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We have four runners today

Thursday, 07 September 2017

"Take care of the earth and she will take care of you."

Anon.

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Gee Sixty Six and Indian Red

It is a bright morning with no wind and a perfect temperature for this time of year. I think it is the lull before the storm though as there is a lot of rain forecast for the next few days. At least we have not got the hurricane, which is presently hitting the Caribbean and on its way to the Florida coast. It must be so frightening for all involved and you certainly wouldn’t want to be living on a boat in the path of the oncoming storm. We have been lucky in Britain for many years, but I can still remember the last big storm we had which flattened so many trees across the farm land and the training grounds.

We were galloping our horses on the Peat Moss ground this morning. They didn’t reach hurricane speed, but they came a good windy clip and Tim and I were both delighted with what we saw. 

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Astroblaze and Astrofire

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Astrobreeze leading True Calling

Last night’s runner, Topalova, travelled well for a long way and then got swamped in the straight. I’m not sure what to make of it, but she may have some headgear fitted next time she appears.

We have four runners today, all tonight at Chelmsford and thank goodness it is only an hour or so away as we are in the 9.10, which means another late night for the lads. Our first runner is Roof Garden in the 5.40. He is a lovely big colt, with a future, but he is the only debutant in this race and the others will have far more experience than him tonight. He will benefit greatly from today’s outing.

Four Fifty Three is our second runner in the 6.10, the mile nursery. He won nicely here last time, but this is a much better race and the bottom weight is extremely well in, handicap wise, and the others have all got chances. I am sure he will run with credit though.

We then have a two hour wait until Lost The Moon runs in the one mile six furlong handicap. She is a course and distance winner here and has had a long break since her last run. I think she will just need this outing after all that time and it will be interesting to see how fit she actually is. She has never stopped growing and is now well over 16 2.

Our final runner, Velvet Voice, is in the mile and a quarter maiden at 9.10. There are very few races for her over the trip and handicap mark she has, so I thought, for the good prize money, it is worth having a go here, but you always run into good horses which there are several in this contest. I hope she can earn so prize money.

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Clearance

I don’t know why people have to try and beat the system in our sport and I see the first cobalt positive test is now going to a BHA enquiry. There are always people trying to get an edge and using whatever they think is undetectable, the world over, whether it is Australia or America, plus other jurisdictions. There are unscrupulous so called professionals trying to win by any means. I suppose it has always gone on, but it always disappoints me that people try and cheat. It is the same in athletics and cycling and I am sure that drugs are wide spread in the soccer world and a lot of positive tests are kept under the carpet to stop the publicity, but it is disappointing all the same and I am 100% behind clean sports that are completely drug free.

 

We have one runner today at Kempton

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

"Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us."

Henrik Tikkanen.

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Saint Anthony

It’s a sunny morning with a slight breeze which is just keeping the temperature down. We have had a busy morning with the horses, cantering on Southfield Turf, and we have had a couple through the stalls over by the racecourse. Everybody is in who should be in to ride out, but there is one non-runner from the yard staff. Luckily we have one of our prospective young employees in. She has left school now and is working in the yard before going off to the racing school. It is great to see a young person full of enthusiasm and who absolutely loves horses.

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Roof Garden

We have one runner today, tonight at Kempton at the unbelievably late time of 8.55. This means the staff and horse will be back tomorrow and all for the grand total of under £2,000 to the winner. We must all be stupid to do it as the racecourses are making £12,000 per race from the media right money, and just putting £3,500 back in. Increased minimum values must be the main aim for the Horseman’s Group, who supposedly represent the professionals. Minimum values must rise to at least five grand for this standard of race.

Topalova has the worst draw as well, 14 of 14, although I think there is one non-runner, and that was drawn in 13, which says it all. It is very hard to win from that draw, especially when the field sizes are what they are. It is alright for people to moan about horses being withdrawn, but when you have got the expenses of evening racing, which will be horrendous tonight, you are running for a pittance and you know you have very little chance and have got to get exceedingly lucky form the draw, it can be off putting. If she was drawn in the first half of the stalls, one to seven, I would tell you she has a sound chance of being competitive, but drawn like she is, we have to be extremely fortunate.

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Velvet Voice

After yesterday’s good piece by Alastair Down, it is followed up today by Julian Muscatt in his Wednesday column. He’s stating the obvious to all who are clear thinkers and normal that the efforts of the promoters of our industry have got us nowhere with the concept of champion race weekends, whether it be in Ireland, France or our own Champions Day. Each one is an individual jamboree and has different things to offer, but as for being a championship with the same horses taking each other on, it is a near impossibility. Horses are not Grand Prix cars that you can swap engines and tyres between races. My point here is we don’t want to waste money, that could be used elsewhere, to promote a day or a weekend that will be well attended anyway. As Julian says “doubtless there are people in darkened rooms who will be contriving that some daft progress has been made” but his theory is in America they have the Breeders Cup with one Classic, whereas in Europe we have three which dilute the competition.

 
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