Altered Method runs tonight in the 7.15 ...

Desert River acts on the turf

Friday, 12 August 2016

"Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim."

Jane Austen.

The string cantering

It's a much better morning weather-wise with  no wind, some sunshine and a very good working temperature which I am sure will be climbing as the day goes on. First lot went over and did some work on the Peat Moss gallop which rode very well, and second lot has been on the Rubbing House polytrack. The horses are looking in great condition and with them starting to run into form, if we can steer clear of any more coughing, we have plenty to look forward to.



Desert River ran a very sound race last night to finish second. I was delighted he went in the stalls and behaved himself. He got the 7 furlongs well and this opens plenty of avenues now, including on the turf which he handled very well. The ground last night was very good after the Clerk of the Course had obviously over watered. We have one runner this weekend tomorrow night at Lingfield.

We run Regal Galaxy at Lingfield in the 7.35 which is the 2 mile handicap. She's out of the handicap but has run well here before and should not disgrace herself.


I am delighted to say the Jockey Club has now announced that they are going to build 145 new dwellings that are specifically for racing personnel split between two sites on the Hamilton Road here in Newmarket. I have been pushing for this initative for along time now as the rents and house prices have been escalating for the last fifteen years in the town. It will mean stable staff can have a modern, up-to-date home and if they want to can get on the housing ladder. I thank the Jockey Club and everybody involved in this campaign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Careless Rapture

The other news to relay is that Sean O'Connor, whom many of my owners will know, is to become the Chief Executive of the Racing Centre here in Newmarket. As a trustee of the Centre I am delighted with this news and know he will do a top class job pulling the community and the racing world together. We have revolutionised the Centre over the past few years with the Racefit Gym , physiotherapists and new bars. In addition we now have Racing Welfare and the Stable Staff Association with their offices on site so it is a one stop centre for everybody. Sean has the full backing of the trustees and there are exciting times ahead.



Yet another ground article in the Post today this time on the going preference by sires. If you read the whole article it's purely common sense that it is confirmation and action which plays the biggest part in deciding the prefered ground of any horse. I think the sire idea can work in a small way as sires that stamp their stock i.e. ones with long pasterns or short coupled can influence tha action of their offspring. Basically though when you are buying a horse you look at the individual and buy what you like regardless of what ground the sire and the dam went on.

Our new cartoonist has got into the swing of this week's topic....