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We are sending out seven runners today

Thursday, 22 September 2016

"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers."

Adlai E. Stevenson.

Warming up before exercise

There is no fog this morning and it is a much brighter and nicer start than yesterday. It is quite hectic though with a lot of runners today. Horses have left early and the rest have been on the walker before going racing. The forecast looks like it is going to be quite dry for the rest of the week with just the occasional shower and the temperature staying pretty much as it is. We have been cantering on Southfields Round and everything has gone smoothly.

Bracken Brae

We have gone from famine to feast today with seven runners altogether, two at Pontefract, one at Newmarket and four tonight at Chelmsford. At Pontefract we start off with Sandwood Bay who runs in the very competitive fillies’ nursery over one mile at 2.55. She is taking on a couple of her latest rivals on better terms today and if the ground has gone a bit easier, it should suit. She has run two sound races on a flat galloping track (Yarmouth) and it would be interesting to see how she handles the uphill and undulations of Pontefract. There are a lot of unknown quantities in this race and I am sure there will be plenty of winners to come from it. Our other runner at Pontefract is Sant’Elia who runs in the 6.10 the mile and a half apprentice handicap. She has not run for 150 days and in fact has had very little racing. She is a great big filly who has taken time to get her act together and has been constantly growing. However, I think now we are starting to get somewhere and although I don’t quite see her winning this today, she will improve considerably for it.

At Newmarket we run Dot Green in another very competitive handicap at 5.20. She was disappointing at York last time, but the ground and the racecourse combined to get her upset. Let’s hope todays closer to home race can bring a good run from her.

We then go down to Chelmsford where our first runner is at 6.45. Regal Galaxy is our runner in this one. She has not been out the first five this year and I don’t think she will be again tonight. She certainly doesn’t stay two miles but one mile five furlongs should be within her compass. Topamichi is our fifth runner at 8.15. He has run much better of late, is a course and distance winner, is beginning to get the right side of the handicap and I hope he can run a sound race tonight. Our last two runners are both in the same race a 9.15, the one mile two furlong maiden. Astrowizard has had a little adjustment to his wind since running last time and this will be like his first run again. I don’t know what he will think to the turns and the all-weather as he is a horse of over 17 hands, but it will give him another good education. Lost The Moon has been plagued with the virus since her introduction at Sandown. She is another big rangy filly who will have a future later on.

Sant'Elia and Sandwood Bay at Pontefract

On reading the Racing Post headline this morning on the Irish Turf Club not testing for cobalt and milkshakes, with heavy criticism from one of Ireland's leading Irish trainers, Jim Bolger, I was amazed by it all as I thought all racing nations, especially Ireland, would test for these things. It doesn’t make it a level playing field at all as these procedures can mask illegal drugs in post-race testing. Why we can’t have the same rules and tests in every racing country and jurisdiction, is completely beyond me. If we don’t sort it out, it will start to get like athletics where cheating is supposedly widespread and people just don’t watch it. This great sport of ours needs to be clean of anybody cheating and so only the best horses come to the top, not ones that have lived on chemicals.