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A visit to The Peat Moss

Friday, 01 June 2012


“Ideas are the source of all things”


The groups coming across the Peat Moss Gallop

It is a warm morning with no wind and apart from a shower or two yesterday, which was very sporadic, there has been very little rain. I took two lots across to the Peat Moss Gallops on Racecourse Side again this morning as these are riding really well and have a very good cover of grass. It is like galloping on a carpet and you cannot hear them as they go past you. Everything went smoothly without a hiccup and surprisingly I was in a good mood.

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              (L-R) Likelikelikelikeit (Rhea)                           (L-R) Astrosapphire (Lauren)

                         Silk Scarf (Hannah)                                                     Haafhd filly (Nikki)

We have a very disappointed yard this morning as Toptempo has had to be scratched from The Oaks today. Her blood test taken last night came back showing that she had an infection brewing so it wasn’t worth taking the risk. Thank goodness we took the test and found out beforehand. She is on antibiotics now and it won’t be long before we have got it under control. They say that these things are character building, but I could certainly do without it, especially before such an important race.

We have one runner today up at Newcastle – Astrogold goes in the mile and half maiden at 2 o’clock. She is a big filly who is growing and developing all the time. I ran her just over a week ago at Haydock where she performed with reasonable credit from a bad draw. There look to be one or two in here with ability but I would hope that she could run well again. She will then be handicapped and this opens many more options.


 (L-R) Marvo (Steve) Topamichi (Harry) Star Of Missouri (Robbie)

I was a bit disappointed to see the Racing Post breeding columnists dismiss Toptempo’s pedigree in the Racing Post today. Her dam Topatoo won four races, all at York, including the Group Three Middleton Stakes (this race is now upgraded to a Group Two) and she was a very good filly who stayed well and showed great determination. The family goes back to a lot of fast horses, who have got winners over a variety of trips and are very tough and genuine. Toptempo is Topatoo’s first foal by a proper stallion in Halling and would have had no problem staying the trip. It’s very disappointing she won’t get a chance today to show her ability.


The two-year-olds heading over to Racecourse Side

We are now getting into what I call the “crazy time of year” when there is a never ending amount of racing on a daily basis. Now you might say “great” - there are so many more chances for horses to run and for people to go and watch them. Our problem is who is going to ride them, as on a daily basis there are more and more jockeys on the banned list and, with 48-hour declarations and ground changes, nobody knows where each jockey is going to go. Along with the weight factor it drives Phil and me barmy every day. It must be the same for all trainers and is a nightmare logistically. It seems bonkers to me that when we have the two Classics -The Oaks today and The Derby tomorrow - we have so much racing on the same day. Wouldn’t it be great and sensible to have no racing other than Epsom so the top jockeys and everybody could concentrate, just for one or two days, on top class racing.

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                  Racecourse Side Heathmen                                 The Guv'nor with Conrad