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We have one runner today at Nottingham

Thursday, 03 August 2017

"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."

Kimberly Johnson.

The first of two canters up Hamilton Hill

TTMAB having his first canter

It’s a windy morning after being very wet yesterday. I think showers are the order of the day and will be for the next few days. We have been cantering on various surfaces this morning, Southfields turf, Southfields woodchip and a variety of polytracks on Racecourse Side. All has gone well and the horses seem very happy in themselves.

Going up together for their second canter

Our runner last night, Astrojewel, ran a fair race. She was very green for most of the time in what was pretty soft ground. She will improve enormously for this outing and I think we will see a completely different filly next time she runs.

We have one runner today. Clearance runs in the 5.40 at Nottingham, for three-year-olds only over two miles. He has had three runs so far and has not troubled the judge, but he is a horse that we have always like but has been plagued with a few minor problems along the way. He is clear of all those now and it will be interesting to see how he runs over this trip today. His dam stayed well and the sire won the Derby and is an influence for stamina. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him run a sound race, but he is one of those that will improve as the year goes on.


If anybody was watching Goodwood yesterday, they would have seen the torrential downpour with 35 mm of rain falling. This caused the ground to go really soft with a plethora of non-runners. It turned every race into a mud lark charter and it just goes to show that no horse is invincible, especially when the ground comes like this.

Our tipping didn’t go very well yesterday, although there were a few horses that ran ok. With the non-runners, which don’t count against the general loss, it doesn’t look too bad. We are both still a long way minus though. Let’s hope they get some sunshine there today and that everybody has dried out from yesterday. Our selections are below.


1.50  Kings Gift    2.25  Endless Time    3.00  Green Power    3.35  Winter    4.10  Cheeky Rascal    4.45  Ripley    5.20  Carlton Frankie


1.50  Addeybb    2.25  Harlequeen    3.00  Etefaaq    3.35  Sobetsu    4.10  Jedi Master    4.45  Roulette    5.50  Megan Lily

Totals so far

MHT: minus £82.50

Richard: minus £120

True Calling

Some tracks and many yards have what is known as an enclosed loading ramp. When you are putting the horse on the horsebox, the ramp comes down between two side boards and a back board, so once the horse is in the loading area, it can’t go sideways or backwards and the only way to go is forward into the box. These are cheap and simple to build. This is one of my bugbears as if you haven’t got one of these and they are awkward to load, you can waste a lot of time loading your own horse or waiting for others to load theirs. Leicester doesn’t have one of these and last night much delay was caused. I am going to write to everybody I can think of today, but especially the Racecourse Association, the BHA, and our National Trainers Federation to encourage any racecourse that haven’t got one of these ramps, to build one. It is amazing that this isn’t a rule as any horseman will tell you it is a must have.