Topaling runs tonight at Wolverhampton
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
"God has given you a face, you make yourself another."
The string walking back
We have got wind coming from the arctic this morning and if you are anywhere in the open, you need five layers of clothing on to keep warm. It is expected to continue this way until at least next week. I have kept the horses quite close to home today. First lot did some fast work on the Rubbing House polytrack and the rest have been doing two Yorkshire canters on Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far.
Smile That Smile
It was one of those days yesterday when at ten to twelve we got the phone call to say that Saleem was ill with flu and couldn’t get out of bed and would be off for the next few days. This meant I had to find a jockey for the two runners at Chelmsford, plus today at Wolverhampton and tomorrow at Pontefract. With the amount of fixtures we had on, all the top jockeys were either going on to Windsor after the 4 o’clock at Chelmsford, going out for dinner or already had a ride in the races. Tom Brown jumped up to the plate and gave the first filly a very good ride. Heavensfield, who was very green throughout, got the idea late on and stayed on well in a race that will turn out to produce nothing but winners. He unfortunately clipped heals when trying to launch a challenge in the last and the least said about that the better. I managed to get Luke Morris to ride today and Philip Makin on Wednesday. Our other runner, Sant’Elia, blew for half an hour and I wasn’t too disappointed with her run.
Today we have Topaling running at Wolverhampton in the ten past eight. She loves this course and has won over the trip, but with only three runners now it will be a muddling race, so you never know what will happen. At least we will be picking up prize money.
It is the first day of the Punchestown Festival, which goes on all week. I don’t think it is quite as riotous as the Galway Festival, but it is a fantastic place to go, with the races being top class and the Irish hospitality usually second to none. There will be plenty of sore heads as the week goes on, especially if the favourites keep winning. This festival is the climax of the Irish jump season and trainers try and plan around it, very similar to Cheltenham and Liverpool. I think you can do two of the three, but have to have a supreme horse to do all three.
Exquisite blossom at the yard
We have three runners today
Monday, 25 April 2016
"We know what we are, but not what we may be."
It started off dry this morning, cold, but no rain. Unfortunately, as the morning has gone on and as we write this daily news, the rain is bouncing off the top of the cabin. Thank goodness there is very little wind, which is just keeping the temperature bearable. According to the Countryfile forecasters it is going to get progressively colder as the week goes on, even some snow is forecast. We still have two big rugs on all the horses which is a good thing at present and there is one mare left to foal. She is still hanging on and who can blame her in this weather. She is six days overdue now and it looks like it will be at least the end of the week before we have a new little darling. The exercise of the morning has been cantering on Southfields Round and all has gone well.
Lost The Moon
We have three runners today, two at Chelmsford and one at Southwell. Heavensfield is our first runner at Chelmsford at 4.30. I think I picked one of the hottest maidens for this filly to start off in with at least five of them looking to be above average. I have always liked this filly who is by Motivator and it will be fascinating to see how she takes to the track and to the hurly burly of the day. She will only improve for the outing and I am sure in time she will be a very nice filly.
Our next runner is then at Southwell in the 4.40. Sant’Elia runs under Tom Queally. I think the handicapper has gone slightly barmy given her 64, but she is a very big filly who I have had to give plenty of time to come to hand. Whether she will handle Southwell is open to debate and we will only know today when she steps on the surface for the first time. It will be very interesting to see how she runs.
Our last runner is then back at Chelmsford in the 5 o’clock, the mile and a quarter three-year-old handicap. Topalova makes her handicap debut. She is a filly that will love the turf and improve again for a bit more distance. This surface should suit, but she has done all her racing at Lingfield so I am just hopeful of a reasonable run today.
Authorised ex Four Miracles colt (See the sydicate page)
It was the climax of the National Hunt season at Sandown on Saturday and all the titles were decided and presented on that day. It is a shame there is only four days between the end of the season and the start of the next one. With the racecourses being so keen to put on meetings which are good revenue raisers, there is no break at all and I think it is very short sighted in this respect. If all the jumping boys and horses could have three weeks to a month off, which could easily be organised, it would help everything. It would recharge the batteries for the personnel and it would let the racecourse recover from the pounding they have had all winter, but I am afraid that in today’s modern society, money and marketing men call the tune. It is just a sign of the times.
Velvet Voice leading Stellekaya
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