Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

Much colder this morning....

Monday, 17 October 2011

"Don’t let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart."

 - Anonymous

171003Barwick (John) setting off at the bottom of Long Hill

Much colder, once again, this morning with only a slight breeze. There is no significant rain forecast for this week and we are still very dry, which means any rainfall, we do have, will arrive too late in the season to enable us to get back on the grass to do any real work. I have never known it so dry for so long but, as the rainfall always averages out, I expect once it starts it will never end. Everything had a good canter this morning with several of the ones that are going to run opening their lungs and clearing the wind. We are still not out of the wood, as far as the blood tests are concerned as, of the fifteen we took on Friday, five were still very wrong. It seems to take an age for them to get clear.

171007Chankillo (Rhea)

Our runners at the weekend had no luck and I would like to put the television commentator, who was saying that Brushing was temperamental, right. She actually cantered down in front of the stands, before coming back in through the entrance to the track, as Kieren thought she was not moving very well. Once we had trotted her up and down and I was happy she was okay to run, we tried to get her out on the track again. However, by this time the gates were shut, there were people everywhere, including soldiers on horseback, plus TV crews and press cameras and the gatemen didn't have a clue what was going on. That is why it took a long time for her to get down to the start, nothing to do with being temperamental, as this is the last thing she is - a more genuine and kinder filly you could never find. She ran a great race, in what can only be described as a Group 1 contest and was only beaten 6 or 7 lengths by the winner. If all our homebreds were as good as her, the job would be easy.
Locum got no luck at all at Wolverhampton, as he was shuffled too far back early on and finished with a rattle to be third. His jockey, George Baker, was very apologetic, which was good to hear but if you had backed him you would have been disappointed as, I am sure, most of his syndicate are. There will be plenty more days for him this coming autumn.

171011Zenarinda (Butch)

One runner today at Pontefract, where Toptempo runs in the 1m listed race at 3,40 pm. It looks to be throwing her in the deep end here but she ran a cracking race at Newmarket behind the subsequent May Hill Stakes and Fillies Mile winner, Lyric of Light. Her blood and scope results have been constantly wrong ever since and it is only during the last month that we have started to get a clear run with her. I felt, rather than wait for a maiden and risk her coat turning, that it was worth one try at a race like this before her winter break. This looks a competitive contest, as it should be but it wouldn't surprise me if she ran a very good race.

171022Marvo (Steve)

It was fantastic to see Cirrus des Aigles win the Champion Stakes, as he is by Even Top, who was a Flint Cottage star several years ago. Even Top cost 24,000 Irish punts at Goffs sales and developed into one of the best horses I have ever trained, only beaten a short head in the 2000 Guineas by Mark of Esteem. He never got the plaudits he deserved and only now people are beginning to realise what they have missed. He had a fantastic temperament and always looked a picture of health, although we did have one or two scares with him when he used to get a bit gassy at evening stables. He took us to the Dubai World Cup and many other great races, so I am delighted for all the connections of Cirrus des Aigles. He is fast becoming the most loved horse in France and thoroughly deserves that accolade. It was a good start to the Champions Day at Ascot with a great crowd and there is plenty of room for development in the future. The whole day was wrecked by the pathetic penalty on Christophe Soumillon because nobody was, or could have been, offended by his ride and the rules need sorting out as quickly as possible.

171030Astrogold (Lee)

The BHA and the jockeys are meeting this morning to try and sort out this mess over the whip rule and I just hope common sense will prevail and we can all get on with the business in hand.