"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."
My Guardian Angel
It’s an amazingly mild morning once again with absolutely no wind and for December 2nd, we have got away with the winter very well so far. Side Hill polytrack has been the mornings exercise canter, with some doing two and some doing one. They all look really well with very shiny coats and plenty of life about them, which is always a good sign.
Walking into the indoor school
Akula once again blotted his copybook after jumping very well for a long way. He took a dive at the cross fence just before entering the straight and un-lodged Colin once again. It was very disappointing after his clear round at Ludlow, and I think after discussions with the owners this weekend, we will be reverting back to hurdles. He is very good in that sphere and I wouldn’t like anything to happen to him or Colin.
Like Clockwork ran a reasonable race and had a very good blow afterwards. He may not be as fit as I think he is and I might have to do plenty more with him at home. However, I think the winner of the race, a group performer on the flat, will be pretty useful.
We have two runners today, both at Kempton. Comrade Bond runs in the 2.50. He has certainly got a chance of making the frame, in what is a competitive contest for the prize money.
Our other runner is Astrovirtue who didn’t show much on the very soft ground at Yarmouth
in October. This surface should suit much better but once again, there are a lot of expensive horses in this race. He is not very experienced and is a big scopy horse that will be better next year. I am hoping for a reasonable run from him today and we have Ben Curtis riding. Ben has come over from Ireland
to try his luck over here. He has been riding for John Oxx, which is recommendation in itself, and with any luck he could start to get his star rising next season in England
The foal sale finished last week with both average and median up, which just goes to show how fearless the buyers are. However, I think a lot of the top lots were bought to race rather than re-sell. It is now becoming quite popular and the thought process is that if you buy foals, it is cheaper than yearlings. It is the mares this week and the first two days have the so called better class ones. They certainly have the better pedigrees and are in foal to the more expensive stallions.
I see there are more complaints about the surface at Wolverhampton
today in the Racing Post. The sooner they shut the course down and put a new polytrack surface there, the better. It will only get worse as we get the frost and snow and the kickback will increase. Trainers will just not run horses there if this is the case, and there are plenty of stories of horses breaking down, whether it be on the day or things coming to light in the days after running. I know it is a big job and a loss of revenue for Wolverhampton
, but the meetings could switch to Lingfield, or at a pinch Southwell, which is nearly as bad as Wolverhampton
in my opinion, but something certainly needs doing about these tracks. Once again, how we need one at Newmarket
or a new one in the north.