Off to Doncaster Saturday with one runner ...


Some proper rain at last

Monday, 27 July 2015

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."

Maori Proverb.

Mr Turner leading Hold Firm and Astromajor

There was plenty of rain over the weekend and we still had a few showers this morning. We had 40mls on Saturday and around another 10mls yesterday. It's still spitting but amazingly the ground is only just starting to be "canterable" on now. We have been on the polytrack on Southfields with most of the string.

Legal Art, Permera and Regal Galaxy

Our runners on Saturday started with Comrade Bond who had every chance, was given a good ride by Saleem but seemed to fade at the furlong pole. He was found to have been struck into on both hind legs when coming back in. No wonder he failed to get into contention after these cuts occurred. He was very lucky that they didn't hit the tendons but there are severe lacerations on the outside of his near hind hock and on the inside of his off hind hock. Peeps ran a sound race once again without having any luck. The outside draw was against her and when she wanted to make up ground she was blocked in. She finished with a flourish and would have been second in a few strides. She is a winner waiting to happen.

Walking out to the Rubbing House canter

The BHA have got themselves in a real tangle over the Ascot race where the starter let the field go with the favourite without a jockey as he was on the side of the stalls. The horse was then declared a runner but obviously should have been a non-runner. It will be fascinating to see what happens and what fines are dished out to everybody when the inquiry is concluded. With the first two jockeys in the King George receiving whip bans, it wasn't the finest hour for the authorities.

Sweeping Beauty on Hamilton Hill

How fantastic to see Chris Froome, the winner of the Tour de France, on the front pages of the major papers today, and what an amazing  achievement by him, but wouldn't it be great if our Derby winner was front page news.


We have two runners tomorrow at Lingfield

Friday, 24 July 2015

"We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them."

Elbert Hubbard.

Singing Hinnie and Sant'Elia

It’s just started to rain. Put the flags up, call the lifeboats, it’s supposed to continue all day now. I can hear the grass actually drinking it as it falls. It will do the power of good across the country. We used the watered gallop at first lot, which now seems rather silly, but there was no sign of rain then and the ground was perfect. Most of the others have used the round on Southfields and Hamilton Hill. All has gone smoothly. 

Legal Art, Humphry Repton and Blue Bounty

We will be having a couple of runners tomorrow at Lingfield, where hopefully they are getting this rain. Comrade Bond runs in the 7 o’clock, the 7f on the turf. He is not drawn too badly for a change, has been dropping down the weights and if he gets a clear run, must have a sound chance of being there or there abouts. Peeps runs in the last, the 8.30 on the all-weather. We have come down in trip a little with her and she is taking older horses on. Once again her draw is against her, as it was last time, but I am hoping she can show what she is worth once more.

Smile That Smile and Prayer Time

The Cheltenham Festival is never out of the Racing Post and once again they have managed to get a double page spread about a new race at next year’s meeting, which is not until next March. Another novice hurdle, but this time for fillies only has been announced. It possibly could bolster the number of fillies kept in training, but could be just another one for the big yards to hoover up. I think they could have come up with some much more imaginative race planning, but who am I to upset the applecart. 

Bracken Brae and Permera

I didn’t see the BBC documentary on bookmakers and their shops, but I am told it was not too inspiring and didn’t encourage anybody who has never been in a betting shop to enter. In fact I think the reverse, it would put them off. Evidently the manager was a jovial sort who was trying his best, but really these shops nowadays are for the machine players and for others to keep out of the rain. There are actually two more programmes and I will have to record them as it is past my bedtime. 

Mr Turner leading Comrade Bond

It’s the King George on Saturday with a reasonably supporting field, but the ground may change which might result in quite a few withdrawals. We will have to wait and see. The big races come thick and fast each weekend at present, with Glorious Goodwood upon us next week with the cavalry charge of the Stewards Cup on the Saturday. I will be trying my best to give you all the winners as normal. I may have a challenger and I hope he is already studying the form book, and after Ascot he needs to!


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