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

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

"You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry."


Astrowizard on Hamilton Hill

It's a glorious sunny and mild winter morning with little wind. The horses have been cantering up Hamilton Hill and the first two lots have gone very well. I enjoyed a couple of mince pies with some owners and have just set off racing. It will be to be a long day as I shall be going to Lingfield and Kempton.


We have two runners today. Our first is Topamichi in the mile and a half handicap at Lingfield. I have been wanting to try him over this trip for a while, but the big problem today, once again, is that he drawn nearly at Gatwick airport - fourteen of fourteen. I'm sure I am not the only one who consistantly gets these bad draws but it certainly feels as if I am. It would be wonderful if we could have a good run with draws that are not disadvantageous. I'm hoping that Saleem can get him out and into a position as that is our only hope. Our other runner tonight, in the last at Kempton over 7 furlongs, is Blue Bounty. I have fitted cheek pieces once again. He has run well in this sort of race before and I am hoping he can get back on track here today.

Hopefully Topaling will come down a few pounds after her run yesterday, and Hold Firm once again ran his usual genuine and honest race.

The heathman maintaining the canters

There is plenty of chat in the paper about the Grand National and it's time change. It will be very interesting to see what actually does happen. There is an article that says racing is all about betting and that is what attracts people to the sport, especially the younger ones, but I am not so sure. I personally think that the time of all our big races should be mid-afternoon at 3 to 3.30 and we shouldn't pander to our so-called professional publicists who will leave the sport in a minute when offered a better paid job. We need people with passion who love horses and love the sport, not those who just do it for the money.