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We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspirations and survival."

Winston Churchill.

Cantering in front of the stands at Newmarket

After some overnight drizzle, the morning is overcast and must be at least 10 degrees colder than yesterday. We have been busy once again with stalls practice and I must say it went much better today.  All the rest of the horses have had a good morning cantering on the polytracks close to the yards.

The new strip of ground at Yarmouth racecourse

Topalova was very disappointing yesterday at Wolverhampton. She was never going at any stage really and we will be having a good look at her at home today. She didn’t eat up overnight and that is a long way from what we know she is capable of. I am sure I will get to the bottom of it and she will be winning during the year.

We have one runner today at Lingfield where Blue Bounty runs in the 2.20. He has not run for a short while and this is a big field today, but I am sure he will once again run his usual, genuine race. He just may need this outing to sharpen him up.

Looking back up the course

Yesterday I took two horses to Yarmouth to gallop on their new strip of ground. Lost The Moon and Astrosecret came about a mile and one around the golf course bend and then down the straight. To be fair to the course they have tried very hard, but you can’t dig up a hundred years of history and expect new turf to grow as well in just a year. It was a glorious day and the ground was on the fast side of good and they had watered both bends. In my opinion the horses were still kicking the roots up and if we get rain at the first meeting, then you have 60 – 80 horses down the straight and it will do a lot of damage. The main concern yesterday was the horses pulling up around the home bend as one or two were losing their footing. It comes very sharply after the winning line and they must get this right before racing can commence. Everybody will have got their opinion and there were numerous trainers and jockeys there, but mine is we don’t need to race much there this year and it will take another year or two before it is back to anything like we had before. Why they did it I will never know.

The big top down the side of the track

It’s the third and concluding part of the stable staff series today with several of the employees giving their comments on how they see the industry and their jobs. All the staff in today’s paper came over very positively and they enjoy their jobs thoroughly. I don’t think we have learnt any more at all from this three part series and absolutely nothing has been said about the housing accommodation problem which we have got. If we can begin to sort this out it will definitely be a major factor in the retention of staff. They all want to be able to go home to a clean and tidy flat or house where everything works and they are not paying the earth for it.