Encouraging reports...

It's the start of Royal Ascot

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

"You never have a friend all figured out. Just when you think you know what makes them tick, they tock."

Robert Brault.

Astrowizard and Mr Turner

It’s another very mixed morning weather wise. There’s plenty of cloud, mixed with heavy downpours and bright sunshine. There is no wind and the temperature is not too bad. Graham, the heath foreman, told me they had had 22mm yesterday and you can believe it as it just kept pounding down and you couldn’t hear yourself speak on the telephone in the hut. More of the same is due in the next couple of days. I was going to work on the turf this morning, but changed my mind after the rain and we did good ‘Yorkshire’ canters on the Rubbing House polytrack instead. For those of you who don’t know what I mean by Yorkshire canter, it is just a bit better than a half speed and on the bridle. 

Prayer Time and Smile That Smile

Topaling did her usual last night. She travelled well for most of the race, but then when push came to shove it was either the ground that was too soft for her, or she decided she wasn’t going to put any effort in. She is gradually slipping down the weights and I will find a race for her on her favourite all-weather track to see if she still has the enthusiasm. If not, she has won six races, is a half-sister to a group winner, is by a good broodmare sire by Halling and will be retired to the paddocks.

Dot Green and Heavensfield

Once again a race meeting was called off for the ground becoming slippy. This is now four or five times this year alone. Thirsk called it off after the third race due to it being unsafe on the bend. We never had these problems before watering became a modern craze. Who are they watering for, certainly not us the owners and trainers? I personally think it is a PR exercise by the BHA to pacify some members of the public. Look at the field at Brighton tonight where they have advertised it as being firm and will not be watering at all. Everybody will run their fast ground horses and it gives them a chance to win a race, or actually run on ground that suits them. We must stop watering straight away to alter the ground. If they want to put a little bit on to promote grass growth that is ok, but not to alter the ground. They are obsessed with having good in all their going descriptions, but the variant between the courses and the actual going is unbelievable. Let’s just be fair to everybody and not have these abandonments anymore. It will soon turn into a ‘hack round the bend boys and go flat out down the straight’. 

Desert River leading Indian Red and Time Down Under

It is the start of Royal Ascot today and our tipping competition. It is our usual rules, £10 win on one horse each, non-runner no bet. May the best man win!

  1.                            Richard                                 MHT

2.30                 Ervedya                                               Esoterique

3.05                 Caravaggio                                         Mokarris

3.40                 Move In Time                                    Mecca’s Angel

4.20                 Awtaad                                                Awtaad

5.00                 Sempri Medici                                  Mirsaale

5.35                 Tomily                                                  Bolt Phantom