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Our runners tonight are at Kempton

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

"When you finally go back to you old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood."

Sam Ewing.

Ahmed putting bedding outside each stable

It’s a very warm morning once again, over 30 degrees already. It was so warm at Yarmouth yesterday, and despite my diet, I have to admit I had an ice cream. However, my phone tells me I had walked 10 miles so I think I was entitled to just the one. We have had another very busy morning, with runners going to Kempton and we have been cantering on the Southfields Round polytrack and Hamilton Hill. I took quite a lot of bloods the other night which showed that most of them were ok, but we still have one or two that are not quite right. Although they are eating everything, look pictures, not coughing, working well when not under pressure, it is only on the racecourse when they are at their maximum that it shows. I see one of the main Darley trainers was bemoaning his luck with the infection widespread in Newmarket. When you have the number of horses in training that there is in Great Britain, and the movement back and forth of all sorts of horses, infection is always going to the rife and it is only a matter of time, I think, before something of a more serious nature, infection wise, comes in. We in racing have got a great code of conduct about infectious diseases, but I don’t think that can be said of all other equestrian codes, i.e., show jumpers, endurance etc.

Exercise over, off for a pick of grass

I was delighted with Sandwood Bay yesterday at Yarmouth who ran very well to be fourth, only beaten 2 and ¾ lengths. She is sure to win a nursery or even a maiden over this trip, on easier ground. I am delighted for Mr Reed and, as it is the first foal of the mare, it is always pleasing. Diverting has a very nice foal by Farhh on the ground this year.

Heavensfield hated the ground when put under pressure and was constantly changing her leads before Darryll accepted the situation. Her best run was on softer ground at Ripon and we will have to wait now until the heavens open.

We have two runners tonight at Kempton. Once again I have got a long wait as the first runner is in the 5.40. Astrosecret runs in the mile and half three-year-old and over fillies and mares handicap. She certainly wants softer ground on the turf and I have had to run her on the polytrack to keep her on the move. She has run well each time she has run and is high enough in the handicap. It will be very interesting to see how she performs tonight. I have then got a long wait until the 8.40 when Desert River runs. His form has progressively got better, with a good win at Chelmsford, followed by a very sound one at Yarmouth. He has run well here in the past and if he behaves himself in the stalls, he will run well once again.

Sandwood Bay in the parade ring yesterday at Yarmouth

It is very said to read of the death of Tom O’Ryan. He was a champion for northern racing, was a brilliant journalist and broadcaster and everybody held him in the highest esteem. He will be very sadly missed by everybody in the racing industry. Our condolences go to all his family.

Adjusting girths before going out to canter

I have to tell you that the horsewalker is now working after the turn it off, turn it on advice, so don’t forget that bit of information. When your computer is playing up, just turn it on and turn it off again and don’t pay for a very expensive visit from an expert who charges you the earth and only takes two minutes to put it right. Waggle the wires, hit it with a hammer, they all work.