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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it."

  - Golda Meir

181012Eanans Bay, Phantom Ranch, Astrogold and Jennifer J by the stalls on Racecourse Side

A much colder morning, once again, caused by the sharp breeze, blowing across the Heath. Iain has already phoned me from Yarmouth to say that I should bring a coat and a woolly jumper, as the wind is whipping off the sea. Another busy morning with workers first lot, followed by stalls practice with a few of the backward two year olds that are going to run in the next week or so. They all went in nicely and popped out well, so all-in-all a very successful morning.

181019Phantom Ranch and Eanans Bay walk straight into the stalls

We were delighted with Toptempo yesterday, who confirmed her promise at Newmarket to finish a very easy fourth in the listed race at Pontefract. She is a high class filly and another homebred, being the first foal of Topatoo, who looks to have a very bright future. Our homebred stock is really coming to the fore now and is showing us the way forward into the future. When you breed them yourselves, you know all about them from day one and you can use the stallions that make racehorses rather than sales' horses. A big thank you must go to all the stud staff, who put in so many hours behind the scenes, to produce us such lovely horses.

181099Toptempo

A bit disappointing that I couldn't run Locum at Lingfield today. He was withdrawn first thing because of a nick he got at Wolverhampton on Saturday night, which is bruised and has blown up. It won't take long to recover but it is a bit frustrating for the syndicate.
There are a few members of the Locum syndicate, also involved in Comrade Bond, who is one of our four runners today at Yarmouth. He runs in the last race at 5.20 pm, the 6 furlong handicap, and I just hope the ground hasn't gone too soft for him. He was wrong when he ran last time and I can see him getting involved today.
Our first runner is Piccarello at 3.20 pm, in the race that I won last year with Edward Whymper. He was staying on well last week at Leicester but we are in the lap of the gods whether he will get this trip today. Cornish Quest runs in the 4.20 pm race, the mile handicap, where he should like the ground. He is another, who had a bad scope after his last run, so I would be hopeful of a reasonable show.
To complete our quartet, Imjin River runs in the 7 furlong handicap at 4.50 pm. He has the ability to get involved, if putting his best foot forward but things need to fall right for him.

181053Jennifer J has a little look at the stalls before walking in

I see the whip rule is still not decided and the review group will be reporting to the BHA by Friday at the latest. When working this morning, one of my lads' stirrup leathers came loose and, as he went by me, he had his whip in his mouth so he could stay on. I asked him if he was practising for a new whip directive that, when switching hands, the whip should be placed in the mouths for 5 seconds - no more - before using the other hand! It made the lads laugh if nothing else. There was very little wrong with the old whip rule, except that nobody had any power to impose the right penalties on the offenders. No one wants horses knocked about and 99.9% of the time everything is done correctly, making our sport all the more exciting for it. Just occasionally, we have a jockey, who looses his head and they want to lose their licence for years not days - it is very simple. 

181064Jennifer J and Astrogold bounce out, as if they have been doing it all their lives


181002Caroline, head down, and hard at work as usual