Horse welfare is paramount ...

We have two runners tomorrow at Lingfield

Friday, 24 July 2015

"We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them."

Elbert Hubbard.

Singing Hinnie and Sant'Elia

It’s just started to rain. Put the flags up, call the lifeboats, it’s supposed to continue all day now. I can hear the grass actually drinking it as it falls. It will do the power of good across the country. We used the watered gallop at first lot, which now seems rather silly, but there was no sign of rain then and the ground was perfect. Most of the others have used the round on Southfields and Hamilton Hill. All has gone smoothly. 

Legal Art, Humphry Repton and Blue Bounty

We will be having a couple of runners tomorrow at Lingfield, where hopefully they are getting this rain. Comrade Bond runs in the 7 o’clock, the 7f on the turf. He is not drawn too badly for a change, has been dropping down the weights and if he gets a clear run, must have a sound chance of being there or there abouts. Peeps runs in the last, the 8.30 on the all-weather. We have come down in trip a little with her and she is taking older horses on. Once again her draw is against her, as it was last time, but I am hoping she can show what she is worth once more.

Smile That Smile and Prayer Time

The Cheltenham Festival is never out of the Racing Post and once again they have managed to get a double page spread about a new race at next year’s meeting, which is not until next March. Another novice hurdle, but this time for fillies only has been announced. It possibly could bolster the number of fillies kept in training, but could be just another one for the big yards to hoover up. I think they could have come up with some much more imaginative race planning, but who am I to upset the applecart. 

Bracken Brae and Permera

I didn’t see the BBC documentary on bookmakers and their shops, but I am told it was not too inspiring and didn’t encourage anybody who has never been in a betting shop to enter. In fact I think the reverse, it would put them off. Evidently the manager was a jovial sort who was trying his best, but really these shops nowadays are for the machine players and for others to keep out of the rain. There are actually two more programmes and I will have to record them as it is past my bedtime. 

Mr Turner leading Comrade Bond

It’s the King George on Saturday with a reasonably supporting field, but the ground may change which might result in quite a few withdrawals. We will have to wait and see. The big races come thick and fast each weekend at present, with Glorious Goodwood upon us next week with the cavalry charge of the Stewards Cup on the Saturday. I will be trying my best to give you all the winners as normal. I may have a challenger and I hope he is already studying the form book, and after Ascot he needs to!