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We have one runner today at Ascot

Friday, 07 September 2018

"The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree."

Thomas Campbell.

Velvet Vision, Astrobreeze and Ginger Lady working on the Peat Moss 

The mornings are getting much darker and we are pulling out now at 6.30. I think we will have to start a bit later still until the clocks go back in October. It is a bright morning though after a bit of overnight rain and with no wind, it is quite warm when you are working in the yard. Everybody is in and happy after last night’s win and they have all had a Newmarket sausage for breakfast. A few worked on the Peat Moss at first lot but the majority have been cantering on Southfields Round polytrack. All has gone well so far.

Discussing last night's winner

Both our runners ran really well last night. Pageant Master performed with credit and was staying on well at the line. He is still very green but will come on for the outing and I think a quick run back would be the best thing for him. Our other runner, Roof Garden, has certainly improved from last time and with a better draw, he quickly put the race to bed in a few strides. Although the handicapper will put him up a chunk for this, he still should be in the low sixties where he should be capable of winning another race. A big horse, he has had a few problems in his development, but my motto of patience, patience, patience has worked out well in this instance.

We have one runner today at Ascot, which is a rare venture to the Royal track for us. It used to be very common but it is getting harder and harder to get the quality horses. Quanah runs in the 1.30, the six furlong Novice Auction race. He has had two runs, has been a bit keen both times and needs to settle better today, but if he does, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility of him running a big race.

A pick of grass after exercise

I see the new conditions for the Cesarewitch have been causing a stir and last year’s winner, Withold, was ruled ineligible to run. I am not sure of the thinking behind the changes to the conditions but the prize money has increased dramatically and I think everybody understood the rules, albeit one or two didn’t and got a shock. I am all for conditions of races being imaginative and wish there were a lot more.

Ness Of Brodgar

It is good to see one of the new stallions I like, Sea The Moon, doing well and there is a good article on him today in the Racing Post. We have got a two-year-old filly in training by him and there is a lovely colt to come in as a yearling. I am looking forward to the filly running and the colt looks a cracker. I am sure he will be one of the top stallions for years to come.


We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 06 September 2018

"For what avail the plough or sail,

Or land or life, if freedom fail?"

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill


It’s a strange morning weather wise as it was pretty cold first thing with a bit of drizzle in the air, but since 5 o’clock it has quickly brightened up, the temperature has risen and it looks to be a warmish day. Hopefully the forecast rain will arrive, which will be very welcome. We have had a good morning so far with plenty of people in and have been cantering on the polytracks, plus a few went through the stalls. My little gang of stall handlers did very well as it was the first time for a couple of the horses, but they all played their part well and a bit of grass and a pat on the neck always works wonders.


Canter finished now back to the yard

Rum Ration beat one and earned himself £300 last night, but didn’t sparkle and I think we will be finding him a home doing a different equine activity.

We have two runners today both this evening at Chelmsford. Our first runner is Pageant Master in the six furlong novice auction. He has been off the track a long time since his debut as he got a bit jarred in his knees on the firm ground. His first run was fine, in fact there are a couple in that race who hold the form up very well. Tonight will improve him again and I am sure he will run with credit. Our other runner is Roof Garden in the 6.45, the one mile handicap. He got up in the final strides to win last time out, is drawn a bit better today and I would hope he would be very competitive once again.

Stalls training this morning

We always mention Laytown every year and it’s the unique courses day again today where there are plenty of runners splashing through the water and sand giving people a lot to shout about. It is great craic at a most unique course and the Guinness will keep flowing until you can’t drink anymore. I would always advise everybody once in their lifetime to go and visit Laytown.

An old owl on the water trough at 5.30 this morning

Bill Barber’s piece in the Post today seems to hint that the BHA will be having a shuffle about with the chairman leaving and things not very happy in the camp. It will take a strong man to lead from the front and sort out all the squabbling sections. We certainly need clarity moving forward.


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