Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

We have one runner today

Thursday, 16 July 2015

"No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it."

Ellen Glasgow.

Cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack

There’s a hazy sky first thing, with very little wind and it is muggy and warm. What we need is a good day of heavy rain and wind to get this atmosphere back to normal. We have had a busy morning with a runner leaving early and visitors arriving. We have been on the Rubbing House polytrack once again and everything moved fluently. 


Permera’s run yesterday at Lingfield was full of promise for the future. She was slightly slow away and being drawn low, moved across to the stands rail. From halfway she picked up well to finish just on the heels of the leaders. She took it all well and will get further as her pedigree states. This introduction will have done her the power of good mentally and in three or four weeks I will be looking for a 7f maiden where I am sure she can be very competitive. Both Astrovirtue and Astrowolf didn’t trouble the judge and were slightly disappointing.

Our runner today, Sant’ Elia, is at Leicester in the 4.30. She ran very nicely at Chelmsford a couple of months ago and then got very badly cast in her box, which meant a visit or two from the back lady and a bit of time to let everything recover. She has done enough work to hit the track again, but possibly this trip may still be on the sharp side for her. It will get her back on the road again and I am sure she won’t disgrace us.

Singing Hinnie

The big trouble with our industry is highlighted today in the Racing Post, with the fixture list at the top. At present the majority of the races are owned and run by the racecourses themselves, not the BHA who seemingly only have 13% of the fixtures. Nick Rust has tried to get a partnership signed between the BHA, The Horseman’s Group and the racecourses, but as yet the racecourses are reluctant to sign up. It would mean some give and take on both sides, but as normal there is great reluctance to think of the future of the sport. They only think in the short term and of themselves. I can’t see an easy way around all this and I am sure, like Greece, it will come to a head eventually when the finances are just not there. My saying yesterday, that you need true grit, has never been truer.

Harry and Marion visiting Blue Bounty

With Ryan Moore side lined now for quite a while with his neck, and thank goodness it is no worse than it is, Richard Hughes going to start training, the so called new jockeys championship is fast becoming a joke and I am sure not what the people who invented it thought it was going to be. I don’t think they will admit that they got it wrong, but it is another idea that is a damp squib. It is a shame as the jockey’s championship and the apprentice championship should be really championed and up in lights, but nobody has had an idea how to do it correctly, which is a pity.