Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

It's a really wet morning

Thursday, 26 March 2015

"The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly."

Peter De Vries.

Coming up the hill on Long Hill grass

It’s a very wet morning as predicted and it has been heavy rain since first light and is still going strong now. I think it is due to stop around lunch time, but it will certainly change the ground at the racecourses if it has been as widespread as thought. We got first lot out on the grass canter on Long Hill and it was just starting to get on the easy side then. The two-year-olds have stayed in the indoor ride and can get a really good exercise there without getting drowned.

The string cantering single file

We had two seconds yesterday with Hold Firm and Prayer Time. They both ran well but just met one on the day. There are plenty more races to be won with these two, who are now genuine and consistent. That’s more than you can say for the handicapper who put Prayer Time up 20, but has only moved similar horses up 10 or 12. You actually waste your time disputing the facts with the officials, as once they have made their mind up, there is nothing to make them change it, but it is quite unfair on the horse and the owner as the opportunity to win another race has gone. Both these two will be given a short break now and will then reappear on the turf. Legal Art hated the surface and Ben Curtis reported afterwards that he knew cantering down what was on the cards. Her next run will be on the turf as well.

Topamichi (Frankie)

There’s a very good article by Steve Dennis today in the Post on Tom Siddall, the national hunt jockey who has just retired to become an equine dentist. He gets the whole thing right in this piece, in that the unsung heroes of the sport just love to be involved and have no regrets. They may never be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, but they keep the whole show on the road and everybody must be grateful for that. It is a good article and everybody should read it.

Sant'Elia (Leon)

Happy birthday to my old guv’nor, Walter Wharton, who is 91 today. I had a fantastic time with him as Assistant Trainer. He was one of the old school, a proper horse person who had a bark, but was extremely kind and genuine and really good to me. I hope he has a very happy day.