The turf season is just around the corner ...

One runner today at Lingfield

Thursday, 04 May 2017

"Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realising it."

Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.

On the Schooling Ground Canter

It was really cold yesterday throughout the day and my comments about Yarmouth were completely correct as I have never been so cold. The wind was howling off the North Sea and most people were huddled inside trying to keep warm. It is not quite as cold this morning, but there is still that strong wind, which is keeping the temperature down. We have had a good morning with Gabriele Malune in riding out and we have done some fast work on the Cambridge Road polytrack, plus we have breezed up the Rubbing House canter with some two-year-olds. Most of the other horses have stayed close to home on Hamilton Hill and things are ticking over reasonably smoothly. 

Indian Red and Lost The Moon 

Our runners at Yarmouth didn’t do too badly. Both Dixon and Dot Green travelled well in their races and just blew up when asked for an extra effort. They will both be much fitter next time and you can expect to see major improvement. Desert River ran a very sound race, considering he has been off quite a while. Once we got him in the stalls he was very settled and looked like nearly winning until taking a blow inside the final furlong. I have always thought he would be a smart horse, but his stalls problems have held us up at times. Let’s hope he has turned a corner and shows his true potential in the coming year.

Clearance on the Cambridge Road Polytrack

We have one runner today, Topalova at Lingfield in the two mile handicap at 3.10. She ran a sound race last time when second to an improving horse. We are drawn well in one, maybe too well as Gabriele will need to hold his position early if he doesn’t want to get shuffled back. If she is in the right spot, I am sure she will run well. Let’s hope she can get her head in front, but if it is not today, it will be shortly.


The town is beginning to buzz with the Guineas only two days away. We have got a breeze-up sale as well as a horses in training sale tomorrow, with over 300 lots in the catalogue. There are so many sales nowadays it is hard to keep up, but there will be one or two decent horses come out of the sale as there always are. The ground will be getting faster by the minute, and the horses will certainly have to handle it if they are to win.