Horse welfare is paramount ...

We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."

Hal Borland.

Hold Firm (Ali),  Prayer Time (Reece) & Astromajor (Jimmy)

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, with no wind and actually quite mild. We have had a busy morning once again, with a horse going off racing early, some being put through the stalls and the rest cantering and going round the indoor ride. The horses that came in the other day from the stud are starting to get back into shape. Several of them have already been clipped and they are getting plenty of exercise on the walker and in the lunge ring. We will be on their backs this coming week.

Singing Hinnie (Joe) and Astrowolf (Veronika)

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Legal Art runs in the 2.30, the 7f maiden. She ran reasonably well first time out 10 days ago at Chelmsford City and will have improved for it. There are one or two in here that are un-raced, and some have cost quite a bit of money, so it will be interesting to see how we shape up today. I think the trip should certainly suit her better, which will be in her favour. I am sure she will run well once again and there is still plenty of improvement to come.

Topamichi (Frankie)

I see that Kempton are going to try to move their swans. They live in the lake near the track and have often caused a bit of a problem by walking across the course when a race in underway. This is a bit like buying a pigeon, because as soon as you get it home, it fly’s straight back to where you bought it from. Unless they take them to a different country, I don’t think the problem will go away, they will just fly back. I think it adds to the day when a swan or two makes the leader try hurdling. The suffragettes did this for a purpose, I’m not too sure what the swans are trying to achieve, maybe better food and a hut.