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Two runners today at Wolverhampton

Monday, 29 June 2015

"Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea."

Robert Brault.

Walking past the old waterworks on Southfields

It’s a calm, sunny morning, with the temperature set to rise all day and if the forecast is anything to rely upon, we are in for a major heatwave from tomorrow onwards. Just what I wanted! We have been out cantering on Southfields Rubbing House polytrack with all the lots this morning and so far so good. It is just a matter of getting them out in the cool, washing them down well and keeping them really hydrated.

Cantering on the round on Southfields

Bracken Brae ran reasonably well on Saturday night. I don’t think the draw helped particularly and the track certainly didn’t. She is a big, long striding filly and the sharp track at Lingfield was definitely against her, but where do you go other than the all-weathers when the ground is like it is. We have two runners today, again on the all-weather, at Wolverhampton. Hold Firm and Smile That Smile. Smile runs first at 4.45 in a tricky six runner contest over 1m 4f. She is still learning and I think will learn a lot from today. We are drawn wide once again, but in this small field should be able to take her time and let’s hope she can get into the shakeup. Hold Firm is ultra-consistent and must have a sound chance today. The only one I am a bit wary of is the Rae Guest horse, which is first time in a handicap and has shown a little bit of ability, but we are fit and well and hopefully won’t bump into one like we did last time.

Blue Bounty on Hamilton Hill on Saturday

And some of his owners making a fuss of him

There were plenty of highlights over the weekend, with Jack Hobbs scooting up in the Irish Derby and along with Golden Horn and Gleneagles we have three top class horses to look forward to as the season goes forward. Treve won the Grand Prix Saint-Cloud in good style and is on track for her third Arc. What a filly she is. We have seen the last Pittmans Derby on grass, which is such a sad day for everybody who values tradition and history. A dirt track will do nothing for Newcastle, but will be much cheaper to run and make Arc and its shareholders more profit. I wonder what the racing scene will look like in another 20 years. I think Mark Prescott was right when he said it would be mainly all-weather tracks with just the few festivals run on grass. A very sad state of affairs.