The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

Schooling this morning

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

"Count the garden by flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll."


Comrade Bond (Sophie)

A mild morning with no rain forecast and by all accounts it's going to be like that all week. I have been up to the Links again this morning schooling the hurdlers and all went well. Topamitchi jumped like a buck over several flights of full size hurdles, and Topaling with Comrade Bond popped well over the baby hurdles before having one spin over the bigger ones. The rest of the string have been up Warren Hill and I have started to canter the two year olds.


Toptempo got no sort of a run yesterday at Wolverhampton where she was blocked at every turn and even the Racing Post said, "Would have been a deal closer had she got any sort of run." It's very frustrating when these things happen but at least she came back in one piece, unlike a few of the others in the race who were struck into badly. These are the races the stewards should look into as many careers end in injury resulting from races as rough as this. Some of the jockeys seem to have no regard for what can happen and should be made to look at the damage they have caused.

Simon Bailey, the new pastor, watching the horses

The new Chaplain of Racing, Simon Bailey, has settled in quickly and well since he succeeded Graham Locking in this role. He has a permanent office in the Racing Centre where people can visit him to talk about any matter. A really good man, we have been very lucky to find him.