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We have two runners today at Nottingham

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly."

Leo Tolstoy.

Thick grey clouds, but the rain is holding off for a while

It is another very wet morning with bands of heavy rain lasting up to an hour at a time. It looks pretty set for the day as well, but it is not cold and although we are a little bit short on staff this morning with the runners and illnesses, we are getting on well. It is always a help when Jimmy Quinn comes in and he is in most days now. Always cheerful and full of banter, his enthusiasm rubs off on everybody.

Watching the horses come into sight

We were very pleased with how Permera ran yesterday, although a distant second. The winner certainly looks Group class to me and we will now have a handicap mark, which shouldn’t be too bad. Whether I will run her again this year is debatable as her coat is beginning to come and she is still growing and developing. Careless Rapture got bogged down a bit, but Saleem gave her a nice ride and a very good introduction. She will improve radically next time, but as I said yesterday, she is a filly for next year.

We have two runners today, both at Nottingham. Mr Turner runs in the mile maiden at 3.05. He is a horse I have always loved, but we have had one or two little issues with him in the stalls. I hope he can run a nice race today, but will improve a lot for the experience. He should handle the ground, but the Nottingham ground is very tacky and holding and you only know if they handle it when you run them. Our other runner is Topamichi in the 4.45. He will love the ground and after his good run at Pontefract two or three weeks ago, he should give a good account of himself today.

The day after running, Permera is on the walker

I see the Tripartite Agreement is very close according to the Racing Post and let’s hope the racecourses do sign up to it and everybody can move forward. We definitely need a united industry rather than one that has gone its separate ways, as they seem to do now. It would be fascinating to see if it does come to fruition and what rules there are. I am sure there will be a lot of disagreement along the way, but let’s hope that once singed everybody sticks to their side of the bargain. Unfortunately in this day and age, contracts and agreements don’t seem to mean anything.