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We worked on the Peat Moss turf gallop

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

"A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should."


First lot (L-R) Astrofire, Roof Garden, Astrobreeze and Velvet Vision

Exercise over and the four make their way back to the yard

It’s much cloudier today and we had the first good sky of the autumn. The forecast is for it to be dry all day but to get colder as the week goes on. We have a good lot of staff in and have been galloping horses on some fantastic ground on the Peat Moss turf. Everything went smoothly and the horses are really coming on. As usual we have a lot of backward youngsters who need educating and go through growth spurts. Most of ours you can’t force and you just have to let them come to themselves in their own time. It is mornings like this that one or two show you their wellbeing.

Second lot with Velvet Vista leading Melo Pearl, Astroblaze and Astrosparkle

Four Fifty Three hated every minute of his day at Brighton - the track, the firmish ground and we can just forget what happened. He will be back on the all-weather next time. Sometimes these things work out and sometimes they don’t, yesterday was the latter. Mind you so did Sir Marks as well.

Cloud formation over Newmarket this morning

It was great to read that they found the lad who went walkabout at Richard Guest's and I am sure he will be back in the fold very quickly. There is a lot of pressure on the staff and they are working to the maximum capacity, especially when they are travelling and getting back so late only to be in early the next day. These 8.45 races at Wolverhampton are no good to anybody and it is a good thing that next year the latest race will be 8.30.

I am delighted to see that the trainer whose lad was only helping get a horse to the start last week, by throwing a bit of water at it, has had his fine cancelled. It is completely barmy that this situation has ever risen. As the rules stand, you cannot help anybody do anything with the horses nowadays, which is the most stupid rule ever brought in. It is caused by politically correct BHA staff that know nothing about horses but receive the odd letter from the public when one is given a crack to go into the stalls. In France they can do anything and there is very little trouble, but we, in our wisdom, aren’t allowed to do a thing. There is no common sense or horse sense whatsoever at the BHA and the sooner we get some the better.


We have one runner today at Brighton

Monday, 03 September 2018

"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score."

Bill Copeland.

It's a foggy start this morning

The mist is slowing rising

It’s a warm morning and getting hotter by the minute. There is absolutely no wind and it looks like staying like this for the next couple of days. It will certainly be drying the ground and we will be back watering the garden. I just hope that the clerks of the courses don’t put too much water on as at this time of year any rain will make the ground on the easy side. There is also always plenty of dew as well. With Tim on holiday I have been in early to supervise everything and I must say everybody is doing very well. We have lost a moderate rider, but gained a good one so that is a plus and the horses have been doing a good canter on Southfields Round at each lot.

Cantering on the polytracks

We have one runner today at Brighton in the 5.05, the amateur riders’ race over a mile and a quarter. The chaplain to racing, Simon Bailey, has called in and he said he is having £1 of his hard earned money on it, so that is the kiss of death. He did say though that he was going to give it some divine help and we all need that at regular intervals. There are a few non-runners already in this race, I think because of the ground, and it will be interesting to see how we get on. If he handles this switchback course he should be competitive.

Exercise over 

I see one of Richard Guest's staff has gone missing and concern is rising as to what could have happened. I hope he is found quickly. There is so much help nowadays within our profession to sort out any problems he may have.

Our best wishes also go to Alan Bailey’s assistant who was taken ill on Saturday. He isn’t very old and let’s hope he can make a quick recovery as he is a great help to Alan.


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