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Topaling runs tonight at Wolverhampton

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

"God has given you a face, you make yourself another."

William Shakespeare.


The string walking back

We have got wind coming from the arctic this morning and if you are anywhere in the open, you need five layers of clothing on to keep warm. It is expected to continue this way until at least next week. I have kept the horses quite close to home today. First lot did some fast work on the Rubbing House polytrack and the rest have been doing two Yorkshire canters on Hamilton Hill. All has gone well so far.


Smile That Smile

It was one of those days yesterday when at ten to twelve we got the phone call to say that Saleem was ill with flu and couldn’t get out of bed and would be off for the next few days. This meant I had to find a jockey for the two runners at Chelmsford, plus today at Wolverhampton and tomorrow at Pontefract. With the amount of fixtures we had on, all the top jockeys were either going on to Windsor after the 4 o’clock at Chelmsford, going out for dinner or already had a ride in the races. Tom Brown jumped up to the plate and gave the first filly a very good ride. Heavensfield, who was very green throughout, got the idea late on and stayed on well in a race that will turn out to produce nothing but winners. He unfortunately clipped heals when trying to launch a challenge in the last and the least said about that the better. I managed to get Luke Morris to ride today and Philip Makin on Wednesday. Our other runner, Sant’Elia, blew for half an hour and I wasn’t too disappointed with her run.

Today we have Topaling running at Wolverhampton in the ten past eight. She loves this course and has won over the trip, but with only three runners now it will be a muddling race, so you never know what will happen. At least we will be picking up prize money. 


Desert River

It is the first day of the Punchestown Festival, which goes on all week. I don’t think it is quite as riotous as the Galway Festival, but it is a fantastic place to go, with the races being top class and the Irish hospitality usually second to none. There will be plenty of sore heads as the week goes on, especially if the favourites keep winning. This festival is the climax of the Irish jump season and trainers try and plan around it, very similar to Cheltenham and Liverpool. I think you can do two of the three, but have to have a supreme horse to do all three.


Exquisite blossom at the yard