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

We have one runner today at Nottingham

Thursday, 30 July 2015

"There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we chose to celebrate."

Robert Brault.

Careless Rapture

The weather has been very similar all week, it's overcast once again, but no wind. A good canter on the Rubbing House polytrack over 7f has been the exercise of the morning, and all has gone well so far. The horses look very well and have got plenty of life about them. We have had a low grade infection, which has affected most of them, but it looks to me as if we are starting to come out of it all now.

Regal Galaxy

Our runners last night both ran as expected . Blue Bounty travelled well for a long way before just blowing up, but he will come on a bundle for the race. He loves that softer ground and apart from a couple of nicks on both front legs, he has come out of it unscathed. They didn’t get back until after midnight and consequently he didn’t eat everything, but has had a morning in the paddock, (picture below) which he has thoroughly enjoyed. Hold Firm once again ran his genuine race and stayed on very well towards the end. He looked to handle the ground ok and it may be worth giving him a try over 1m 2f on the turf, as he was certainly making ground at the finish.

We have one runner today at Nottingham in the last race, the 5.45. Astromajor steps up in trip to 2 miles. His dam stayed well and he always gives me the impression he will do so as well. A big strong horse, which has needed time to grow into his frame, he has started to strengthen up lately and I am hopeful of a good run if he stays this trip.

Blue Bounty in the paddock after his run last night

Goodwood continues apace and we wish Malcolm and Max Franklin, who are involved with Trip To Paris, all the luck in the world today in the Goodwood Cup. Richard Marriott had first choice this morning in the tipping competition, so I had to pick a different one, but my heart is definitely with Trip To Paris and I will be shouting him home, even if it means Richard beating me! A £20,000 yearling, it shows it can be done against the big battalions. I found a couple of winners yesterday to get me back nearer in the competition but it is a very hard week to find the winners.

Standing after day two

Richard minus £52.50

MHT minus £98.50


2.05  Racing History    2.35  Tasleet    3.10  Trip To Paris    3.45  Jordon Princess    4.20  Sunset Dream    4.55  Melabi    5.30  Judicial


2.05  Keble    2.35  Shalaa    3.10  Quest For More    3.45  Kaldera    4.20  Notary    4.55  Montsarrat    5.30  Accipiter

Parked up at Frankland Lodge ready to go racing

The very sad news yesterday of Peter O’Sullevan’s death has hit all the headlines in the papers today. Peter was just a most marvellous man. He had style and class, which is very rare nowadays. He had no big ego and was just so approachable and encouraging to anybody involved in the industry. He was a consummate professional who made it all look so easy, but that came with meticulous planning and hard work. His knowledge of form and pedigrees was encyclopaedic. There will never be another one like him.