Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

We have two late runners tonight at Chelmsford

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

"We acquire the strength we have overcome."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Cantering on the Hamilton Hill

It’s a much brighter morning with sunshine, no rain and no wind. It has been quite busy though, with horses galloping Across The Flat at first lot and the majority of the others using Hamilton Hill for their exercise. A couple of non-runners staff wise, one on the yard and one on the stud, which just drives me to distraction as your plans go out the window and it gives more work for everybody else. It just seems to me to be a problem of our time that staff don’t have any get up and go and enthusiasm for working. A lot of them think they are owed a living. You cannot work for a fairer and straighter person than me and I will do anything for them, but some don’t seem to want any help whatsoever.

Topalova leading the exercise

We have two runners today, very late tonight at Chelmsford City. Desert River quickly reappears in the six furlong handicap at 8.40. He had a good blow at Nottingham, has shown form on this track before and it will be fascinating to see how he goes tonight. I think he will be much better when we see him over seven furlongs or a mile, but I am not discounting him being competitive tonight. Our other runner is Dot Green in the 9.10. She was beaten at one to four last time in a false run race and on a track that may not have suited. I would hope she can put that run behind her tonight. Darryll Holland rides them both.

Astroshadow walking round the yard

I see the BHA have just done a survey which suggested that 20,000 betting accounts have been closed by bookmakers in the past six months and many more have been restricted. With the expansion of internet betting and all sorts of fancy bets, betting in running etc. gambling has got much more technical and quicker. Gone are the days when you used to go into a betting shop and have ten shillings on the favourite or the one you fancied. It is now push a button as quickly as possible. Bookmakers are either what they are named or not, and to my mind shouldn’t have a licence if they close accounts in the numbers this survey is talking about. Don’t forget also, that any tax would be lost if these gamblers stop betting on horseracing. I know it is a commercial decision by each bookmaker and they have their business to run, but it does seem a lot to me. Talking about a lot, the record breaking jockey of all time has just retired. Russell Baze has just called time on his career after having over 53,000 rides and riding 12,844 winners. What a fantastic achievement and very few people outside North America would have heard of him, including me, I am sad to say.

Heavensfield having a pick of grass in the paddock

Royal Ascot started in the rain yesterday, but as usual it was a fantastic spectacle and I heard myself shouting the American filly home in the Queen Anne. Her offset front legs certainly didn’t stop her and, very similar to Attraction, just shows that you should not be too put off by conformation. The one thing that does put me off watching the television is the presenters. Tony McCoy was the world’s best jump jockey, who we will never see the like again, and Mick Fitzgerald was well up there, but why oh why do we have jump jockeys talking about our best flat meeting. Where are the flat jockeys and trainers who could be giving a proper insight into what could be happening on the track? You would never get two flat jockeys talking at the Cheltenham Festival and being asked stupid questions. Asking McCoy what it is like to come out of the starting stalls is like asking Frankie Dettori or Ryan Moore what it is like jumping Becher’s Brook. I hope ITV when they get the contract don’t continue with this bad practice. Have the two for the jump meetings, but not the flat. At least Mick Fitzgerald didn’t ask Adam Kirby if he was an all-weather jockey once again.

Our tipping competition didn’t get off to a very good start, in fact we were very poor and I hope today's selections are better.  I am making my excuses now as I have been in the yard at 4.30 every day so far this week and my brain is working overtime about so many others things when doing my selections. Our selections are below

  1.                         Richard                                    MHT

2.30                 Light Music                             Castle Harbour

3.05                 Al Johrah                                 Kachess

3.40                 Usherette                                Jazzi Top

4.20                 A Shin Hikari                          Found

5.00                 Portage                                   Convey

5.35                 Anamba                                   Mix And Mingle

Yesterdays Total
Richard: minus £33.75
MHT: minus £60