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We have one runner today at Lingfield

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."

Rita Mae Brown.

On Hamilton Hill this morning

It’s another bright morning, but the stronger wind is making it very cold out on the wide open space of the heath. I was trying to find some shelter at first lot as we did some fast work on the Cambridge Road polytrack, but it was near on impossible. Over trousers and three coats still didn’t keep you warm. Everything went well though, and apart from one loose one, which was just showing its wellbeing, we have had a very good morning. We have got the flag flying and everybody is working well.

Pageant Master cantering

Gee Sixty Six ran well to finish fourth last night and showed a bit of an improvement. I still think he wants to concentrate more and it looks to me like he definitely needs further. He is one of those who is gradually getting the idea.

We have one runner today at Lingfield. Topapinion runs in the one mile two furlong handicap at 1.40. He has had three runs so far, his best being his last race. I hope this step up in trip will suit and he gets some luck in running. I would expect him to run a good sensible race today.

Pageant Master - Casamento ex Skiphall two-year-old colt

Two new horses, shown in the photos today, are for sale this year. We have the very attractive Pageant Master who is a half-brother to several winners, including a Group 1 winner. He is cantering strongly already and looks like his is going to be an early type. I recommend early viewing as he should be popular. The Farhh filly, who is called Farne Odyssey, is strong, attractive and is also a two-year-old type. She is by a stallion who did brilliantly well in his first season and is now attracting a lot of support at stud. Both the above will run early in the new season and are highly recommended. Just give the office a ring or email in for further details. More information will be on the website tomorrow.

Farne Odyssey - Farhh ex Divering two-year-old filly

I see the staff crisis has affected the studs as well, with the much respected Hillwood Stud stating they will not be having breeze-up horses this year as they cannot get the riders. This situation, as you will know from reading my daily blog, is constantly getting worse and has been caused by the generation of young people who don’t want to work with animals or have the work ethic. We are now not allowed to import people into this country from the Far East countries, so that source has dried up. The Europeans, other than the Irish who now stay at home, are not really racing orientated. I don’t know what the BHA think is going to happen about this situation, but they just cannot keep increasing the fixture list as the staff are not there to keep it going. It is similar to the NHS. Racing has too many meeting and not enough staff and the NHS have too many patients and not enough doctors and nurses, all because of the same immigration policy.