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

Bracken Brae wins at Chelmsford

Friday, 19 February 2016

"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words."

William Shakespeare.

Warm up exercise on the trotting ring

It’s a bright sunny morning with not a cloud in the sky. There is a very good ground frost and it is one of those fantastic mornings out on the heath. Everybody is in good spirits today after last night’s winner and we have been doing some good work on the Rubbing House polytrack, plus cantering on Hamilton Hill.

Hold Firm

We were all delighted with Bracken Brae last night at Chelmsford, where as well as winning the best turned out, she won the race by seven lengths. Always travelling very easily she took it up on the last bend and strode away to be eased down close home. It will have done her confidence the world of good and we will be looking for another race in the next two to three weeks, if there is anything suitable. She is the first winner for her dam Azure Mist, who has just had a very nice filly foal and will be visiting Gregorian this weekend at The National Stud. 

Gee Sixty Six - out of Azure Mist the two-year-old half brother to Bracken Brae

Foal our of Azure Mist - half sister to Bracken Brae

We have one runner today with Peeps at Lingfield in the one mile four furlong maiden at 2.55. I have put blinkers on her just to sharpen her up and let’s hope she is not slow out of the gates. We had her through yesterday, where she was absolutely perfect and you would never believe she had dwelt the last two runs. She is very capable of running a big race today at a reasonable price.

We have two runners tomorrow, again at Lingfield. Topalova makes her debut at 2 o’clock in the one mile fillies’ maiden. It looks a way above average maiden and this backward filly will not be sharp enough in this company, but she will benefit enormously from the experience. Blue Bounty is our other runner in the 5f maiden later on in the card and he should run another sound race if handling the left hand bend. He deserves to get his head in front after three very good efforts in recent weeks. 

Walking home after exercise

I am delighted to see that Racing UK have entered the sponsorship betting partners initiative and told William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes and Skybet that they are no longer welcome on the channel. If only the bookmakers would see sense and look at the long-term rather than the short-term we could all get together and make the industry really fly. However, if we continue to have one group of the industry taking money out, which they have been doing for over 30 years now without putting their fair share back in, they can only expect what they are getting at present. It is going to be a battle until the end, but it is one that we must win or we will definitely be on the slippery slope.

Newmarket Stands

We have been having plenty of emails flying backwards and forwards between Newmarket trainers and The Jockey Club Estates, who run the training grounds, this last week with plenty of opinions about the heath and new planning permission for canters being forcefully put forward.  I am going to hold an AGM of Newmarket trainers next week so they can all air their views openly and we can make a plan for moving forward. Life is never dull here in Newmarket!