It's Champions weekend ...

Let's hope it doesn't dry up too much

Friday, 18 July 2014

"Follow your passion, and success will follow you."

Terri Guillemets.

Topaling (Emilie) and Crystal Pearl (Sinead)

We woke up to thunderstorms at 4.30 this morning, with streaks of lightening and great bangs of thunder. I don’t think we had torrents of rain, but there were plenty of puddles as I drove into Newmarket. The clerk of the course has told us we have only had 3mm, which is very little. A quiet morning cantering with a pick of grass has gone well so far and we have got a couple of very backward two-year-olds about to have their first canter on the heath after breakfast.

Hold Firm (Tom) and Topamichi (Glenn)

I have decided to let Comrade Bond take his chance tonight. I had a walk on the July course with my stick at 9.30 ish and the point goes in about 3 ½ inches. I don’t think there will be any jar in the ground but if it dries up during the day and evening, there is still the possibility I won’t run him. If I do, although he has run badly at Newmarket twice, it will be interesting to see how he goes, as he seems in very good form at home.

My Guardian Angel enjoying the grass

I was thinking about the all-weather track at Great Leighs yesterday. Reading between the lines, it looks like they are going to put the stand once again in the middle of the track, which is a complete waste of time and money. The old one, that has now been taken away, was borrowed from when the Ryder Cup was in Ireland and you couldn’t see a thing, apart from the final furlong. It looks to me as if this will be the case once again. Also, the article that was in the Post this week about Newmarket trainers not wanting an all-weather track in Newmarket, was completely off beat, as it is one of the most wanted things in the town. They made out in the article that the track was going to be adjacent to the Rowley Mile, which was muted years ago but quite rightly got short shift from everybody. This was always a non-starter, but a big round galloping all-weather track would be a tremendous boon to the town. Great Leighs is close and will be used by all Newmarket trainers, but I am sure it will be mostly evening racing which cranks up the costs to the owner. If you have no transport costs, which you wouldn’t have at Newmarket, it would be a tremendous help to the training costs. I don’t know why people can’t see this and have a thought for the future of the town and the sport.

The empty stands on the July course

I see five horses have tested positive for morphine, but we are not going to know anything about it until the enquiry into it has progressed. So why tell us in the first place? If you can’t name names and let everybody know what is happening, don’t say anything at all. If it is contaminated feed we all want to know. If it is something else, then let us know that as well. Don’t just throw the line out and keep everybody dangling.