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We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford

Thursday, 27 October 2016

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."

Cynthia Ozick.

First lot and it's still quite dark

It’s slightly colder this morning but there is a breeze as such and the sun is starting to get up now. I have kept the string close to home on Hamilton Hill for the morning and we have been doing two good canters with everything moving well. We are starting to see strings of yearlings about and I have just had to put one or two people straight as to the etiquette of the heath. There are a few pre-trainers on racecourse side, and if they are cantering their youngsters on the canter you want to use, it takes forever for them to finish which can cause a lot of friction. I hope the heath foremen can sort this out. We certainly didn’t have yearlings cantering up Warren Hill on Bury Side and it should be the same over the whole heath.

Velvet voice leading Astrosecret at second lot

We have one runner tonight at Chelmsford. Hold Firm runs in the one mile handicap with Georgia on at 7.10. He hasn’t run for 245 days as he had a bit of a problem and needed some time to get over. We have done some good work with him, but I think he will need the outing tonight. He has been ultra-consistent in the past, always does his best and I am sure will be back wining shortly.

Bob prowling around the yard

This week’s sales have been quite amazing and horses have been disappearing to every corner of the world. It really is an international sale and if you take our overseas visitors out of the equation, it would be a completely different matter. It shows that everybody wants to buy our British bred and raced horses and long may it continue with this good second hand value. It is great if you are selling, but not particularly if you are buying. It is the last day today, which historically is always the lower performing horses and it will be interesting to see if they hold up as well.