The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have one runner today at Kempton

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

"For you see, each day I love you more

Today more than yesterday and less then tomorrow."

Rosemonde Gerard.

Bracken Brae

It is a very windy morning, but as yet no rain. The forecast is for it to hit us later on today and stay like it for the next few days. It has not been a very nice morning so far, with a non-runner on the rider’s front and a horse having to visit the vet when pulling up lame at first lot. It’s just part of a trainer’s life, unfortunately, when these things happen. We are all like headmasters where children do sometimes get injured and hurt themselves. We are so very lucky here in Newmarket having the world’s best vets very close to hand and at 7.30, I had two of the highest ranking surgeons and equine vets looking at x-rays. Their experience is second to none and they can soon evaluate any problem. In this case it looks like time will be the cure.

Lost The Moon

It was very soft ground yesterday at Leicester and only the fittest of horses came to the fore. Astrofire ran a sound, sensible race and she will improve considerably for it. Everything was fancied and I think we will see a big improvement next time out, over a bit further. Koin was disappointing once again and we may have to find her a new vocation.

We have one runner today, tonight at Kempton where Gee Sixty Six runs in the 7.45. This is quite a competitive race and it will be fascinating to see how he goes as he has run his best race on a right handed track (Sandown) and last time he was much too fresh for his own good.

Velvet Vision

It is the start of the Doncaster St Leger meeting today with the Legends race bringing all the old jockeys out of retirement at 3.50. It is all run for charity and I think the majority of it goes to Jack Berry House. There will be a few puffing and panting afterwards and I don’t mean the horses. Good luck to them all.