The turf season is just around the corner ...

Soft ground is forecast all week

Monday, 24 July 2017

"I live my daydreams in music"

Albert Einstein.

Indian Red

After a reasonably dry night, and thank goodness it held off until I finished feeding at 4.55, the rain has now hit us in a big way. We are having heavy showers followed by some brightness, and the forecast is for it to continue in this vein all week. We've been getting on well this morning considering we are short of riders and the horses have done two canters on the polytracks. This rain is really getting into the ground and most of the courses, including Newmarket, are forecasting the ground to be called "soft" for the rest of the week. It certainly will be as the BHA's rule about watering is taken literally by the courses, and when we have downpours like this they quickly go to soft. Why they can't just let nature take it's course is beyond me.


We have one runner this evening at Beverley, where Astroshadow runs at 5.55 in the two mile maiden handicap. She has had three runs of not very exciting note but we have stepped her up in trip in the hope that it may suit her better. Unfortunately she is drawn very badly in stall 11, although one of the likely favourites is drawn in 10.

Roof Garden on Hamilton Hill

It was terrible news at Haydock on Friday when one of the stall handlers very sadly lost his life in what looks like a freak accident. He was run over by the stalls and although the medics were quickly on site plus the air ambulance they were unable to save him. Our condolences go to all his family and friends.

The stall handlers, along with many others who make up the raceday staff, are unsung heroes and quietly go about their business keeping the show on the road. It is a dangerous job and all the professionals appreciate  their dedication. It's a very tiring job as well as, unlike most other countries, we move our stalls about from course to course. With the amount of racing we have, they are required to be constantly on the road. It's a great shame that all courses don't have their own set of stalls.