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We have one runner today at Sandown

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

"Don’t let the alarm clock of life wake you from the dream of your ideals."

Terri Guillemets.

(L-R) Topapinion, Rum Ration and Four Fifty Three

We had very heavy thunderstorms last night with plenty of lightening and noise. 16mm of rain fell, which meant the closure of the Peat Moss and Watered gallop on racecourse side. We have been cantering and galloping on Southfields turf this morning plus the two-year-olds came Across The Flat gallop in bunches. All has gone reasonably well.


Unfortunately Dot Green reared and missed the break yesterday, which was disappointing as without that mishap I think we would definitely have been in the first four. For those of you who have been to Beverley you will know that the ground falls away on the bend and you have to negotiate it before starting to make ground in the straight. Consequently it always suits those that are handily placed, which we weren’t. A flat straight seven to a mile on firm ground is her ideal.

Today we have one runner in the 8.40 at Sandown. I would think the jockeys will need miner’s lamps on their hats if it is overcast at that time. Gee Sixty Six runs in the one mile six furlong three-year-old handicap. He unfortunately pulled a plate off last time entering the stalls but is not without a chance tonight and will be a big price.

True Calling

Our best wishes go to Ana O’Brien who had a terrible fall in Ireland last night. She was air lifted to hospital and will be getting the best of care. It just goes to show that you never know what is going to happen and it certainly can be a dangerous profession. I didn’t see the race, so cannot comment on the incident, but one thing I am sure of is that the stewards should be very strict with jockeys who cause any interference that results in accidents. It has been happening a lot more lately and although it is very hard to keep a ton of horse flesh in the direction you want it to, every effort should be made by the jockeys to keep their horses and others safe.

Velvet Vision

Our congratulations go to Peter Stanley who has taken over as chairman of the Jockey Club Estates which run the gallops and property here in Newmarket. Peter runs New England Stud and manages Stanley House Stud for his brother. He has a great knowledge of horses and in my opinion will be a top class chairman as I have seen him chair the Racing Centre, where I am a trustee. The Duke of Roxburghe has been appointed chairman of the National Stud taking over from Ben Sangster. It is all new there with a new stud groom and let’s hope he can persuade whoever owns them to stand some new and exciting stallions at the stud. It has the infrastructure in place it just needs the inmates.


We have one runner today at Beverley

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin.

Saint Anthony yesterday on Hamilton Hill

.. and walking back home

It’s an overcast morning with a very slight breeze and it is forecast to stay like it all day. We have been cantering on the polytracks on Southfields this morning, a good mile canter, followed by a good long walk back. All has gone well. We have got one or two staff vacancies once again, so please read our job board on the website.


 Astrostorm wasn’t disgraced last night. He was never quite in the right position but stayed on well to the finish. It looks like two miles will suit him and he will certainly jump hurdles in time.

Our runner today is at Beverley where Dot Green runs in the 4.15, the 7 ½ furlong handicap. We are dropping her back in trip and will see if it works. It is a tricky course and we will have to get lucky with how the race develops, but the hill should suit and let’s hope she can get us back on the right road.

Hold Firm

The Racing Post has another front page headline of horses being deliberately stopped. Once again it is against a smaller trainer / jockey / owner, with very little information to go on. We have not been told yet how much each individual is supposed to have won, and the case is continuing, but why do we have to have this constant talking down of racing, with the whip, the apprentice jockey exploitation and now this against small players in our industry. The Racing Post should be singing racings praises, not constantly talking it down.


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