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We are off to Leicester today with two runners

Monday, 26 October 2015

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."

Mortimer Adler.

The leaves are changing now autumn is well and truly here

With the clocks going back it is a much lighter morning and at present very mild. On watching the forecast for the week on Country File last night, I think the presenter was hedging his bets as they don’t know where the low that is sitting off the coast is going to go. I think a mixture of everything is on the cards. We have been cantering on Southfields polytrack and all has gone well so far.

Cantering on Southfields polytrack

Topaling ran as well as could be expected at Doncaster on Friday. She will be fit now and proves she can go on the turf. I will be giving her a campaign this winter once again over staying distances. Peeps ran ok on Saturday night when she was fourth at Chelmsford City. She was one of the four that drew clear from the rest and I think this trip will be where she will be winning races from now on.

Today we have two runners, both at Leicester. Blue Bounty runs in the 1.20. He ran a sound enough race last time but he is not as well in as he could be with one or two of these on figures. However, the ground and trip will suit and if he puts his best foot forward for Nathan, he can run very well. Comrade Bond is our other runner at 4.05 again over 7f and Tom Fanshawe, James’ son, takes the ride. I have left all the headgear off and just hope the old boy is in the right frame of mind. He could win this standing on his head if he decides it’s a going day.

Treacle enjoying a bit of sun

Australian racing is very high profile at the moment with the Melbourne Cup nearly upon us. The build-up over there will be tremendous, but we have just had an incident where the home of the chairman of the stewards for Racing Victoria has been attacked and six shots fired into his front door. We have also got the cobalt enquires in full flight and it makes our daily problems very insignificant. These incidents are usually about money and gambling and winning at all costs. It gets away from the sport angle and we must never forget that this is horseracing, it’s not life and death. Our sport is to be enjoyed by all in a fair and safe environment. Let’s hope these incidents are just a one off and confined to one country.