Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Work as usual for the bank holiday

Monday, 07 May 2012

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world”

John Le Carre.


Blimey O'Riley leading Old Boy Ted and Toptempo

It started off a sunny morning but as time has gone on the clouds have started to roll in and I’m sure we will be getting some more rain before the day is out. Bank Holidays are just normal days in racing yards in that nobody gets a day off, and everything just carries on the same. We have been doing two good canters on Bury Side and so far everything has gone fine. The boys have days off in lieu of working Bank Holidays but, in our industry, you can’t just shut the door or turn the machine off. When you are working with animals it is a twenty-four-hour, seven-day-a-week job.


Like Clockwork bringing up Star Commander and Rayvin Black

We have one runner today at Windsor – Kathleen Frances runs in the mile and three furlong race at 5:35. She will like the ground, is in good form and I am hopeful of certainly being in the shake up. The only problem with Windsor is they can play silly boys round here and make it a stop start race. This means everybody gets stacked up behind and it becomes a dash in the final couple of furlongs. There could be a couple of them that usually go on, so let's hope they do and make it a soundly run race.


Smokey Oakey leading Dazinski

Both of the Classics were very good races this weekend, with Camelot looking very smart in the 2000 and seemingly nailed on for The Derby. Let’s dream he will go on to The Leger as well. Joseph O’Brien is still only young, but he reminds me so much of Lester Piggott with his tall frame and ice cold demeanour. If he keeps his weight in check he has a very long career to look forward to. The 1000 Guineas was marred by the death of Charlie Hills' filly that got stuck under the stalls as she tried to come out. I would think the post-mortem will show she had damaged either her neck or back. It was extremely unfortunate. I was very disappointed that the TV kept showing the pictures, and that very little news came from the stalls area. The public were kept very badly informed and we should never have seen the pictures. The TV specifically doesn’t show people running on to the pitch at football, cricket and other sports whether they are streakers or hooligans, so why linger on an injured horse? The filly that won the race had already got fourteen runs behind her, and she streaked away in great style to win by nine lengths.  She is a very well- bred filly and will be a great asset at stud later on, but there are more races to be won with her, especially on this ground. She is now one of the favourites for The Oaks. Not too bad for a pacemaker!

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         The Guv'nor in deep discussion                             Five Hearts and The Guv'nor

                  with Sir Mark Prescott

The highlight of the weekend was The Owls winning at home to gain promotion to The Championship. 38,000 plus fans were at the match, which is a record this year for any match outside The Premiership.  This just goes to show what a massive club Wednesday are. I am only sad that Gary Megson, who started it all, was not still in charge on this great day.  We will now be visiting a few proper clubs next year and as one of my lads has already said, “You’ll be going to Portman Road next year Guv’nor”.


First lot returning past The Guv'nor