Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 29 November 2018

"The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature."

Jeff Cox.

Tacking up for third lot

It’s a wild, wet and windy morning although still remarkably mild. It is ok in the shelter of the yard but once you get out onto the heath it is a proper wind. If there is rain as well it is certainly not weather to get caught out in. We have been as close to home as we possibly can be with all the lots and apart from one hiccup all has gone well.

Tim supervising in the lunge pit

Willie giving lots of encouragement

Astrofire jumped well yesterday at Wetherby. She was a bit keen but had every chance and I think we will be finding her a good home doing something in another discipline of the horse world. A big sound filly she will give somebody a lot of fun for years to come.

Astrobreeze is our only runner tonight at Chelmsford. She runs in the 8.15 the one mile five furlong handicap. This looks a reasonably competitive affair with a couple of last time out winners. We have no weight though and let’s hope she can get in a good position from her bad draw and be competitive.

Off the walker and back to the box

There are a couple of things to come out of the Racing Post this morning. I see they are still going on about inner city racing and had a trial on the surface at Aintree. I am yet to be convinced by this idea as I think from a horse welfare and health and safety point of view it will be a non-starter. I just can’t understand why any money is being wasted on this sort of idea. The other thing is that Bill Barber, the industrial editor, is calling for better government civil servants. They were obviously very unprepared and couldn’t have taken any proper advice when being quizzed in parliament by a committee last week. It was, by all accounts, a horror show and we mustn’t let this happen again. Our government, whoever is in power, want to understands we are a very professional sport and need all the assistance the government can give us.