The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have two runners today at Yarmouth

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."

Roger Lewin.

It's a really wet morning

At long last the promised rain has arrived, 15mm already overnight and it is still pounding it down as we write this. It is forecast to stay around quite a while today and then showers for the rest of the week, but this rain will do so much good for the gallops and the paddocks at home. All the hay making men will be delighted as well as it should encourage a good growth of grass. We have been keeping close to home this morning getting the lots in and out as quickly and safely as possible. Two good canters on Hamilton Hill have been perfect for that.

Velvet Voice cantering through the rain

I have sent two runners off to Yarmouth today where the Clerk of the Course tells me that the ground will now be good. Neither of these fillies wants it anywhere near soft and if soft goes in the going description, neither will run. Astrosecret hated it at Salisbury last year and so did Dot Green at Sandown. I know it is hard for owners to understand, but some horses just cannot go a yard, especially when being asked to quicken. It is alright going the normal pace but when they have to make the effort and stride on, they just lose their action and get lost in the ground. If they both take the chance on good ground I expect them to improve from their first runs of the year and be competitive in their races.

Topalova on Hamilton Hill

I see Windsor have replaced their Clerk of Course who has been officiating over their abandonments. Following on from what I said yesterday they certainly needed to do something as the professionals, and the public, were starting to lose faith in the course itself. It has always been such a popular Monday night meeting, which must have been a good money spinner for the group, but if the farce of being abandoned had continued, they would have lost all credibility. Watering is the problem and they just can never get it right, so, to my mind just don’t water and let nature takes it course. As trainers keep going on about, some horses like it fast, some like it soft, if they don’t water, it makes it fair for everybody. A good covering of grass is better than anything, but in this day and age it is very hard to find a good groundsman who knows what they are doing.