A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

It's quite chilly in the shade

Monday, 14 April 2014

"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something."


Whilst the horses go one way, the tractor goes the other!

Although it is a bright sunny morning, it’s quite cold in the shade and the wind certainly doesn’t help the temperature. The forecast for the week is quite similar, but I think getting colder for the Easter weekend. We have been doing two canters with everything this morning on Bury Side and it’s been pretty quiet, with not many of the big strings about. It may be that we just missed them, or they pulled out early enough, which some of the strings tend to do.

Prayer Time and Hold Firm

We have one runner today, our first runner on the turf this season. Topamichi runs at Pontefract in the 2.40, 1m handicap. A bad draw right on the outside, will mean we have to drop him in and ride him to get lucky. It’s just pot luck with the draws, sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t, but it does make a tremendous amount of difference as to how you ride the horses. Today is a perfect example of this. He seems in good form and looks very well. It will be a pointer as to how fit we have got the horses at this stage in the season.

Astrocat and Peeps

As I said on Friday, there was some good racing at the weekend, and a few races, especially at Newbury, were very informative. It looked a good Greenham on paper and the winner won very impressively. He has always been held in high regard and the Guineas will be the next step. I was delighted to see a Footstepsinthesand filly win the Fred Darling, as we have a nice foal by him at home, and our Galtres winner, Brushing, is in foal to him this year. The Scottish National turned out a good race, and both that and the Grand National were won by smaller trainers, which is always great to see. 

Nancy and Topaling

I see the Professional Jockeys Association is disappointed, like me, that the apprentice race has been scraped from British Champions Day. They talk about developing the day into a show piece of British racing, but this decision has done nothing but harm. The apprentices had a chance on this day to shine before a big audience and if we are not going to give them that, how are we going to encourage them? Another big mile handicap in its place, will only mean another chance for a big yard to win a handicap with a group horse. It meant so much to the boys and it was beginning to get well supported. We must give the young jockeys of the future, a chance to shine and improve. This was their highlight of the year, which has now gone.