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We have one runner today at Wolverhampton

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

"Freedom means choosing your burden."

Hephzibah Menuhin.

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Velvet Vision

A warm sunny morning with no sign of rain and none forecast for this week. We are having another busy day with a runner going off to Wolverhampton. Everybody is in, both in the yard and riders and the horses are cantering close to home, mainly on Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far. We even had somebody mending the hay steamer at 6 o’clock. A great effort, thank you.

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Cantering on Hamilton Hill

We have one runner today. Belle Bayeux makes her handicap debut at Wolverhampton in the 3.25. It’s a big step up in trip, which should suit, and I am hopeful of a good run. Most of the family have stayed well and although she is by the sprinter Epaulette, she has always given the impression that she is a galloper. I hope Shane Kelly can get her into a good rhythm and I am sure then she will run with credit.

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Walking back after exercise

I couldn’t agree more with Mark Johnson who has taken to social media to criticise the clerks of the courses who put too much water on the tracks. This makes for false ground which I have been going on about for years. For some unknown reason clerks don’t like firm in their going descriptions and put far too much water on which makes the roots of the turf grow sideways and makes it very false. This is completely unfair to the people who want fast ground. I don’t suppose the BHA will do anything about it though as they clearly don’t understand what trainers are going on about.