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

Two lots work on the Watered Gallop

Tuesday, 09 August 2016

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."


The perfect Watered Gallop

Heavensfield, Astrosecret and Topalova, and below

Velvet Voice and Sandwood Bay


It's much cooler this morning with the overnight temperature certainly the lowest for quite a while, but the forecasters tell us another heatwave is on the way at the weekend. I worked some horses both first and second lot on the Watered Gallop. We had no coughers and enthusiasm was high both with horses and riders.

Cantering to the Rubbing House and back below


One runner today at Lingfield, Peeps runs in the 7.15, the mile and a half handicap. This looks a trappy race but I am very happy with my horse at present and I am sure she will give a good account of herself this evening. She has been placed on numerous occasions and let's hope that tonight's the night.

Shaun delivering the morning papers

It's interesting to see that Boylesports, the Irish based bookmaker, have made a bid to buy the 360 shops that have to be sold off as part of the merger between Ladbrokes and Coral. Betfred is also thought to be interested. So it just goes to show how profitable the gambling industry must be as there are still people queuing up to expand their businesses. Good luck to them I say, but they must be fully on board with the idea of working together with racing.

Tractor_topping                                                                       The Heathman topping

The ground debate continues today in the Racing Post with tipsters and experts all giving their opinion about what part it plays when they are backing horses. All the experts agree it's the most important part of the puzzle and that is when they are having a bet. Just think what it is like for the trainers when they are having to second guess the clerks of the courses who want runners at their tracks and give the going as "X". It is then so frustrating to all of the connections when the horse has travelled to find that after the first race the ground has been changed. Good fast ground, unwatered, has very rarely done horses any harm but watering ground can certainly cause problems. All everybody asks is honesty from the clerks.