An exciting Arc in store ...


We have three runners today

Thursday, 25 September 2014

"There is no actual law that says that a person of inner beauty cannot also maintain an appearance."

Robert Brault.

Crystal Pearl (Frankie)

It’s a much cooler today but once again it is dry and we have had a good morning using Side Hill polytrack and the grass. There were plenty of horses about on the heath first thing and there were loose ones everywhere. I managed to catch one of Clive Brittain’s as it galloped towards us in the wood at the top of Warren Hill, and one of Mr Cumani’s was going flat out towards the town, but it looked like being caught along Sir Mark Prescott’s wall. It makes for an exciting morning but it is always good when they are caught without any mishaps.

Hold Firm with some of his delighted owners at Redcar

 (photograph courtesy of Andrew Skelton)

We were very pleased with Hold Firm yesterday who, from his not very good draw, finished fourth to delight his syndicate and the each way backers. He is sure to win races as he is game and genuine. It did take him a while to twig what was expected, but he is getting the idea now. My Guardian Angel looks like he needs at least 1m 4f nowadays, as he was only just starting to get going when the race was over. I think the race will throw quite a few winners though and novice chases is our aim from now on, but he is a very versatile horse who always does his best.

Blue Bounty (Abbie)

We have three runners today, two at Pontefract and one here at Newmarket. Toptempo runs here on ground that will be just good enough for her, she is a much better filly on soft ground. She had a problem with a cut joint which took time to heal and that is the reason we have been off so long. This race will put her spot on and with autumn rain hopefully on the horizon, we can win races with her in the next couple of months. We also have two two-year-old’s at Pontefract. Humphry Repton runs in the first, the 6f maiden. He is drawn right on the wide outside, which is as bad as you can get, but the experience today will do him the world of good and he will improve considerably for the outing. A big attractive horse, he certainly has a future. Our other runner, Peeps, is for Judi Dench and Bryan Agar and she runs in the 1m maiden at 4.40. She ran reasonably well in quite a hot maiden at Newmarket first time out and I think if getting some cover today, she should possibly make the frame. The ground may just be on the fast side for her, but once again the experience will do her no harm whatsoever.

Prayer Time (Reece)

There was an article in the Racing Post today about the Chinese Horse Club, and how it is starting to develop. Although China hasn’t got any betting there yet, their interest in horses continue to grow and if it allowed to develop in the right way I can see it being huge in 20 or so years time. The Hong Kong industry has always been massive and there is no reason why the Chinese can’t develop (even if not along the gambling lines) their industry into a thriving one, but will need lots of international help with stud farms, vets, blacksmiths, integrity, courses etc. There is so much opportunity out there, all the young trainers and industry professionals should be learning Chinese.


After some stalls training, they are now ready to run

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

"A pillow for thee will I bring,

Stuffed with down of angel’s wing."

Richard Crashaw.

Peeps (Jessica) and Bracken Brae (Abbie) jumping out 

It started off mild and dry this morning and we got away with it at first lot where we had a canter on Bury Side, but just as we were having a trot in the indoor ride at second lot, the heavens opened and it poured down for a good half an hour. It’s great for the ground here at Newmarket tomorrow, as it won’t dry up to be any faster than at least good. We put six horses through the stalls and they are now ready to run, which we will be doing in the very near future.

Astrodiamond (Reece) and Smile That Smile (Sophie) walking home

We have two runners today, both up at Redcar. Hold Firm runs in the mile nursery at 2.50. It is very hard to find these mile nurseries for lower rated horses, as they are few and far between hence the big field. It will be interesting to see how the draw plays out, but he improved last time to run a good fourth and there has been some reasonable form following on from that run. There looks to me to be one or two unexposed horses here that are having their first fun in a nursery today, but I am sure he will not be disgraced and should run another sound race.

Our other runner is My Guardian Angel who runs in the 1m 2f race at 4.35. The ground will only just be ok for him and he ran a very sound race in his last two runs, both on the flat and over hurdles, in fact he was very unlucky not to have won both of them. This looks a reasonably competitive race but I am hopeful of another good run.

It's nice to see Darren and Steve happy in their work

I see the self certification of the non-runner rule has reared its head again, with two trainers having the ability to do so without a veterinary certificate withdrawn. 48 hour declarations have a lot to answer for and there will always be people who try and get round the system. It is always annoying when you get a draw in a race that you know you can’t win from, but owners understand this as well as trainers and although costly, it is up to the tracks themselves to improve the ground and position of the stalls so that it is fair to everybody. You just can’t withdraw because you don’t like the draw. But I am afraid in some cases this is what happens, especially when horses have got to travel a long way, at huge expense, with the knowledge that they will have no hope whatsoever of earning any prize money. Until we get back to 24 hour declarations and no self certificates, this will continue to happen.


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