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Topalova runs today at Lingfield

Monday, 04 April 2016

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

Winston Churchill.

Bracken Brae

It’s a damp, coolish morning after some heavy rain last night. I think it is an April showers week with everyday having sunshine and heavy downpours. We were a bit short on the ground this morning with people away racing, one of the girls on an apprentice course and one non-runner, but the ones in the yard are doing a sterling job and it is very handy to have the Hamilton Hill canter in close proximity to the stables.

Lost The Moon

I was delighted with Astrosecret’s run at Lingfield on Friday. She showed her greenness both in the paddock and on the course, but the run will have done her the world of good and once balanced in the straight, she ran on well. There is plenty of improvement in her and races to be won. Topamichi pulled much too hard once again at Ascot yesterday and was a spent force by the time they came out of Swinley Bottom for the second time. He jumped well though and I have not given up on him on much better ground. These flat horses that convert to jumping need to handle the very sticky ground we seem to get all the time nowadays and I think he will be better off jumping in the summer rather than the winter.

We have one runner today. Topalova runs at Lingfield in the 3.20. She has had two runs so far and has shown promise on both outings. I am sure she will run with credit this afternoon, but there are one or two in here that could be massive improvers and I just hope she runs well and we will have a handicap mark after today. 


I must comment on the ground at Doncaster over the weekend and how the clerk of the courses, especially this one, give the wrong going out in an attempt, it seems, to get plenty of runners. From being soft, good to soft in places when everybody declared at 48 hours, it was changed after the first race to soft, heavy in places. It was in fact heavy, horrible ground with very little grass on the course. This then produced a massive list of non-runners both on the day, Saturday and the following day, Sunday. It is completely unfair to the horsemen, trainers and owners as it costs a lot of money to enter and then transport the horse to the course. It also costs the owner, if they withdraw after a certain time, the jockeys fee (which is another story) not to mention being wrong for the public who are having a bet. They could be placing a bet in the morning on what they perceive is not bad ground, to having no chance at all as their horses couldn’t possibly win on heavy ground. The clerk of the courses should be given a severe fine for this as it is the only way that they will learn and give the honest truth, but I am sure nothing will happen once again and they will continue to do it. I just can’t get my head round the reason the BHA cannot do anything.

Heading back into the yard

I was delighted for a number of my owners this weekend. Mystic Meg is now back on the Sun on Sunday and the Sun newspaper on a daily basis. Her stars have always been so popular with the public and there was such a demand for her to return. Judi Dench also needs congratulating as she won a record breaking eighth Olivier Award for her performance in The Winter’s Tale. Another owner who must be congratulated on his great weekend is Richard Marriot who, as well as having a birthday, won numerous cups and rosettes at three flower shows over the two days. He is steadily going up the handicap and is verging on Listed class now. How long will it be before he wins a Classic?