Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Overcast and warm today

Monday, 01 September 2014

"An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the 

hole in it."

Robert Brault.

Astromajor (Reece)

It’s an overcast morning but the forecast is for dry weather all week and with no wind, the temperature has held up well. We have been out cantering on Warren Hill and Side Hill with the first two lots and all has gone well so far. A visit or two from owners has brightened up the morning and we are moving a few horses around at the stud as well. All in all, a busy Monday.

Bracken Brae (Emelie), Lexi Grady Alice (Sophie) and Sant'Elia (Heather)

Our horses didn’t run too badly over the weekend. They went no pace at all in Topamichi’s race, which didn’t suit him as he requires and end to end gallop, but he still ran respectably. Blue Bounty, to my eyes, evidently didn’t stay the mile; we will be reverting back to 7f with him and My Guardian Angel was starting to get into it in a very funny tempoed race. They went very slow; suddenly quickened it up and I think if he hadn’t been very badly hampered by the falling horse, he would have undoubtedly won. It is great being jockeys from the stand and best laid plans often go awry, but you can’t make races go as you would like and often you have to revert to ‘Plan B’ in a race. I have always thought it would be great to have microphones in jockeys’ helmets, as they do in motor racing and give them instructions as they go along. Now that would be fun.

Astrowolf (Jessica)

I see one of the Racing Post columnists is asking where the chairman of the BHA stands on the Newcastle debate, and I think it is a very good question to ask. He is our leader so where does he stand? Everybody, all the professionals awaits his answer, just watch the political talk come from that corner. You have been pre-warned.