Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

We all need webbed feet today

Friday, 14 November 2014

"Sometimes even the flight of an angel hits turbulence."

Terri Guillemets.

Even with the lights on it's still dark and gloomy

It was dark and damp first thing and has progressively got worse during the morning. As we write this it is black outside and the rain is thundering on the cabin  roof. The horses are going round the indoor ride with the radio on as dry as dry. Typically I had planned a schooling day in advance and after all the dry days we have had, the one day I pick to school the horses it is pouring. Everything went well with Topamichi, schooling like a professional and Comrade Bond and Topaling popping over the tyres and baby hurdles with great enthusiasm and skill. We can now look at finding a race for Topamichi to start his career over hurdles. The other two will need another two schooling experiences and then we can be getting them out on the track.

Lights will definitely need to stay on all day

We have two runners today, both at Lingfield. Blue Bounty runs in the 6f handicap at 3.15. He is fitted with blinkers for the first time, is drawn quite well and I think he must get in the shake up once again. Astrowolf has not run for a while as he had a bit of a problem, which he has got over well and has been doing everything I have asked of him since. It is the first time for him on the polytrack and I think he will benefit greatly from today’s run. He is ridden by Josh Quinn, who is the son of Jimmy, and has just joined Richard Hannon as one of his many apprentices.

It's a good day for ducks, and can you spot the rabbit.

There has been a bit of an uproar about the distances at Weatherby racecourse. They have obviously been too short or too long. It is beyond comprehension that this could have happened and just goes to show the clerk of the courses are not doing the job properly. If we can’t get the distances right and we can’t get the correct going reports from these paid professionals, how can anybody, whether it be trainer, jockey or punter, have any idea of what is happening. Let’s hope this incident will give them all a good kick and get them once again on the ball. Everyday you see workmen walking round with a measuring wheel and if the clerk of the courses, who are supposed to walk the tracks, takes this with them even once a week, it would sort out this distance thing in an instance. It seems to me they are too busy involving themselves in making money for the racecourse rather than doing their jobs. This barb is not aimed at all clerk of the courses, many of which do a fantastic job, but there are a few who are not up to the job or don’t understand what the horsemen want. They are the ones that need to learn quickly.

Jenko trying out the equicizer. He has still got it

The new Racing Centre is up and running and by all accounts everybody loves the new facilities we have created there. I have just had an email from the manager who has arranged a great deal with Sporting England where gym membership will be only £5 a month for anybody aged between 16-25. This covers a lot of the staff in Newmarket, who are only young, and let’s hope they take up the offer. Our oldest team player, Jenko, is a gym maniac and has been going to the gym, practically on a daily basis, for as long as I have known him. I sent him along to give his opinion on the setup and the picture above is of his visit. He will be reporting in full later on.