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The best horse on the day won

Thursday, 20 August 2015

"Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened."

Jennifer Yane.


Newmarket woke up to a wet morning, very cloudy and the forecast is for it to improve as the day goes on, but at present it is strong drizzle in a light breeze. It’s not cold and I am sure it is only a passing front. All the horses have been out and had an easy canter once again on Racecourse side and things have ticked over very well. We await the results of the scopes.

Bracken Brae

It’s was a brilliant win yesterday for David Elsworth and another great training performance by him when Arabian Queen overturned the ‘unbeatable favourite’ Golden Horn. The winner has had all sorts of problems and it was marvellous to see her tenacity when eyeballing the colt and trying with every sinew. David Elsworth made his own protest afterwards by not appearing on TV as he was peeved that nobody had asked him about the filly beforehand, and he hadn’t been invited to lunch by the sponsor either. I am afraid in this everyday journalist regime we are now in it does happen. They seem to purely concentrate on the elite stables who are the lucky ones to be sent the majority of the horses. It also doesn’t help when the Racing Posts view, on page 4 of the post today, say that the big guns ran below their best. To my mind if you take the winner out, everybody finished where they should have finished and the papers would be full of what a brilliant horse Golden Horn is. He is a top class horse, but got beaten by a better one yesterday and it would be great for once if they were given the credit, rather than saying how lucky they are. This is very similar to Trip to Paris when he won the Gold Cup, which everybody thought was luck. He proved he wasn’t when obviously being the best horse in the Goodwood Cup at the weights. 

In the trotting ring

We completed weaning one of the fields yesterday and when I left this morning, the whole bunch of weanlings were laid down together in a huddle or befriending one another. That would be the first night without their mother or somebody there being a matriarch. They all seemed very settled and we will be finishing off the process in the next fortnight with the other mares, and then sorting them out into their groups to move on into the yearling stage.