The final day of Cheltenham with the running of the Gold Cup ....

We seem to have missed most of the rain

Thursday, 07 May 2015

"You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone."


The string walking up Hamilton Hill

It’s a bright blue sky morning and we have been lucky in one way that the rain has missed most of East Anglia. It’s unfortunate it has though, as we do still need at least an inch to help the grass grow. It has just been a normal morning exercise wise, with everything doing a couple of canters and so far all has gone smoothly.

Smile That Smile and Sant'Elia cantering

Our two runners last night both had their third runs and will now be getting handicap marks. The filly, Bracken Brae, wants at least 1m 4f and a bit softer ground and Astromajor got a bit outpaced and didn’t like the kickback at all. He will be much better over an extra half mile and I am sure once I get them both back on turf, we will see different results.

Comrade Bond and Swilken at exercise

It was a very exciting Chester Cup yesterday, with my predictions coming true and I just hope there are not too many sore heads this morning. The ground at Chester looked on the easy side and for once the crowds were keeping undercover. Usually the horses run into a funnel of people in the home straight, but yesterday they were all taking cover and the atmosphere was somewhat muted. Let’s hope its better weather for the next two days and the usual Chester meeting lives up to its high standards.

Dismounted and walking back to the yard after exercise

It’s the election today and whoever wins will have to form a new government, either on their own, or in coalition. Our industry has been doing sterling work with the politicians in the last parliament. Let’s hope that the ones who are helpful get re-elected, as we do not want to start all over again, educating new people into the ways of our industry. The levy system is broken and out of date, and we need a new racing right, which is the best way of moving forward. I would hope it is not down the priority list of any new government.