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We have two runners today at Leicester

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

"Why should a man's mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body?"

Thomas Hardy.

Strings passing on the horsewalk

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, with a blue sky, no wind and a good temperature. The one thing I have noticed the last few days is the very heavy dews we are getting, which always helps the grass remain healthy. We have had a very quiet morning doing a couple of canters with all the strings, using the town canter and Bury Hills chalk pits to the top of the hill. All has gone very smoothly.

Walking to exercise

We have two runners today, both at Leicester. Prayer Time runs in the first at 2.20. He got a bit lost at Newmarket but will know a bit more this time and I am hoping he can finish mid division. He is a big tall horse who will be better as a three-year-old. Our other runner is Lexi Grady Alice in the 3.20. The same comments apply to her after her run at Newmarket. This is a big step downwards, as the race she ran in Newmarket has already thrown up winners. She is not drawn very well in 10 and I am not sure about the firm ground, but I will expect her to be a lot more competitive in this sort of contest.

Cooling down after exercise

It is interesting to see that Criquette Head-Maarek, the trainer of Treve, has asked if Thierry Jarnet can replace Frankie Dettori for the last two runs of the mare. I think her thinking is that Thierry gets on very well with the mare and knows her much better than Frankie. Having a stable jockey can work very well, but sometimes they don’t hit it off with some horses for one reason or another and a change can often work. It may work, we will have to wait and see, but to my eyes she has not run on the right ground or track yet this year and may even be not as good as she was. There are so many things to take into account, especially as fillies get older.


The weather is set fair for the week

Monday, 08 September 2014

"Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true."

William Inge.

Hold Firm (Ali), Prayer Time (Farhan) and Astromajor (Reece)

We have a blue sky, no wind and the temperature is set to rise once the sun gets high in the sky, and it looks set fair to be like it most of the week. The south missed all the rain over the weekend but the northern tracks got a good dollop and are mainly good, good to soft at present. We have been out on Side Hill this morning having a good healthy exercise around the mile and a quarter polytrack. Everybody is in and all working well.

Crystal Pearl (Frankie), Astrodiamond (Abbie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Emelie)

I must make a comment once again, on the article that appeared in the Racing Post on Sunday about access to the Newmarket training grounds. I am speaking now as Chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Federation, which represents every trainer in the area. The facts are these, nothing, and I repeat, nothing has changed from the point of view of the publics viewing on the heath. Everybody is always welcome to park their car or walk up form the town and watch the horses training. They have always stood in safe areas and both public and trainers get on like a house on fire. There is plenty of banter between strings and viewers. Why this has blown up I don’t know. We must have safety at work for our members and the owners who are paying fees to train the horses. We all have permits to train, both nationally and from Jockey Club estates to use the heath in Newmarket. Safety at work is our priority, both for staff and horses. If you were watching Manchester United train you would have to stand in a restricted area, even if you could get there. It is the same thing with Newmarket, in fact Newmarket is much more accessible than any premiership football club. You just couldn’t walk into anybody’s business, into a factory, behind the scenes in a supermarket, it is just not the real world, so why this position has been taken by the Racing Post I am not sure. There is still the same accessibility to the training grounds there always was and let nobody say that is untrue.

Peeps (Jessica)

It’s the yearling sales and the Horses In Training sale in the next couple of months and once again the Newmarket Horses In Training sale has come up trumps. A few years ago there was Makfi, who went on to win the 2000 guineas and on Saturday we saw G Force, who was snapped up for £25,000 in the Horses In Training sale win the Group 1 Haydock sprint. We will be attending all the sales and if anybody wants to buy a winner please get in touch.


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