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We had a morning of schooling for a couple

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

"I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remain."

Anne Frank.

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Prayer Time schooling

It’s a damp morning and it looks pretty set for the day. I have had a varied exercise morning with a couple going up the schooling grounds for a pop over hurdles and the rest, after their galloping morning yesterday, keeping close to home with an easy canter and a good pick of grass. We have had quite a bit of rain here and with the course being watered all week, I am sure the ground will be at least good for this weekend’s meeting. This is what I mean about racecourses watering. Why bother putting water on when the forecast is for rain and instead of getting good fast ground, we will be having good slow ground. I implore the racecourses and the BHA just to let nature take its course rather than try and change it. This obsession with watering has definitely changed the grass structure on all the courses and has caused the ridges that a lot of these tracks are now getting. The problem is they employ so called experts who have to justify their existence and high fees by writing reports, which the gullible executives follow.

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Topalova racing at Beverley yesterday

Our two runners yesterday both ran well but by the time their races were on and although once again the clerk hadn’t changed the ground, which was officially good to firm, it was definitely soft and very rough. All the jockeys were coming in covered in mud and the times were six seconds over the standard, rather than earlier in the day when they were only a second over. It is ridiculous for the form book to show that the last two races were run on good to firm ground, which they most definitely weren’t. Topalova didn’t get the best of runs through in the straight and got squeezed up with not much room, but she kept on very well up the hill and there will be plenty of races to win with her. Permera looked like nearly winning until fitness just told and she will strip much fitter next time. All in all plenty of promise of future winners. I thought Saleem gave both of them a good ride.

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Permera (Number 2) 

I see the Guineas winner has not been ruled out of the Derby yet, although the trainer’s scientific analysis showed he wouldn’t stay. The owner looks to have overruled their thinking and is keeping his options open, quite rightly, as you never really know what is going to happen and there is only one Derby.