip will suit but the experience will do her more good than anything.

Exercise over followed by a cooling walk

The controversy over the Haydock fences continues. There is plenty of discussion going on between the trainers and jockeys who believe our fences are too upright and don't have enough in the bottoms. A bigger apron and take off board is what they are asking for. Our jockeys have certainly praised the Irish fences which have much larger apron and they are sloping. If we could get every fence the same on every track it would sort the problem out, but fences are an expensive part of the racecourse's budget and it may take time before all tracks are similar. In my opinion it is certainly worth getting right.

Back into the yard