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

We are off to Windsor today

Monday, 20 October 2014

"Say you are well, or all is well with you,

And God shall hear your words and make them true."

Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Brushing, in foal to Footstepsinthesand

A bright blue sky and a mild temperature is what greeted us this morning, but I am sure it is the lull before the storm as the end of a hurricane is coming across the Atlantic and will hit us early tomorrow, or so the forecasters are telling us. We have had quite an easy day cantering on Bury Side with the older horses and some of the two-year-olds have started to have a short trot in the indoor ride.

Astromagick, in foal to Lawman

Toptempo blatantly failed  to act on the track at Catterick and ran no sort of race at all, which was very disappointing. She needs a much more galloping track but there have been very few opportunities for her in her handicap range at a suitable track, and there doesn’t look like being much more from now onwards. It is quite frustrating as there are plenty for the very low grade animals, but the mid range horses are the ones that suffer. It is purely because it is cheaper for the racecourses to run low grade races. They get paid the same media rights money whatever they run, so to their accountants it is a no brainer.

Lady Bellatrix, in foal to Excelebration

We have one runner today at Windsor, Topamichi, who runs in the 4.20. He was slightly disappointing last week when he failed to fire, and to my eyes he is in the same form as he was then. We will hope today is the day.

The fencing is coming on well

Despite the ground it was very good racing at Ascot and the people I spoke to who went thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some good finishes and some very good training performances, but two big points spring out to me. One, the draw makes such a big difference and you could see horses getting hampered, with the runners trying to come over to the stand side on the straight course in the earlier races. Then later on in the last when they had to split, it proved that the far side was much quicker. It all boils back to my opinion about watering tracks. When tracks are watered, like they are constantly now , and then it rains, you get very soft, mushy ground. If the tracks weren’t watered you would get a much more even surface across the board, but I am sure that nobody will take any notice and we will continue to get a draw bias everywhere. Two, the whip rule is blatantly not working and it is win at all costs in these big races when they are worth so much to all connections. Why we didn’t bring in ten hits and you’re out is beyond me, as it would have sorted out all this at a stroke. We will continue to get whip bans regardless of what they do until they start to disqualify the horse if the jockey goes over the official number. You can hear the uproar now. But it constantly happens in France, when a little bump takes place everybody knows their fate and the horse is relegated to a lower position. You would soon get used to it and without a doubt with a ten stroke rule if you broke it the horse losing the race would be the best and easiest solution.