The turf season is just around the corner ...

It's a cold, bright start to the week

Monday, 18 December 2017

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."

Khalil Gibran.

Walking to the start of the gallop

     20_Ness     33_Jewel
(L) Ness Of Brodgar and (R) Astrojewel

It’s another bitterly cold day, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue and there is no wind, thank goodness. The forecast is for it to get warmer by the middle of the week, with temperatures set to be in double figures. We have a full complement of staff this morning so we are getting on well. We have used the polytracks close to home for a good Monday morning canter, followed by a gentle walk back home.

     36_Blaze     50_Vision
(L) Astroblaze and (R) Velvet Vision

Astrofire at Chelmsford on Friday didn’t get to show her full potential. She walked into the stalls as quiet as a lamb and jumped out well. She took a keen hold but Joey managed to get her some cover, however at the 2f pole her saddle slipped so he couldn’t push her out but she wasn’t beaten far and will come on for the experience.

Bracken Brae was slightly disappointing. Having a bad draw she found herself wide for most of the race. She travelled well for the majority of the time, but when asked the question didn’t pick up and Joey just bought her back home.

Tim ready to hear feedback

There is an article this morning in the Racing Post about Francesca Cumani joining the ITV team for the jumping action at both Cheltenham and Aintree next year. I think both her and Ed Chamberlin worked well together during the flat season. She will continue with her commitments in Australia but she is very knowledgeable and obviously does her homework. I think she will be an added addition, but as always the viewing figures will be the tell tell sign.