The turf season is just around the corner ...

We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

"No matter what it is, if you aren’t happy striving for it, you won’t be happy achieving it."

Robert Brault.

First thing this morning and it's still very dark

It’s an overcast morning but not too cold and no wind. We have had another early start, they left soon after five, as our runner today is in the first at Lingfield. Illness has deprived us once again of staff, with a sickness bug seemingly going round the yard, but we have been getting on manfully with everything and it sounds to me as if we will be in a much better position tomorrow. Cantering on Hamilton Hill and plenty of lunging for the yearlings has been the exercise of the morning.

Sharon Goddard with Lost The Moon yesterday after finishing second

Our runners yesterday delighted me with Astroblaze performing with great credit and a brilliant improvement on her first run. She just got a little bit tired at the furlong pole, but stayed on well and there is plenty of improvement to come with her. Lost The Moon looks to be coming back to her best with a very sound run to finish second. From her bad draw she made a considerable amount of ground and finished with a flourish. I think the winner is ahead of the handicapper, but we have run a cracking race and it all augers well for the next few months.

One runner today in what can only be described as a morning race. Ginger Lady runs in the 11.40 at Lingfield. She has been off a long time and had a few niggling problems, but we are happy with her at present and we will learn a lot more today. It may be that she wants a bit further in time, but todays experience will set her in good stead.

The ducks on the pond at Dullingham

There is a big double spread article today in the Racing Post on how trainers can keep on improving and get an edge on each other. It is all the normal suggestions and nothing new has come out. Buy the best horses, feed them the best food, the best veterinary care and put them in the right races. The one major thing the author has left out is that staff, good staff, makes good horses and they should be the number one priority in any yard. I just can’t see why the author has left this section out.