The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 25 May 2017

"I have no method. Method is imitation. I invent.

Frederico Tesio.

True Calling on the Hamilton Hill

It sounds like it is going to be the warmest day of the year so far and with bright sunshine and no wind, the forecasters could be right. We have been cracking on with the horses this morning, keeping close to home with a good canter and then a quarter of an hour pick of grass. All the horses have been very relaxed and happy. Let’s hope it continues in the same vein.

Koin having a pick of grass

We have two runners today, both at Chelmsford City this evening. Old favourite Hold Firm runs in the 6.20, but is minus Gabriele Malune tonight as he had a bad fall yesterday and dislocated his shoulder and collarbone. It must have been very painful, although he did phone me last night to say he was so sorry and he would be back next week. I think that is very wishful thinking as I know when I dislocated my hip many years ago in a fall it took three or four months to come right. Stevie Donohoe takes over tonight and, in a reasonably competitive race, he would certainly have an each way chance, but it is not a good thing.

 Our other runner is Gee Sixty Six in the mile and a quarter handicap. I have dropped him back in trip after he pulled too hard last time over a lot further, and we will be fitting him with some headgear, which should help the jockey. He has always shown plenty of ability at home but he needs to learn to settle if he is to fulfil his full potential. I hope things go to plan tonight and he should run a very respectable race.


Tegan filling the water buckets and Ahmed emptying the wheelbarrow

I couldn’t agree more with Steve Dennis in the Racing Post today.  He said entry to the parade ring needs restricting. It is one of the big perks of an owner, to be able to come into the paddock with the trainer and jockey to discuss tactics beforehand. But nowadays it seems every Tom, Dick or Harry is allowed in and there have been one or two accidents, which may have been avoided. If more people are given unrestricted access, it is only a matter of time before a bad accident happens. Large syndicates ought to be able to have 10 or 12 members each time, but no more and the syndicate managers should work this out beforehand. It would work well on a rotation basis and the members would all understand the reason why. Personally, I think the TV coverage in the paddock is overdone, and cameras can be very off putting to horses, if they are of that disposition. This whole parade ring entry is something the BHA should discuss and sort out to everybody’s agreement.