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We have one runner tonight at Kempton

Monday, 17 September 2018

"It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most."

Robert Brault.

Farne Odyssey

It’s a dry morning with absolutely no wind whatsoever and there doesn’t look to be any sign of rain at all this week. It is amazing how this little bit of England has missed the majority of rain the rest of the country has been having, but it is great for the lads to work in. We have had all the horses out cantering doing their normal Monday morning routine on the polytracks close to home. All has gone well. We have Tim back from his holiday today looking a picture of health. I must praise Gabor who had been doing the early morning feeds whilst Tim was away. He has done a very good job.

Melo Pearl

Pageant Master ran with credit at the weekend and we now know that five furlongs is much too sharp for him. He travelled well but just hasn’t got the kick. The one good thing to come from it is we will hopefully get a handicap mark and going a bit further in his own class should see him to better effect. A strong, attractive colt he should give his partners some fun in the not too distant future.

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. It is disappointing that the race has been put back to the 8 o’clock as it will mean me not getting home until gone 10 and the lads not getting back until nearly midnight. Four Fifty Three runs in the one mile handicap and for once has got a good draw. He seems very well in himself and although this looks a tricky race, I don’t think he will be far off tonight and he looks a massive price.

Ness Of Brodgar

There was plenty of quality racing at the weekend with both Classics going to the Coolmore team with what looks like two very good horses. If they stay sound they will look very hard to beat in the Cup races next year. It was a delight to see Ronan Whelan ride the Moyglare winner on Skitter Scatter for Anthony and Sonia Rogers. It was also a one two for the smaller trainers and jockeys in Ireland and it shows that it can be done if luck is on your side.


We have one runner tomorrow at Chelmsford

Friday, 14 September 2018

"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught."


Roof Garden

It’s another bright morning with a good breeze and is certainly drying up quickly. Most of the country, especially in the north, is getting plenty of rain with Doncaster being on the soft side of good. Unfortunately the rain is not getting into the east and we could still do with a good dousing. We had a big string of riders in this morning and plenty of visitors to see their horses canter. All has gone as well as can be expected so far and I am sure everybody is happy with what they saw. Long may it continue.

Melo Pearl and Garrel Glen upsides

We only have one runner this weekend with Pageant Master visiting Chelmsford City once again. I am still not completely sure about his trip and we will make our minds up on him being a sprinter after tomorrow. It is fantastic prize money at Chelmsford which is a great credit to them and it’s marvellous to see them putting on such good racing.

Visiting the yard

... and watching the horses

It is the last Classic tomorrow at Doncaster and it was interesting to see that it was re-offered at declaration time with 12 runners declared, but only seven different trainers. It is a rule that I didn’t know about in that they say that the trainers could manipulate the race with non-runners. I don’t see why you would declare and not run in a Classic, but there is always somebody trying to think that everybody has another agenda. To my mind this is a duel between Kew Gardens and Lah Ti Dar. I am sure the ground will play a part as well. It was a great day when Bobs Return won it years ago and I have not had another horse as good as him since. These good horses come along only so often, unless you have got bottomless pockets, and I always tell everybody that when they get a good horse to really enjoy it and savour every moment as once they are retired or sold, they are very hard to replace.


I can’t believe what I read this morning from the BHA’s chief executive who was talking to an industry gathering yesterday. He said he hoped for additional funding to help promote betting. He seems to think sectional timing, self-service betting terminals and other ways to “gamify” will increase betting on the racing product. Quite what he is thinking is beyond me and beyond most normal people. I would have thought concentrating on getting the bookmarkers to actually take a bet would be more helpful, but most bookmakers nowadays, as I have stated before, are run by computers rather than their brains. We have moved away from proper bookmakers to purely financial bureaucrats.

The string walking back home

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