Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

We have one runner today at Pontefract

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

William Shakespeare.

Permera on Hamilton Hill

It’s a bright morning but very cold and it would be even more so if the wind was up, but thank goodness it’s not. Another day of sunshine and showers, including snow, is forecast and it will be interesting to see how the course here at Newmarket will ride at the weekend for the first Classics of the season. They have been putting frost covers down every night and covering the course, so that may have helped a bit with keeping the rain out, but I am sure it will ride on the slow side of good. We have been cantering close to home once again, with the horses looking pictures in the bright sunshine and steam coming out of their noses with the freezing air.

Debriefing after Prayer Time's race on Sunday

I knew it would happen last night at Wolverhampton in a three runner race, everybody wanting to be held up and Topaling just took off with her jockey. As I have told you before you never know what is going to happen with this filly and another day she may have settled, but this time she decided she was going to go flat out. A big field with plenty of pace is ideal and after a short break she will be back out on the track. I can’t be too disappointed as she has won six races for us and she is such a character.

We have one runner today, Mr Turner at Pontefract is in the one mile two furlong maiden at 2.35. This looks a competitive race, but I have always held my horse in great esteem and I am hoping the ground is not too soft and he can start to show his true worth. He ran very well second time out last year at Newmarket on ground that was too soft for him and although I think he will need today’s outing, I am hoping he will run a sound race.

Singing Hinnie at her first proper show

There’s a very good article by Julian Muscat today in the Racing Post pointing out that very few British owners will have got runners this weekend in the first two Classics. The only answer to encourage any owner is prize money and the lower to middle tiers have been very sadly lacking in this for a long time now. With the investment from the middle eastern countries, the top end has gone ballistic and the prices at the yearling sales, forced up by demand and agents, has alienated normal British investment. How we go about changing this will take time, but the sales companies have certainly not helped by putting on very high value sales races for horses bought at specific sales. This has meant pushing two-year-olds quicker to race and has had a long term effect on them staying in training.