Velvet Vision wins well at Newcastle ....

Our horses didn't disgrace themselves yesterday

Friday, 23 September 2016

"Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly."


Desert River on the Cambridge Road polytrack

It’s much colder this morning, and in fact I was thinking I should be getting my bigger sweaters out as I walked across the heath at first lot. It is bright though and the temperature is sure to shoot up as the morning progresses. I think this is the forecast for the next few days, clear and bright with a few showers until at least the middle of next week. We have been cantering on the Cambridge Road polytrack after a preliminary lob down the Links canter. All has gone well and no coughers.

     11_Tlova     12_Bracken
Topalova and Bracken Brae

It was an interesting day yesterday with all our runners. Sandwood Bay ran a very sound race on a track that really didn’t suit her to be only beaten two and a quarter lengths. There are races to be won with her and she will improve considerably still. As I said yesterday, that race will throw up plenty of winners. Sant’elia will improve greatly for the outing and had a good blow for half an hour afterwards. I wouldn’t write her off yet.

Dot Green got very warm in the stalls once again and we may fit her with a hood next time to hopefully keep her calmer. She travelled well for a long way and weakened inside the final furlong, but she had used plenty of nervous energy and this is not her true running.

Regal Galaxy could never quite get into it after a slow break and I think we need to ride her a lot more prominently next time. Topamichi wasn’t beaten too far either in his race, about six lengths, and he was another one who couldn’t get into the right position. Lost The Moon ran a sound race to finish fifth, not beaten too far, and Astrowizard got bumped early, which frightened him, but he ran better than he did at Newmarket, needs a lot further and will be having another run quite quickly. They have all come back safe and sound.

Velvet Voice on Hamilton Hill

The BHA have announced changes to the weight for age rules with the allowances that three-year-olds get from the older horses being reduced. This is after so called ‘data collections’ and has been agreed by all the European authority’s. I call this tinkering and I think it is finding jobs for people who have very little to do. You are always going to get three-year-olds improving and the older horses having shown what they are capable of, plus the average winning distance, especially over a mile and a quarter plus, will be much longer than five furlongs to a mile. It is just obvious to me. I think I would have left it as it is, or if not made a much more radical change. Facts and figures can look good on paper, but in reality they often don’t work out.

Exercise over, back to the yard for a wash down

I see the BHA’s idea of selling six new colours has not been a great hit. When looking at the website this morning, two had not even had a bid. I think they pitched the starting price at £5,000, much too high and would have been better starting at a £1,000, which would have stimulated some bidding. We have got a great colour system and these new ones will only muddle the process. It will be interesting to see who has acquired them.