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We have three runners today

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

"Venus favors the bold."


Humphry Repton and Ixchell

It’s damp once again this morning but no real rain and there is only a little breeze. I only had a few horses to work across the flat and they moved very smoothly and all will be running in the near future. I have had the clippers out in recent days as their coats are starting to get long now and a good trace clip makes them feel much better. It is a fine line at this time of year as they are very much in between changing coats and some are far worse than others.

The weanlings in the paddock at the stud

Both Blue Bounty and Comrade Bond ran yesterday. I think they were both drawn in the wrong place as all the winners tended to come up the middle. Blue Bounty had nothing to race with and I think the boy had a bit of a rush to the head about two furlongs too soon. We will be sorting both horses out and they must now start to show us some ability, especially Blue Bounty or we will be finding a new home for him if he doesn’t shape up by the end of November.

We have three runners today with the first two at Lingfield this afternoon. Careless Rapture is our first runner in the one mile maiden at 1.30. She was very bogged down in the ground at Leicester on her debut and this should be much easier for her on this surface. She is a filly for next year though and I don’t think she will be troubling the judge today. Our next runner is Topamichi at 3.10 in the mile and a quarter handicap. He was very disappointing last time at Nottingham after his good run at Pontefract the time before, but I am hopeful of a very good run today on this better surface. Our third runner is tonight at Wolverhampton with Bracken Brae running in the two mile handicap at 7.10. She has been second the last twice and I am sure will be competitive once again tonight.

Hold Firm

We have got the Breeders Cup this weekend to look forward to with plenty of European runners and then next Tuesday the Melbourne Cup, where we are well represented once again. It is great to travel the world with these top horses and owners can really enjoy the experience of having a runner in other countries. You need a horse good enough nowadays and it needs to be highly rated. A horse that takes all the travelling well and is battle hardened is the ideal. They are very hard to find and when one come along, you must cherish it.

Smokey Oakey being ridden by Emilia Raccio

It was marvellous to receive this photo the other day of Smokey Oakey, who won the Lincoln and the Brigadier Gerard for us. He was a most wonderful horse and he has got a fantastic retirement home, not too far from his owner Judi Dench. The photo is of him being ridden by Emilia Raccio, the granddaughter of another one of his owners, Bryan Agar.