Horse welfare is paramount ...

Topaling gets her head in front

Thursday, 07 August 2014

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

Christopher Reeve.

My Guardian Angel (Abbie)

It certainly is not as muggy as it has been for the last fortnight and in fact it was very pleasant at 6 o’clock this morning, but as the day has gone on it has got progressively warmer and I feel some pressure building up. Let’s hope we get the expected rain during the next few days. We went cantering round Side Hill first lot and second lot through the stalls, as well as Bury Hill. Everybody was in a good frame of mind and on top form after yesterday’s winner. It always cheers everybody up and they deserve it, as the team has been working very hard without much reward lately.

Topaling in the parade ring (photograph courtesy of Phil Agius)

It was great to see Topaling win yesterday, in what was quite an exciting race. It was marvellous to train another winner for Mike Bowring and a homebred winner for the stud. Topatori, her dam, has been a most brilliant broodmare. She very sadly died last year but we have this filly and  a very nice Champs Elysees yearling to keep her line going. She took an age to know what was expected of her but once getting the idea she fairly flew home. This was only a little handicap but nevertheless I think she is on the upward curve and hopefully we can win another race or two with her. I think she will stay a bit further and will get stronger as she gets older. Thank you to all the people who have sent a text or phoned to say well done, it is always appreciated. Also thank you to Phil Agius who was there yesterday and took the photo of her in the parade ring. If anybody ever wants to send in photos we will try and put them on the website and give you credit.

Swilken (Tom)

We have one runner today at Southwell. Hold Firm runs tonight in the 5.50, the 7f maiden. He has not run very well in his two runs so far and I hope he may handle the surface and the kickback here. The only one thing that will come out of this is that he will be handicapped and it will open up a number of opportunities for him. I think 1m to 1m 2f nursery on soft ground could hopefully see him in a better light.

The horses crossing the road

This whole episode of whether a banned jockey can come back and ride again is hitting the headlines and is front page on the Racing Post. It is amazing to me that when a jockey is banned for deliberately stopping a horse, he can ever ride again but he has already been licensed in America, Spain and Ireland so he is earning a living in the sport already. This shows once again that each racing jurisdiction just does what it wants and will allow disqualified persons from one country to work in their own. Why we can’t get a worldwide agreement, I will never understand.