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Friday, 05 June 2015

"Adversity enhances this tale we call life."

Terri Guillemets.

Cantering on the Cambridge Road polytrack

It’s a very muggy morning and we have had a few flurries of rain and you can hear thunder, but as yet we have had no real deluges. It is still all about though and it would be good to get 10mm or so, which would certainly help the ground. Even the watered gallop was on the fast side and we decided against using that and had a preliminary canter on the Rubbing House polytrack, followed by a Yorkshire canter on the Cambridge Road track. All went well. Most of the others stayed on Hamilton Hill, although Topaling and one other visited the Rubbing House track once again. We will be having no runners over the weekend, but have got several entered up from Tuesday onwards and let’s hope we get some ground and we can run them.

Smile That Smile with the racecourse grandstand in the distance

It is the third Classic of the year today with the Oaks at Epsom at 4.30. My two against the favourite, who must have a great chance, are Jack Naylor and Lady of Dubai. These two have run good trials and look genuine stayers, which is what you need in these top class races. The Derby is tomorrow and this is another race ground dependent. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Jack Hobbs finish in front of Golden Horn, but my one, and I would love to see it win for the connections, is Success Days, but I think he needs plenty of rain to be at his best.

Exercise finished now making their way back home

There was a good article by Peter Thomas today in the Racing Post. It was on owners of Derby winners and although the aristocracy and very rich business people have the majority of wins, there have also been a few reprobates and dodgy characters who have owned the winner. Great reading and great stories and what lives they must have led in those days. It would be marvellous if we could find those characters today and they could have the success as I am sure they would be exuberant in the winning enclosure and the party would go on for a month. It is what the race wants, the idea that anybody could own the winner and not just the privileged few.

Back at the yard and time to unsaddle the horses

All racehorses are very delicate and it all looks so easy when they are winning and continue to do so at the top level, but I see Al Kazeem picked up an injury when he won in Ireland last month and will be out for a while. You have to get horses very fit, just like athletes, to compete in races and the stresses and strains on four legs are enormous. So many things can happen, even in the box when at rest, so sometimes it is a miracle when you get them on the track at all. That is why I always tell everybody to enjoy the moment when a horse runs well. Whether it is a seller or a Classic it still give the owner that tremendous high, which we all strive for. There are going to be two very lucky owners in the next two days. I will be watching to see how they celebrate.