Go to Kempton or Wolverhampton and then you will see what racing is really like ...

Two runners at Kempton

Wednesday, 01 November 2017

"November... leads the months their wintry round."

Anne Hunter.


Rum Ration

It's a brightish day with a reasonable breeze which has certainly made it much colder at first and second lots. It looks as though the weather will remain dry in the south but Scotland and the north of England will be getting some rain. I have been using the Rubbing House polytrack this morning, as the grass is much too firm, and getting a good blow into several horses who are likely to be running in the near future.


Saint Anthony

We have two runners today both at Kempton this evening. Bracken Brae is our first in the two mile handicap at 6.55. She is ultra consistant and, although being off the track for a couple of months, she should run reasonably well tonight. This does look quite a competitive contest though, and you need to be in the right place throughout. Our other runner is Dixon in the 7.55, a mile and a half handicap. He is very capable of being involved in this contest but is drawn at Heathrow Airport and will have to get out and on the ball early in the race. His saddle slipped last time so lets hope things go much more smoothly tonight. Alan_topapinion

Topapinion and below TTMAB having a pick of grass     TTMab_having_a_pick

I see the government announced its intention on the betting shop machines yesterday. Well in fact they didn't come out with any answers but declared another 12 week consultation period. This is just to decide whether the minimum allowed in one spin is £2 or £50. They say this delay in making their mind up is to avoid a judicial revue which the bookmakers could demand. I would think somewhere in the middle will be the final decision and everybody will go away no better off. The betting shops nowadays are only arcades for these machines as most people bet on their phones, but the one thing they do is bring in media right money for the racing pictures to be beamed into the shops. Needless to say bookmakers shares rose on this announcement. 



It was very sad to read of the death of Mary Reveley. She was the pioneer of lady trainers and could train any type of horse. A quiet unassuming lady, she knew her horses inside out and a finer horsewoman you would be hard to find. Our condolences go to all her family and friends.