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One runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

"We have been friends together

in sunshine and in shade."

Caroline Shefidan Norton.

Topamichi leading Bracken Brae, Sweeping Beauty and hidden, Sing Me Sing Me

It’s colder once again with a reasonably strong wind which is making it even more so. It is bright though and no sign of rain as yet. It has been another busy morning with plenty going on and the yard is still buzzing after yesterday’s winner. I took a few horses to gallop Across the Flat this morning, but the majority of them stayed cantering on Hamilton Hill. We still need a couple more riders in the yard, but thank goodness a new yardman started this morning. We also require somebody on the stud who is keen to learn the breeding side of the industry. I don’t mind the age, young or old, as long as they are keen and have a good work ethic.

Trotting up Hamilton Hill

We were all delighted with yesterday’s result. Blue Bounty slightly missed the break, but was only beaten a length to finish fourth. He is ultra-consistent and will win again in the not too distant future. He will be interesting to watch once he is back on the turf. Topaling won very well. She seems to love it here at Wolverhampton, and as I said yesterday, she is a complete law unto herself and you will never know what she is going to do. It was great to have a winner in my brother’s colours, which were Dad’s old ones. In fact it was a real colour mixture as the cap was Angie’s father's old one.

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Regal Galaxy runs in the mile and a half maiden at 4.55. She has been crying out for this sort of trip, if not further. I cannot see her beating too many of these today, but we will be trying our best and you never know.

Another winner means sausages

The second section of the special report on the pattern race system is out today, with six industry professionals giving their opinions. My opinion is it certainly needs an overhaul and quite quickly. It is much easier to do absolutely nothing, which the BHA seem to be stating on page seven of the Post, but it certainly needs somebody with vision and a moderniser who has the power to sort the whole programme out. It might take a few years to get it with the correct balance and a few changes will have to be made on a yearly basis as the races progress, but we need to find that person quite quickly and give him some sidekicks who will help. However, they must be from the people who know what is happening on the ground, not the people who just look at computers.