It's Champions weekend ...

Preparing for some faster work

Thursday, 08 March 2012

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Sir Winston Churchill.


The Guv'nor watching second lot up Warren Hill turf

It is an absolutely lovely morning with plenty of blue sky. The wind is not too cold, and the ground is in good condition. Everybody is in good form - both human and equine. We have done two good canters with first and second lots before breakfast, and so far all has gone as well as I could have expected. The video below is of first lot having their second canter. The Across The Flat gallop on Racecourse Side is opening at the weekend, this means we can start faster work from next week onwards.


I have put both Rayvin Black and Toptempo in the respective colts' and fillies’ Guineas which are run in early May. You have got to make entries so far in advance for the top races that sometimes you can waste entry money. That said, hopefully in both cases I can run in a trial and be confident that they have the ability at that level. Even Top ran in the 2000 Guineas without a prep run and was beaten a short head by Mark Of Esteem. So if the weather interferes with the preparation I would have no fear of going there without a run.


Mystery Star (Lauren) My Guardian Angel (Abby)

The new revised whip rules came into force yesterday, and straight away we have controversy when a race was won by a jockey hitting a horse eleven times. This is way over the maximum. The jockey on the horse that came home in second only hit it seven, and he thought that the number of smacks cost him the race. I know Sir Mark Prescott is a great advocate of taking the race away from anybody who breaks the rules, which he thinks would sort the matter out very quickly. I can’t help agreeing with him.


Star Of Missouri