The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have five runners today at Yarmouth

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

"Education is the movement from darkness to light."

Allan Bloom.

Across The Flat

After showers overnight we now have good steady rain and it looks set for a few hours. We have been busy this morning with five runners and two that are going to have stalls tests leaving quite early to go to Yarmouth. It has been a logistical nightmare, but we have got there. Let’s hope it all goes smoothly, but if we get all the wind and rain that is forecast, you are going to need a mac and wellies. We have worked a few Across The Flat this morning, which went well, and the rest have stayed close to home on the polytracks.

Topalova and Velvet Voice

Our two runners yesterday didn’t trouble the judge. The two-year-old was slowly away and was certainly not sharp enough to get involved, but he enjoyed the experience, behaved very well and will come on a lot for the run. I think seven furlongs will suit him as he progresses. Stellekaya is definitely a work in progress, but once again she behaved very well and Tom Queally reported that she will improve a lot next time - mind you she needs to.

We have five runners today at Yarmouth starting with Koin in the six furlong race. She is one of five debutants in this and will obviously be lacking experience. I am sure this run will do her the world of good and she can improve from here. We have two in the one mile maiden at 2.50. Dixon who ran here a month ago over quite a lot further and Ginger Lady making her debut. Both will benefit enormously from the experience once again and we will then sort out their best distance and ground. Hold Firm is our next runner at 4.50. He is carrying an enormous weight today but Gabriele will take his 7lbs off. He will run his usual good race and I just hope it doesn’t rain and change the ground too much before then. Sandwood Bay is our last runner at 5.20. She is another who doesn’t want the ground to go too soft, but is capable of getting involved at a big price, although the major problem is the draw, which certainly doesn’t help.

Astrojewel and Honey Blossom

There is a very good article today by Colin Russell which is very poignant when you look at the prize money today on offer at Yarmouth, which is pathetic. Owner’s prize money for first place in four of these races will be below £2,000. His article is compulsory reading as the BHA and Weatherbys are the people who make the money, plus the bookmakers, and the owners are expected to keep coughing up. Colin says time for action is needed and it most certainly is. Let’s hope we have somebody with some guts and prepared to take everybody on as he would get the backing of the vast majority of owners. The BHA are holding out hoping the olive branch of the new gambling levy comes to fruition and saves them, but it seems to take forever and it will be too late if something is not done in the near future. You must build the bottom of the pyramid and make it strong as it will hold up the top and give everybody renewed enthusiasm to get there.