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We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

"Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams."

Patch Adams.

Looking out over a very wet yard

It’s another mild but dark morning, with a slight drizzle in the air. Oh, I might have to change my mind as it is now bouncing off the roof of the hut. There is no wind, so the temperature is holding up well. We are having a busy morning once again with horses going off racing early and everything else cantering on the polytracks on Racecourse Side. All has gone well so far. We are still actively trying to find staff of all types and I am sure once the spring really comes there will be an influx from overseas, at least let’s hope so.

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Topapinion and TTMAB on Hamilton Hill

After exercise, making their way back to the yard

We have one runner today with Bracken Brae running in the 2.15 at Lingfield, the two mile handicap. We have fitted her with a tongue strap for the first time today and a cross noseband, which should help. She has been in good form at home and we would be expecting her to perform better than of late.

The Epaulette ex Trew Class two-year-old filly

There are a few interesting talking points in the Racing Post today. I see the Irish are complaining about the late finishers at Dundalk when the stable staff are getting back very late. I only wish our powers that be would take notice of this as it is horrendous for all staff and horses, as well as costly for the owners, when you are in these 9 o’clock plus races. It is usually 1 o’clock in the morning by the time most of the staff are in bed and it is completely unacceptable in my opinion. It will be interesting to see if anything is done.

The Kempton Park plan and Newmarket all-weather gets a mention and they were putting forward the suggestion that there could be other tracks going down the all-weather route. I think Newmarket must be favourite and we are desperate for one. As there are over 3,000 horses in town it is a no brainer to have one here. It would certainly eliminate the article above as if you were in the 9.15, horses and staff would be in bed by 10.30.

The other interesting article was on the pony racing circuit and how the emergence of several good jockeys this year has come through those ranks. The author states this and tries to compare it with the pony racing in Ireland. The big difference is that in England the jockeys that have come through have been brought up in a racing environment, with parents and close connections to a yard from very young. They learn from a very early age what is required. In Ireland there is much more of a chance for a boy or girl from a not so privileged background to get the chance, but any competition is good at any age and it is great to see these jockeys coming to the fore.