Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

The Peat Moss was the gallop of choice

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

"Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore

At the rim of a far-flung sky."


(L-R) Sweeping Beauty, Bracken Brae and Topalova

It’s quite breezy this morning which meant a coolish temperature early on, but it has gradually risen as the day has gone by. Windy with showers is the forecast for the next few days. We have been galloping on the Peat Moss ground this morning at first and second lot. First lot went without a hitch, but second lot didn’t go quite like I wanted. I will need to explain a bit more plainly what is required. Third lot will be staying closer to home, but once again I have heard no coughing which is always a good sign.

(R) Desert River working with a horse from Paul D'Arcy's

The racing festivals keep coming and we have got one of my favourites to look forward to this weekend, the Arc in France. This time they will be at Chantilly as Longchamp is being completely rebuilt and it could be a couple of years at least until we are back there. It needed doing though and will be fantastic when it is finished. The going once again will be a major factor and at the moment it is a dry forecast and they are calling the ground good. I hope this means everything will turn up. Every race will be competitive and it should be another great weekend.


I read that the BHA doesn’t automatically test for colbalt, or for that matter milk shaking. I was nearly certain, like most people I think, that we did do. It must all be down to cost as far as I am concerned as there will always be people trying to fiddle the system if there is no deterrent in place. You just have to look at the recent disclosures on the athletes with so many of them having illnesses which have required certain treatments. These would never have been known if the whistle blower hadn’t hacked into certain computers. We need to have a clean and level playing field and the BHA should be very strong on this point.