In and out as quickly as possible ...

We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."

Martin Buxbaum.

Showing the horses the stalls

The morning has an autumnal feel for the first time this year. It’s a clear, cool day, which is great to work in. We were remembering a few of the old sayings whilst watching the horses canter first thing. I remember that the top rugs always went on the horses usually around Ayr Gold Cup week and another head lad was saying that his father said that when the blackberry’s started to ripen that was the time. Great old sayings and very true. Everything is ticking over smoothly and the horses are jumping and kicking out at exercise.

Walking through the open stalls

Our first runner for a long time is Jack Carter who runs today in the 2.00 at Lingfield. The ground is heavy at the moment, soft in places and I think it should suit, but you never know until you run them on it. I am sure there will be a lot of non-runners because of it. Jack has run two reasonable races, a good debut, followed by a mixed race at Pontefract when a combination of the ground and the horses not being right were against him. I am using today as a pointer and to find out more about him. He should, ideally, arrive late on the scene and let’s hope he runs with credit. However, but with ground like this most of the races will finish like jump races, strung out like washing.

Stalls done, now out and cantering

I see Leopardstown and the Curragh are offering free entry to students on their big weekend and Newmarket are doing a very similar thing for their Future Champions two days. I don’t know how much good this does, but it will obviously increase the foot fall through the gate and put the numbers up at the end of the year. To my mind, people either want to go racing or they don’t. Giving them free entry is an incentive, but we must give them something to want to come back and see again and again. That is the problem facing all racecourses. It needs some brains.