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

A good morning working Across the Flat

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."

Charles Dickens.

Working Across the Flat

Heavensfield, Astrosecret and Dot Green

It’s much colder once again, but I mainly put that down to the wind we have got which is the tail end of the storm that has just hit the southern part of the British Isles. Thank goodness there was not too much damage, just a lot of twigs and small dead branches scattered about. We have been working on the turf Across the Flat once again and everything has moved very well and showing me the ability I hoped. The turf flat season spluttered into life over the weekend at Redcar and there will be sporadic meetings until the Craven meeting mid-April. It is a barmy situation and one the authorities should get a grip on.

Repairing the roof on the stands after the winds

We have two runners today, both at Wolverhampton on the tapeta surface. Blue Bounty is our first runner at 3.15. He is a very consistent horse nowadays, drawn well, maybe too well, and must certainly be competitive once again today. Topaling is our next runner at 5.00 in the two mile handicap. She seems to like Wolverhampton and has won here three times. She has certainly slipped down the handicap over the last few months and if deciding to put any effort in, could be in the shake up today. However, as I have told you before, she is a filly that has a mind of her own and although the jockey can do the right thing, she will only do what she deems fit. Let’s hope it’s a going day.

The daffodils are in full bloom

There’s a very good article today in the Racing Post on the race pattern programme and should be compulsory reading for everybody interested in the progression of our sport. Tony Morris’ article is, as usual, very well researched and written and his comments on the commercialism which crept into the racecourse management are very telling. The pattern was created to race the best horses against one another, not to finance the racecourses. There are two more articles to follow and I will be commenting as it progresses.