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

The diet really does start on Monday

Friday, 29 July 2016

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake."

Marie Ray.

Mr Turner leading Desert River on Southfields Round

It’s overcast, but the forecast is for a good weekend, with very little rain, if any. We are a bit short on the ground staff wise this morning, but everybody is pulling their weight and we are getting all the horses exercised well. Southfields Round and Hamilton Hill polytracks have been the cantering grounds this morning and we have only had one that has given a bark after exercising. A couple of the trachea washes that we took have come back dirty and those horses are on a course of injections, which should nip it in the bud.

Regal Galaxy in the parade ring at Nottingham yesterday

Regal Galaxy didn’t run as badly as it looked on paper yesterday as Joey eased her up from the furlong pole. His comments were that a one mile six furlong to two miles on much softer ground would suit, as it was pretty firm there yesterday. If the ground doesn’t soften up we will be running her on the all-weather until it does. She is a genuine filly who will be winning races.

There are two more days of Goodwood to go with the highlight of today being the King George Stakes over the very quick five furlongs. I think they had a slight shower of rain or two yesterday, but it shouldn’t make much difference to the surface. Tomorrow it all builds to a crescendo with the Stewards Cup and the Nassau Stakes, with the unbelievable filly, Minding, trying to win another Group 1. The Stewards Cup is always a complete cavalry charge and anything could win it, but my one against the field each way would be Hold Tight.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill second lot

I see the Racecourse Association chairman insists that the anti-social behaviour of a minority of racegoers is being tackled. As we said this week, it is becoming common place on racetracks, especially on the music nights, where a lot of the customers have no interest whatsoever in the racing and just try and drink as much as they can before the band comes on. The RCA chief executive states they are a partner with the drink aware charity who is responsible for reducing alcohol related harm. Each British racecourse is an ambassador for the pace yourself campaign he says. Well I am sure this is the first time anybody has heard of this one. This situation will only get worse and it is a good job Richard Hughes’ article brought it to the wider audience.

Dixon enjoying a pick of grass after exercise

Our competitors for the diet are starting to get ready for next week, August 1st. At present we have myself, Ian in the office, Max and Malcolm Franklin, Ray and Angela Smith, Richard Marriott, John Brenchley, John Sexton and Becky our farrier, although she has just told me she has got to have a major operation on her knee, which will make her very immobile and having to sit still for long periods. I told her it would be character building and to drink a lot of water. I am not sure how well that went down. Our total weight will be up on the competition page and will be updated weekly.