They are not children ...

We have one runner today at Chelmsford City

Thursday, 18 February 2016

"A healthy mind has an easy breath."



There was plenty of rain overnight, in fact a lot more than we were expecting, but it is very mild and there is no wind. We have had a very good morning so far with the horses and we are just about to set off to put several of them, the ones that have not run before, through the stalls for the first time. I will have our usual gang of stall handlers and let’s hope it all goes smoothly. I will also be putting Peeps through. She has been very slowly away the last twice and we will be encouraging her to jump off with the others as she runs again on Friday.

Sant'Elia leading Careless Rapture and Permera

We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Bracken Brae runs in the last, the 8.10. She was second here last time out, over the same trip, and in fact has been second here three times. I am reasonably hopeful of a very good run tonight. She certainly deserves to get her head in front and has been in good form of late.

Sing Me Sing Me

I see there is a special report today on Sunday racing, a double page spread in the Racing Post on why or why not it is a good day for to go racing. I have told you this before, but when we were sold this idea of Sunday racing, the minimum prize money for any race was going to be £10,000 with added expenses for the owner to cover the extra costs, which are huge on a Sunday. We all agreed on this point, but sadly it has gone completely the other way and the prize money and sponsorship has just plummeted. When it is so expensive to race on a Sunday for the owner and the prize money is poor, it is a no brainer just not to run. The only way they are going to get people to race on Sunday’s is to have prize money that we can’t resist and give everybody a blank day on Monday. It is so simple I don’t know why they just don’t do it, but blanket coverage nearly 24 hours a day is what the marketing men seem to want. Great British Racing have absolutely no idea of what is actually going on in the yards, or in the mind-set of the public.