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We have two runners today at Pontefract

Monday, 19 October 2015

"You learn something every day if you pay attention."

Ray LeBlond.

You can only just see the horses on these dark mornings

It’s a very damp morning with a slight drizzle constantly coming down. It’s not cold though and there is no wind. All the horses are very fresh this morning, how they should be on a Monday morning and we have had one or two of them testing their pilots as they cantered on the Rubbing House polytrack. We had one loose one, which was soon caught and another near miss when it jumped and kicked whilst walking home. Always a great sign that the horses are well. It is a pity it’s getting towards the end of the turf season rather than the beginning.

Singing Hinnie leading Bracken Brae

We have two runners today, both at Pontefract. Permera is our first in the one mile nursery at 2.10. She has had three runs to date where she has run well each time. I think the step up to a mile will suit as her mother stayed very well. The ground won’t be a problem, it is just whether she is still ok in herself as her coat is beginning to go. We have started off with a sensible handicap mark and whether it is today or next year, she will certainly be winning races. Our other runner is Dot Green who I have let take her chance in the Listed race in the hope that we can gain some black type. We have thrown her a bit in the deep end, but I have nothing to lose as she will be a most lovely filly next year and rather than go and run in a maiden with stacks of runners, this conditions race will give us a good guide.


I am not sure what to make of this weekend’s Champions Day. We saw a very good sprinter in Muhaarar who quickened up well and should make a good stallion for Sheikh Hamdam’s Shadwell Stud. The other races were, to my mind, a bit lack lustre. It was great to see Solow win again and, being a gelding, if he stays sound, should continue winning races for the next few years. He will be a great benchmark to compare the generations with. The other horse to mention is Malcolm and Maxine Franklins’ Trip To Paris, who has been a revelation to them and their partners this year and what a fantastic race he ran in the Caulfield Cup. We wish them all well for two weeks’ time when the Melbourne Cup beckons. A good draw is what is needed. Malcolm and Max have Heavensfield with us, who we are now putting away for the winter as she has started to grow on me and she needs a bit more time to mature. She has shown plenty and I am really looking forward to her next year.