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We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Monday, 15 August 2016

"Happiness is a place between too little and too much."

Finnish proverb.

Topamichi leading on the woodchip canter

It’s a perfect working morning once again, dry, a slight breeze, a good temperature and everybody happy. We have been using various all-weather canters and the woodchip on Southfields this morning and all has gone well once again. Let’s hope it continues like this for the rest of the week, although I think I did see the forecast was for wet weather next weekend.


Regal Galaxy failed to stay at Lingfield at the weekend and I will now be reverting to a mile and a half, which I think will be a much more suitable trip. She may also have been in season as she was showing signs yesterday and today. It is sometimes very hard with horses in training and young fillies to pick up any signs of this beforehand and it is only afterwards, when they have underperformed, that you find out.

We have two runners today, both at Chelmsford, both for Mr Reed and both homebreds. Sandwood Bay runs in the first at 2 o’clock in what looks a reasonably competitive fillies maiden. She ran better than her finishing position last time when she was sixth at Yarmouth, has a good draw today and I am hopeful she will perform with credit. I am sure she is capable of winning races this season. Careless Rapture is our other runner at 4 o’clock. She has shown very little this year, is out of the handicap and I am just hoping the increase in trip and blinkers might bring about some improvement.

Heavensfield leading Dot Green and Desert River

It’s the Ebor meeting at York this week starting on Wednesday and culminating in the Ebor handicap on Saturday. It is a fantastic meeting and I think one of the best of the year. You have got the Juddmonte International and the Voltigeur to kick start the week off. It is another one of those must go to meetings sometime in your life. There will be a big crowd every day and you don’t need pop groups, just horses and exciting racing, to get good crowds. There is all this talk at the moment about attracting new people to race meetings as we saw on Saturday at Market Rasen. They saw a record crowd, but they had only come to see the singer, not the racing. I don’t understand why racecourses don’t just put on a pop concert and do away with the racing. All it does is alienate normal racing fans, but the courses don’t seem to mind doing that.