It's Champions weekend ...

Day two of Glorious Goodwood

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."

Oliver Wendell Holmes.


Once again it’s a cool morning, but no real wind and the air is clear, which makes it far better to work and ride out in. We have had an easyish morning with all the horses on Hamilton Hill, having a good walk and trot before a gentle canter and then a relaxing walk home. Everything seems to be moving well and the lads are all in good form.

Singing Hinnie leading first lot home

We have two runners tonight at Leicester. Blue Bounty is our first runner at 8.20 in the 6f handicap. He has not run for quite a while because of a few teething problems, but worked very nicely the other morning on the softer surface and he is ready to get his campaign into gear now. The drop back to 6f might be a problem as his best form is at 7f, but it is an uphill finish here and the ground will suit. I am looking forward to a reasonable run. Hold Firm runs in the next, the 1m three-year-old handicap. He is ultra-consistent as we all know, but untested on this softer surface. His mother won on both soft and firm and we will surely find out all the answers tonight. It is a race he is very capable of winning, if handling the soft.

Mr Turner pulling out for second lot

It’s a good start to our tipping competition for Richard, who did very well yesterday with two winners and two seconds, but has not pulled far enough clear yet. With four days still to go there is all to play for. You have certainly got to be lucky at Goodwood where the breaks come for you at the right time. It is so easy to get boxed in and you have no chance of regaining the advantage. Today’s efforts are below.

Standing after first day

Richard plus £17.50

MHT minus £70.00


2.00    William Of Orange    2.35    Space Age    3.10    Night Of Thunder    3.45    Muhadathat    4.20    Love On The Rocks    4.55    Only Joking    5.30    Accession


2.00    Rosairlie    2.35    Highland Reel    3.10    Solow    3.45    King Of Rooks    4.20 Promising Run    4.55    Some Site    5.30    Georgian Bay

Ginger, Michael Wigham's cat

There’s a great letter in the Racing Post today headed ‘An afternoon of unbelievable nonsense’ which refers to the horse that did run, then it didn’t, then it did again. His last paragraph puts it all into context. He says ‘racing is so disjointed with way too many official bodies that you end up with nobody actually in charge. No other sport has so many people in charge of it, all doing different jobs and not all really pulling in the same direction.’ That to me says it all and how right he is. There is another short letter about prize money, which is well worth reading and puts the stable staff situation across. If the prize money was good, owners would be clambering to come into the sport, the trainers could charge a correct fee for training and the lads could be paid what they are worth. It’s simple, but at present with the levy / racing right saga still going on, impossible to correct.