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One runner today at Chelmsford City

Thursday, 12 February 2015

"Give goodness to the day and before you know it, the day will be giving goodness to you."

Terri Guillemets.

Blue Bounty (Holly)

It’s a very mild morning, with no wind whatsoever. All the horses have had a very good exercise; first lot went round Side Hill, with some on the grass and some on the polytrack and second lot went up Warrem Hill, on both tracks. The rest have been in the indoor ride, cantering for about a mile and a half both ways. There is nearly a touch of spring in the air this morning, but I shouldn’t be saying this as I am sure we will be getting snow once again in the near future.

Hold Firm (Ali)

Legal Art ran really well yesterday at Lingfield. She certainly bumped into a well galloped and well educated newcomer. She had learnt a lot from her first run and she will be a lot wiser next time. I think the analyst in the Racing Post underestimated the race, as I think the first five will all develop and there will be plenty of races to be won with them.

We run another newcomer today, this time at Chelmsford City. Astromajor runs in the 5.35, the first race of this twilight meeting. He is drawn completely out with the washing in stall 10, and will have to drop in and try and face the kickback, which as you know is quite severe at this track. I am hoping he can run on and beat some today, but he will improve tremendously for the outing.


Astromajor on his way to the races

I see the great thinkers who run our Premier Classic, the Derby, are moving the off time to 4.30 in the afternoon. They think this will improve the audience figures, which last year only reached a million and a half, the smallest in the modern era. They are also going to run the Oaks half an hour later as well. The other thing they are speaking about is an early evening Derby. Why not have it in the middle of the night, when the Australians won’t have to get up out of bed to watch it, as we do for the Melbourne Cup? The people who are in charge of our sporting event are completely balmy and have absolutely no idea of how to run the sport. The Derby is the biggest and most famous race in the world and should be marketed as such, but once they moved it from the first Wednesday in June at 3 o’clock, it immediately lost all its kudos. We need to get back to normality quickly and not even give any thoughts to running this race as late as it is, or in the evening. When it was lost to the BBC that was the start of the slippery slope, as the Open Golf is just about to find out. When will these people ever learn?