It's Champions weekend ...

A bit of a cooler morning....

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

 - Nelson Mandela

160806Conrad Lockey watching Cornish Beau and Zenarinda arrive at Railway Land

A bit of a cooler morning but none the worse for it and I have been putting the finishing touches to our York runners on the Al Bahathri first lot with everything going as well as I could have expected. My plans have been thwarted by false promises from jockeys but the wise advice of my old boss Ryan Jarvis, who said,"Wait and see as things can happen and good jockeys will become available" has come true. Paul Hanagan, the champion jockey, has become available for several  of my high profile runners, including Brushing in the Yorkshire Oaks and Ted Spread in the Ebor.

160818Cornish Beau (Iain) and Ted Spread (Butch)

Our runners yesterday all performed as well as could be expected, particularly as a couple of them didn't like the ground. Comrade Bond got mugged again on the line for the second time but ran a great race; he is fast improving and is sure to go one better soon. There are still one or two shares left in him and what a great amount of excitement he will give his owners for the next few years. 

160827Zenarinda (Dan)

Four runners today, two this afternoon at Brighton and two tonight at Kempton. At Brighton, in the 4.30 pm race, we run Cornish Quest, who has been gradually getting his act together this summer and ran very well last time against older horses. He can certainly be involved again today, if handling this switch-back course and the ground is not too firm for him. Imjin River runs in the next at 5.00 pm, the 6 furlong handicap, where he has the ability to win this if putting his best foot forward and I have fitted him with cheek pieces just to concentrate his mind.
At Kempton we have Star Commander in the 6.20 pm race. This could be an interesting little race with a few of these in with a chance and I am hoping that we can be one of them. In the 7.20 pm race, we run Lady Bellatrix, who didn't handle the Epsom track at all on her debut but I am sure that we will see her in a different light tonight. 

160841Astrolibra (Lauren) and Cotton Grass (Jimmy Quinn)

I see a lot more people are coming out against any modifications to the Grand National. Nigel Twiston-Davies, who has won the race twice and Brendan Powell, who as a jockey rode the winner, are two with strong views and people to be respected. We don't want to be namby-pamby about it and everything wants to be as safe as possible but, as I said yesterday, this is the Grand National and, as such, should be the ultimate steeplechase.

160845Astromagick (Hannah) and Brushing (Charles)

160855Mystery Star (Rhea) and Dazinski (Steve)

160860Astroleo (Abbi)

160888Astrogold (Dan)