We have two runners today at Chelmsford
Monday, 15 August 2016
"Happiness is a place between too little and too much."
Topamichi leading on the woodchip canter
It’s a perfect working morning once again, dry, a slight breeze, a good temperature and everybody happy. We have been using various all-weather canters and the woodchip on Southfields this morning and all has gone well once again. Let’s hope it continues like this for the rest of the week, although I think I did see the forecast was for wet weather next weekend.
Regal Galaxy failed to stay at Lingfield at the weekend and I will now be reverting to a mile and a half, which I think will be a much more suitable trip. She may also have been in season as she was showing signs yesterday and today. It is sometimes very hard with horses in training and young fillies to pick up any signs of this beforehand and it is only afterwards, when they have underperformed, that you find out.
We have two runners today, both at Chelmsford, both for Mr Reed and both homebreds. Sandwood Bay runs in the first at 2 o’clock in what looks a reasonably competitive fillies maiden. She ran better than her finishing position last time when she was sixth at Yarmouth, has a good draw today and I am hopeful she will perform with credit. I am sure she is capable of winning races this season. Careless Rapture is our other runner at 4 o’clock. She has shown very little this year, is out of the handicap and I am just hoping the increase in trip and blinkers might bring about some improvement.
Heavensfield leading Dot Green and Desert River
It’s the Ebor meeting at York this week starting on Wednesday and culminating in the Ebor handicap on Saturday. It is a fantastic meeting and I think one of the best of the year. You have got the Juddmonte International and the Voltigeur to kick start the week off. It is another one of those must go to meetings sometime in your life. There will be a big crowd every day and you don’t need pop groups, just horses and exciting racing, to get good crowds. There is all this talk at the moment about attracting new people to race meetings as we saw on Saturday at Market Rasen. They saw a record crowd, but they had only come to see the singer, not the racing. I don’t understand why racecourses don’t just put on a pop concert and do away with the racing. All it does is alienate normal racing fans, but the courses don’t seem to mind doing that.
Desert River acts on the turf
Friday, 12 August 2016
"Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim."
The string cantering
It's a much better morning weather-wise with no wind, some sunshine and a very good working temperature which I am sure will be climbing as the day goes on. First lot went over and did some work on the Peat Moss gallop which rode very well, and second lot has been on the Rubbing House polytrack. The horses are looking in great condition and with them starting to run into form, if we can steer clear of any more coughing, we have plenty to look forward to.
Desert River ran a very sound race last night to finish second. I was delighted he went in the stalls and behaved himself. He got the 7 furlongs well and this opens plenty of avenues now, including on the turf which he handled very well. The ground last night was very good after the Clerk of the Course had obviously over watered. We have one runner this weekend tomorrow night at Lingfield.
We run Regal Galaxy at Lingfield in the 7.35 which is the 2 mile handicap. She's out of the handicap but has run well here before and should not disgrace herself.
I am delighted to say the Jockey Club has now announced that they are going to build 145 new dwellings that are specifically for racing personnel split between two sites on the Hamilton Road here in Newmarket. I have been pushing for this initative for along time now as the rents and house prices have been escalating for the last fifteen years in the town. It will mean stable staff can have a modern, up-to-date home and if they want to can get on the housing ladder. I thank the Jockey Club and everybody involved in this campaign.
The other news to relay is that Sean O'Connor, whom many of my owners will know, is to become the Chief Executive of the Racing Centre here in Newmarket. As a trustee of the Centre I am delighted with this news and know he will do a top class job pulling the community and the racing world together. We have revolutionised the Centre over the past few years with the Racefit Gym , physiotherapists and new bars. In addition we now have Racing Welfare and the Stable Staff Association with their offices on site so it is a one stop centre for everybody. Sean has the full backing of the trustees and there are exciting times ahead.
Yet another ground article in the Post today this time on the going preference by sires. If you read the whole article it's purely common sense that it is confirmation and action which plays the biggest part in deciding the prefered ground of any horse. I think the sire idea can work in a small way as sires that stamp their stock i.e. ones with long pasterns or short coupled can influence tha action of their offspring. Basically though when you are buying a horse you look at the individual and buy what you like regardless of what ground the sire and the dam went on.
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