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Working on the Watered Gallop

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them."

Marcel Proust.

Mr Turner and Dot Green

The Watered Gallop

It's another good summer day very similar to yesterday. I especially like the slight breeze which helps with the temperature. I have taken the first two lots of horses across to the Watered Gallop this morning where we met Darryll Holland. They all came down in pairs with the ground in perfect shape. The Heathmen do a great job with this strip which requires constant attention and  the watering needs to go on evenly. The gallop is moved across on a regular basis and there is always plenty of turf cover.

Permera and Astrosecret 

It was interesting at Chelmsford yesterday as although it is an all-weather track you can alter the ground by how deep or not you harrow. The track at Chelmsford has had a lot of detractors as when it came out of its slumbers of seven years it's surface was dead and tired. They have rejuvenated it by adding wax and extra material. It has been riding quite firmly of late but yesterday it was much deeper and the kick back had increased. All that trainers ask is that the surface is consistant and we know whether to run a horse that likes it firmer or one that acts on soft. Our two year old yesterday was drawn well but didn't handle the kick back. I was pleased with how she ran but the turf will definately be her next outing. Careless Rapture certainly didn't stay a mile and a half with the blinkers applied.


Velvet Voice and Topalova

There's a great interview with Mick Easterby today in the Racing Post. What a character he is, and the questions and answers are brilliant. He and his brother own half of Yorkshire and they have made it through hard work, both being brilliant trainers, having huge enthusiasm, but most of all being great salesmen and promoters of our industry. It's great fun to have a horse in training win, lose or draw. That is what we must promote.

                                                               Topamichi and Heavensfield
                                                  and below two pairs walking off the gallop