Encouraging reports...

We are running one at Catterick today

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

"Curiosity is the engine of achievement." 

Ken Robinson.

It's a really foggy start

The day has started off with very thick cold fog and it was hard to see the horses gallop. In fact I nearly lost them as I was walking across the heath first thing. It will gradually clear as the sun comes up and it is forecast to be a very mild day. There is no wind and it looks like being this way for most of the week. We have a couple going through the sales this morning so everybody is rushing about cantering horses and getting organised.

The horses can finally be seen

Heavensfield ran a sound race yesterday to finish third. I don’t think the draw helped her at all and she was a bit keen for most of the race. She stayed well and will get further and I am sure I will find some races for her in the next couple of months.

We have one runner today at Catterick where Topalova runs in the 2.55, the nearly two mile handicap. She has got a better draw than yesterday’s runner and ran a much better race last time at Yarmouth. I am not too sure about the really soft ground, but we have got no weight and I would be hopeful of a reasonable show.

Walking back through the archway

I wrote a letter to the Racing Post over the weekend about the abandonment of the Yarmouth race last week. Basically the gist of the letter was that ARC could be seen in a very good light if they compensated, even in a small way, the owners who had wasted their time and money and not had a run. But as usual the racecourses, like the bookies, find good ways of getting out of any financial situation. Let’s hope my letter and the article which is in the Racing Post today can change their minds, but don’t hold your breath. The racecourses number one priority should be to look after the owners who supply the horses for them to run a business.