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What a fantastic weekend of racing

Monday, 12 September 2016

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the will to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill.

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Desert River walking to the stalls

It started off cool this morning and I fed round in a coat. It got even cooler as the light came up, but gradually as the morning has progressed, the temperature has quickly started to move upwards. The forecasters tell us it is going to be the hottest September day on record tomorrow with the air moving up from the continent and as to what rugs we put on the horses tonight, is anybody’s guess. We had a couple of new staff arrivals this morning, which certainly helps, and let’s hope they fit into our happy band easily. We have been cantering on Southfields polytracks and although I have been easy on a few whose blood results are not brilliant, the majority of them have cantered with plenty of life.

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Going in...

Peeps jumped out of the stalls well on Saturday, but without the blinkers on I don’t think she puts it all in. Although Georgia gave her a very good ride and had her in the right position at all times, when push came to shove the turbo wasn’t there. The blinkers concentrate her mind and she puts the effort in. We will have to give her plenty of stalls training with the headgear on where I am sure we will see a much better result.

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... and standing quietly, waiting to jump out

It’s been a great weekend of racing and congratulations go to the Mongan’s and the first Epsom trained winner for quite a while. You always need a bit of luck and they certainly got it on Saturday with the favourite unseating his jockey. I am sure they will have enjoyed the party, as we did many years ago. The Irish weekend gave us plenty of excitement and some favourites were overturned. It all makes for great watching. We now have the Ayr Festival to look forward to at the end of the week. These races just keep on coming.

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Second lot walking back to the yard

There is a big article today in the Racing Post on the increase of non-runners and what the journalist thinks should be done about it. He obviously has never been a trainer, or doesn’t understand all the problems we have, constantly trying to outguess the clerk of the courses who tell us the ground is one thing, when it is the complete opposite. The going stick is a complete waste of time and money and the pressure on clerks to get maximum fields encourages them to put a slant on the going, which in turn, encourages trainers to run. We have all run horses on unsuitable ground only to find them jarred up or run badly on it. If there is an abuse of the system the connections involved should be jumped on with a proper sanction. However, 99% of the time the non-runners will be for genuine reasons and with the 48 hour declarations, it is imperative the trainers have the option.