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We have three runners tonight at Chelmsford

Monday, 10 September 2018

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

Mahatma Gandhi.

Four Fifty Three

It’s a still, overcast morning but it is certainly not cold. Although the rest of the country is going to get some rain, we look like we are going to miss most of it. It is a busy day with three runners tonight at Chelmsford and the lads are all working well to get everything done before loading up the horses to go mid-morning. We have been cantering on the Hamilton Hill mostly and all has gone well so far.



Quanah didn’t have things go quite to plan when he ran at Ascot on Friday. The ground was a bit firm and I am not too sure how he finished up in the middle of the track, which certainly didn’t suit how we wanted him ridden. The only good thing to come from it is that he should have a handicap mark as from tomorrow and if I can find him some soft ground somewhere I would love him to show what he is capable of. I am sure the soft ground is the key to him.

Our runners tonight start with Melo Pearl in the 6.15. She has had two runs so far, one at Chelmsford and one at Newmarket. We are drawn well tonight in two and I would hope she would run a lot better than she has shown so far on the track. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she was in the frame at a big price. Our next runner is Velvet Vision at 8.15. This is her first time in a handicap and she has had a big break since she last ran. I think the trip will suit her and this race will put her spot on. She has certainly got a chance of making the frame. Our last runner is Ginger Lady who was a bit disappointing last time out but the race wasn’t run to suit. I am hoping tonight it will be and she can run a good race. She just needs a good strong rhythm throughout.

Velvet Vista

I couldn’t agree more with Richard Hughes’ comments in Saturdays Racing Post on the handicapping system. He says that the winners should be moved but everything else either stays where they are, or go down. It is very frustrating when a genuine who horse tries every time is second and third and keeps going up the handicap but never winning. It is so disappointing for the normal owner when this happens as the prize money, as Richard pointed out, is very poor for the placed horses.


We have one runner today at Ascot

Friday, 07 September 2018

"The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree."

Thomas Campbell.

Velvet Vision, Astrobreeze and Ginger Lady working on the Peat Moss 

The mornings are getting much darker and we are pulling out now at 6.30. I think we will have to start a bit later still until the clocks go back in October. It is a bright morning though after a bit of overnight rain and with no wind, it is quite warm when you are working in the yard. Everybody is in and happy after last night’s win and they have all had a Newmarket sausage for breakfast. A few worked on the Peat Moss at first lot but the majority have been cantering on Southfields Round polytrack. All has gone well so far.

Discussing last night's winner

Both our runners ran really well last night. Pageant Master performed with credit and was staying on well at the line. He is still very green but will come on for the outing and I think a quick run back would be the best thing for him. Our other runner, Roof Garden, has certainly improved from last time and with a better draw, he quickly put the race to bed in a few strides. Although the handicapper will put him up a chunk for this, he still should be in the low sixties where he should be capable of winning another race. A big horse, he has had a few problems in his development, but my motto of patience, patience, patience has worked out well in this instance.

We have one runner today at Ascot, which is a rare venture to the Royal track for us. It used to be very common but it is getting harder and harder to get the quality horses. Quanah runs in the 1.30, the six furlong Novice Auction race. He has had two runs, has been a bit keen both times and needs to settle better today, but if he does, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility of him running a big race.

A pick of grass after exercise

I see the new conditions for the Cesarewitch have been causing a stir and last year’s winner, Withold, was ruled ineligible to run. I am not sure of the thinking behind the changes to the conditions but the prize money has increased dramatically and I think everybody understood the rules, albeit one or two didn’t and got a shock. I am all for conditions of races being imaginative and wish there were a lot more.

Ness Of Brodgar

It is good to see one of the new stallions I like, Sea The Moon, doing well and there is a good article on him today in the Racing Post. We have got a two-year-old filly in training by him and there is a lovely colt to come in as a yearling. I am looking forward to the filly running and the colt looks a cracker. I am sure he will be one of the top stallions for years to come.


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