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Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Cantering on the Southfield round

It’s a blue sky morning after what can only be described as torrential rain from mid-day onwards yesterday. As I was coming home from Beverley last night at around 9.30, it was still bucketing down, but out on the heath first lot it was sunny, no breeze and perfect conditions. We have had quite a few people in to ride out, which is always a big help, and we have had a good morning on Southfields round. After yesterday’s winner the atmosphere was top class. 

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Comrade Bond leading Bracken Brae

All our runners ran well yesterday. Permera from her bad draw ran a really good race. It was certainly an above average maiden for Beverley and she will have learnt a considerable amount from the race. Regal Galaxy didn’t know what was happening for the first three furlongs as they ran down the hill, and once again ran very green. She was getting the idea in the straight as they started to climb. She is a well grown filly, who is starting to get the hang of things now and another quick run will do her the world of good. She is a filly I have always liked. Hold Firm was given a smashing ride by Josh Quinn. He did exactly as he was told and although the horse got tired in the final furlong and started to drift across the track, he did all the right things by pulling his whip through and was very unlucky to get a seven day ban for careless riding. He was in cheerful spirits though and was in riding out this morning.

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Dot Green and  Careless Rapture

We have two runners today at Pontefract. Topamichi runs in the mile and a quarter handicap at 3.15. He hasn’t run for 154 days but will like the ground and I am hoping for a reasonable run, but this should put him straight for the future. Blue Bounty runs in the last - I seem to be making a habit of 6 o’clock races. He ran too bad to be true last time when missing the break at Epsom, but he hated the track and this completely different layout and the addition of blinkers once again should see him run much better.

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Permera and Hold Firm's half brother, by Authorized out of Four Miracles, 

who will be coming into training next season

My predictions about Yarmouth, unfortunately for them, came true yesterday when the meeting had to be called off as horses were losing their footing everywhere. It’s a good job no harm was done to horse or rider, but it’s been a completely barmy decision to race on the track this year. When you have dug the whole straight up, relayed it and had to join the old turf onto the new, it is impossible to do that within a short time. Grass needs time to bed down and get roots and Yarmouth has not had the right growing and right preparation to make it safe this year. I am afraid it is all about money and the money men have won the battle over the horsemen and they have been very lucky to get away with it. Let’s hope now the groundsmen will be left to prepare the course for next year, when it should have all started to settle, but in my opinion it will take two to four years before we can call it safe. They were stupid to dig the whole straight up and should have just taken the turf off the top on the ridges, taken the bumps away and relayed the turf back down. It would have been much quicker, much easier, much safer, but of course that is not the way people think nowadays.