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We have two runners today at Wolverhampton

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

"Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself."

Thomas Jefferson.

On Hamilton Hill

It is not cold this morning, in fact it is relatively mild with no wind. This is the lull before the storm though as the forecast is for it to get considerably colder from Thursday onwards. We are very busy in the yard now that all the new yearlings are in and Tim is getting cracking with the breaking. It is amazing how they soon take to the tack and we will be riding the fillies that came in 10 days ago towards the end of the week. The last lot, which arrived yesterday, will start on the walker and in the lunge pit. They will all get clipped and have rugs on them, which I think is like having a new school uniform. Staff are still very thin on the ground with three injured, all with very minor problems, but the youth of today seem to think if they break a fingernail, they can have a week off work. Our old head lad at Phantom House, when I was pupil to Ryan Jarvis, rode out with a plaster cast on his leg after he broke his ankle. What a man, they don’t make them like him anymore. The riders I have in though are doing a sterling job and the horses are getting a really good exercise. We have got a couple of new people arriving at the end of the month, so the future looks a lot brighter, especially if the sick and sorry drag themselves back into the fold.

Dunaden ex Astrodiva in the lunge pit

We have two runners today, both at Wolverhampton. Astroblaze is our first runner at 2.10. She was very disappointing at Newmarket but this is slightly different, although there are at least five in here which will be above average. She is a little bit tricky to get on at times, but I am sure she will perform better than last time. Lost The Moon is in the next race, the two mile handicap. She is drawn once again on the outside, which is so annoying, and we will have to drop her in. She has run reasonably well here in the past and I am sure she could get competitive today, if getting some luck in running.

     03_Vista     05_Melo
Two of the new intake (L) Velvet Vista and (R) Melo Pearl

I see another trainer got fined for a positive test and we are all going to have to take as many measures as we can do to stop any human medicine cross contaminating into our racehorses. The testing system nowadays is very sensitive and can show up any little deviation, but with the amount of racing we have and the turnover of staff in all the yards, it is very hard to keep on top of what medication staff are taking and what they are doing at all times. You can only put up so many signs and tell them every single day not to drink energy drinks in the stable etc., but how do you control racecourse staff that are also mucking out the boxes. Today we have jumping at Lingfield and tomorrow I am in the 11.40, also at Lingfield. This means the boxes have got to be mucked out from 3.30 onwards after the last there today. How can you guarantee that a) they have been mucked out properly, b) they have been disinfected, and c) the paper bedding they use is uncontaminated? It is impossible. We are really starting to get into that zone of barminess.