Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

A good work morning

Friday, 13 November 2015

"Wild is the music of autumnal wind

Amongst the faded woods."

William Wordsworth.


Saleem on Ixchell

It started off a sunny morning and quite calm but suddenly the wind has got up and it's really blowing hard now. There is no rain with it yet but I'm sure it won't be long in coming. A busy morning once again with horses doing a variety of different exercises. We have done some fast work on the Cambridge Road Polytrack and we have been using Hamilton Hill and Southfields Round. It was great to have Saleem Golam in to ride work as he is such a lovely lad and gives good feedback. string

Second lot

We only have one runner over the weekend. Smile That Smile runs today at Lingfield in the 3.50, the mile and a half apprentice handicap. She has a terrible draw though in 11 which is nearly at Gatwick Airport. After her good run last time I hope she can perform like that once again, but she will certainly need some luck.


I see the Morning Line is being moved from 8 o'clock to 9 o'clock this weekend with the hope that it will gain a bigger audience. I think the only thing that will help it is that Tony McCoy will be appearing for the first time and he says he is going to have plenty of forthright opinions. He doesn't think that everybody will agree with his outlook on racing. At last we are going to have somebody who understands our industry inside out and will tell it as it is and not put spin on it. He should be the best thing since Johnny Francombe retired from the programme and it will be interesting to see how the other personnel take his comments.
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The yearling colt, Dixon, being ridden

I see a trainer in the States has been suspended over the use of a new designer drug. These new drugs are being constantly developed and are produced to avoid detection by the labs. It seems a permanent battle to keep up with them. There is plenty of publicity at present with the athletics situation and I was reading today that there are concerns in the tennis and football world and that there may be widespread abuse in both codes of rugby. Let's hope the authorities are on the ball in our industry as the only thing that can keep sport popular is if the public know there is a level playing field.