Onwards and upwards ...

Another chilly start

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Number One Guy and Imjin River

''Respect yourself and others will respect you.''

- Confucius

Amno dancer and Akula

Another chilly start but no overnight frost and soon warming up. It, actually, felt like spring this morning, which was the first time for ages. The horses were all on Warren Hill polytrack with tomorrow's runners having a pipe-opener.

Brushing and Kinsya

A frustrating day yesterday with the ground at York, being much firmer than officially described, in fact, when we walked the course we could only get a stick one inch into the ground. Call It On still has too much weight and needs to come down a few pounds to give him a fair chance of winning but he was not enjoying the ground either yesterday. Omokoroa was hating the ground and would not let himself down at all and, fortunately, Daryll Holland looked after him. Forgotten Army ran a great race to finish fourth, running on at the end and looking like he will stay further.

Star Commander

At Bath, they had had a shower of rain on top of the firm ground, which caused Bertie Smalls to slip on the bend and unseat Simon Pearce. Both horse and jockey seem to be none the worse for the experience, although, I believe, Simon has one or two bruises. Astrodonna needs to be covered up and come with a run, which always relies on getting some luck but Ted Durcan never got a run and her race is best forgotten.

Lady Chloe

Comrade Bond runs at York today in the 4.20pm; he ran a nice race at Yarmouth first time out, finishing fourth with the third that day, Emma's Gift, winning at Bath last night. He has worked nicely since that run and looks to have come on for it but this is, obviously, a much harder race, so I am just hopeful that he will run a good race.