A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

The stalls training went well

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons."

Jim Bishop.

Waiting for the horses to come into view

It’s an overcast morning with rain forecast, but as yet none has arrived. It has been a busy morning with all the jockeys in and we galloped across the flat on very good ground. I have been driven slightly crazy by where the position of the gallop is as it has never been as close to the racecourse as it was this morning in the last 40 years. Second lot we put five fillies through the stalls and they all behaved very well, which was a blessing after the problem we had with one of the colts last week.

Watching the workers

Legal Art looked like she was going to run a big race yesterday until fading inside the final furlong. I think there may still be a few problems and she was subsequently claimed after the race. The owner was delighted as she was entered in the autumn sales and he will now not have to pay the entry fee.

Bracken Brae and Peeps

I see Choc Thornton has called it a day after all the injuries he has had, especially to his neck, and although disappointing, he has finished in one piece and can now move on and start another career in the industry. He rode for me a bit in his younger days and was completely fearless, which may have attributed to all the bad falls he had. His one great attribute, and it had been drilled into him by David Nicholson, was that he always refused to talk to the TV after he had pulled up on a winning ride. He would always talk to the connections first, which I think is the right thing to do. These banal questions of “how was that for you?” are completely ridiculous and as soon as the after the race interviews are knocked on the head, the better.

Work finished and making their way back

The Australian cobalt saga continues, with another trainer being banned for nine years for the use of it. There are still a few cases on the go and more than likely there will be several appeals against the decisions. Why we have cheating in sport is only down to one thing, winning at any cost and is completely beyond my comprehension. I can’t stand cheating in any way, in any sport, and in my opinion the cheats should be banned for life.