Onwards and upwards ...

An overcast, drizzly morning

Monday, 31 May 2010


Mystery Star

''Judge each day, not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.''

- Robert Louis Stevenson



Edward Whymper, ridden by Alex Campbell, the ambulance driver

An overcast, drizzly morning and I hope that it stays like this, especially, at Epsom all week. I must have looked at every TV weather forecast at the weekend and I am not much wiser, as to what is going to happen. A bit light on staff in the yard this morning with so many runners, sent away overnight and with three runners at Leicester, gone off this morning but the horses have been getting out and doing their normal canter up Long Hill.


Bertie Smalls

Seven runners today, two at Carlisle, two at Goodwood and three at Leicester. We will start at Carlisle with Brushing, who runs in the 3.30pm, she ran well last week at Sandown and, in fact, was very unlucky not to have won; hopefully, she can get there today but the draw is not exactly what I would have liked and Carlisle is not the easiest place to ride. Ashley has already had a drilling from me and Steve Avery, who is up at Carlisle will undoubtedly be giving him another one. Astrodonna, who runs in the 4.05pm, was a bit disappointing last time at Bath, where she did not get much luck and I am hopeful that this uphill track could suit her.


Walking home in the drizzle

At Goodwood, we run Star Commander in the 3.45pm, he is a very nice, strong colt with a future and will improve considerably for this first outing but I am sure that he will run with credit today. In the 4.55pm, we run Moon Lightning, who has run two good races so far and with the champion jockey on board he will be getting top assistance - we just hope he handles the Goodwood undulations.


Kathleen Frances

At Leicester, we run Cornish Quest in the 2.05pm, he is forecast as the outsider of four and you know what they say: always back the outsider in a four runner race; he has been showing a bit at home and, I am sure, that he will be in the first four! In the next, the 2.40pm, we run Imjin River, who ran very well last time at York, will be suited by the track and I am hopeful of a big run. In the 3.15pm, we run Red Smokey, who has been disappointing so far, I have upped her in trip and hope that brings about some improvement.


Princess Izzy having a pipe-opener for tomorrow

On England's match against Japan, if we need two own goals to beat the Japanese, I do not hold any great hope of us progressing very far in the World Cup. We do not seem to have a system or know, who are the right players for the right positions and we only have a fortnight to sort it out.