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Peeps runs tomorrow

Friday, 09 September 2016

"A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of educations."

Smiley Blanton.

Working on the Watered Gallop

It’s another warm morning, in fact much closer than yesterday with the forecast saying there will be rain over the weekend. It feels very thundery to me. It has been a hectic morning horse wise with some on the watered gallop doing fast work, some general cantering and the vet has been in to take some blood and scope several of them. There are still a few that aren’t right and it is just driving me to distraction. We do everything right here, take temperatures several times a day, great stable management, we dip everything in the best disinfectant you can get, the boxes are airy and have good ventilation and yet still you get these infections time and again and you never know until you either run them and set them back, or constantly have a vet in costing everybody the earth.

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(L) Bracken Brae and Sant'Elia and (R) Topamichi leading Lost The Moon and Astrowizard

We have no runners today but Peeps runs tomorrow at Lingfield in the one mile, six furlong handicap. The ground should suit but we have got the world’s worst draw in eleven so will have to see what my apprentice can do with that. I have never known her eat better than she is at the moment and she must have a chance, if she can get a clear run through.

The runners we were going to have on Sunday have got bad bloods so will not be running.

Cantering to the start of the gallop

It is the St. Leger on Saturday where the favourite looks home and dry and thank goodness Coolmoore support this Classic so well. What a fantastic stallion Galileo is, as not only does he get horses of any distance - sprinters, middle distance, Gold Cup horses - he puts in the will to winning them constantly. It is also the start of the Irish Champions weekend with some fantastic racing on offer at both Leopardstown and the Curragh. If it didn’t interfere with the Doncaster festival, it would be perfect.

Gee Sixty Six and Indian Red working second lot

I mentioned the new silks yesterday and there is an article in the Post today going on about it. At least the author points out how expensive it is to become an owner with all the cost of registration etc. and this must be made simpler by the BHA. If they can sort out this first process, get prize money to a realistic level, get the fixture list sorted out so the cost wouldn’t keep spiralling and give the owners the respect they deserve on the racetrack, it would sort the problem out, but I think they would rather come up with six sets of jazzy colours which will do absolutely nothing to encourage new owners.