Horse welfare is paramount ...

We are racing at Chelmsford City this evening

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

"Young twigs will bend but not old trees."

Dutch Proverb.

Star Commander (Niall) leading Swilken (Joe)

It’s a bright morning once again, but very much cooler. I am beginning to regret wearing a short sleeve shirt and my coat is a permanent fixture, even in the hut. We have had a good morning so far. Between the banks on racecourse side was first lots exercise and they worked over 6 ½ furlongs on pristine ground. Everything is moving well and the uphill climb on this piece of ground really gets their lungs open, without putting too much pressure on the wheels. It is a bit like having your own private gallop and I think I am the only trainer that has used it so far all year, so please don’t tell anybody!

Humphry Repton (Brian), Prayer Time (Niall) and Smile That Smile (Sophie)

We have one runner today. Sant’Elia makes her debut at Chelmsford City this evening, in the 1m 2f maiden auction fillies’ stakes. She is a filly that has always needed time, like most of the family have, but is pleasing me at present and this run will do her the power of good experience wise and we will learn quite a bit from it. It doesn’t look a bad little contest and although I expect her to run well, I don’t think today she will have the wherewithal to trouble the judge, but you never know. Her mother surprised us when winning her maiden at Sandown at 33/1. It is a day etched in my memory. We still have her at home and she has a lovely filly by Pastoral Pursuits and is in foal to Epaulette.

Careless Rapture walking out for a pick of grass

Well, I was only a day out, but Topatoo produced a colt foal this morning by So You Think and how delighted we are to get another colt. I am very pleased to support So You Think, who was bred and sold by our good friend in New Zealand, Mike Moran, who is one of the chiefs at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. He always loved So You Think and had great faith in him when he raced in Australia and when coming over to run for Aidan O’Brien in Europe. Let’s hope this colt has inherited some of his ability, as well as his dams who won the Middleton Group 3 at York. We only have one to go now, and it could be today.

The So You Think ex Topatooo colt foal born this morning

I see Channel 4 were pleased with their viewing figures for Sandown’s farewell to Tony McCoy on Saturday and it was all down to his day that the increase came about. I see though they are still talking about the jump jockeys championship, which, at present, they are not going to change and there will be far more competition and interest in that, than there will be for this poorly thought out flat jockeys one. There was a great article by Tony Morris in the Owner and Breeders magazine out this week, which castigated Great British Racing for this ridiculous idea and I only hope they will take it on board. The public will - it is only three or four individuals who can’t see what they are doing.