Onwards and upwards ...

Another very still morning with no wind...

Monday, 31 January 2011

"Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do." 

- Dhammapada


The Act One ex Highbrook colt (Ashley)

Another very still morning with no wind, so it makes it much more pleasant to be out on the Heath. Although the temperature is not very high, it doesn't feel that cold, which is good for both horses and people. Everything has just had a normal Monday morning canter and all are progressing well. 


Dazinsky (Steve)

Our two runners at the weekend didn't disgrace themselves, in fact, both ran pretty well. The ground at Cheltenham was raceable but what was noticeable was that there was no grass at all on it;  I commented if you put a heavy roller on it, you could have played cricket on it. Why these courses have no length of grass is unbelievable! If only they would listen to what trainers want it would make all the difference but, unless there is any warm weather between now and the Festival, I fear the ground will be strange. On Saturday, it was very sticky and puddingy, which was very tiring for all the horses and Akula's race was one of the quickest. Richard Johnson's comments afterwards were that he thought he would like much better ground and that he got tired in the sticky ground they were racing on: he still ran with great credit though.
Marvo, although finishing last of seven, performed very well, as he was only beaten 2 1/2 lengths off the winner, in a race that developed into a sprint. He handled that Polytrack well and I am sure he will be winning again shortly. 


Imjin River (Zeeshan)

I didn't watch the new style Morning Line on Saturday and have had contrasting opinions on the new format. This programme is supposed to promote the industry and attract new people to either watch live or on TV, so it needs to be entertaining, informative and addictive. I will try and watch it myself next Saturday, if possible, and give a review afterwards. 


Crossing the Fordham Road onto Rayes Lane

The shortlist of bidders for the Tote comes out today and it will be very interesting indeed to see who is on it. Whoever is on it must guarantee great investment in the business and a return to the racing industry but, if you have been reading my comments for the last fortnight, I wouldn't hold out any great hope. 


Astromoon (Abbi) walking home

Good football at the weekend with both The Owls and The Gunners progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Owls 4-1 victory over Hereford was expected but they certainly had a scare by going 1-0 down early on and now have the pleasure of going to Birmingham City in the next round. Arsenal, once again, had to rely on their play-actors to gain their fourteenth penalty of the season that allowed them to squeak home in the final few minutes against Huddersfield. They now go to Leyton Orient in the next round.