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We have one runner tonight at Kempton

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

"When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them."

George Bernard Shaw.

Roof Garden and Isaac Murphy

It’s another wet, miserable morning and I just don’t know when it is going to stop. It has been pounding down since first light and the sky still seems full. It is pretty depressing for everybody as this weather always keeps the spirit in check and I can’t wait for it to get warmer which will certainly do everybody the power of good. We have two non-runners this morning but the ones that are in are doing a good job and the horses are getting a proper exercise. A good couple of canters and then a good wash off in the wash box to get all the mud and polytrack off their legs. It is a lot easier to do the horses at night when they have been done well in the mornings and I have been trying to press on how team work is imperative. If everybody pulls together both mornings and evenings, the yard will tick over perfectly.

Walking back after exercise

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. We are now in the 8.45 which seems ridiculously late and means another way after midnight homecoming. It is the same for everybody though and I just wish sometimes the BHA would spend time with our travelling staff to see how hard they all work. They would then put the last race at any track at 8 o’clock, which just about gives them chance to be home in a day. Four Fifty Three runs in the one mile three furlong handicap. He is drawn once again at Heathrow Airport (how many bad draws have we had lately), but his form is solid. He has the champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa on board and he must have a chance of not being far away tonight.

Velvet Vision

Another foal arrived last night. Tenpence had a filly by Sixties Icon just before 11 o’clock. All went well and she was soon up and sucking. There are only three to go now with two overdue and one not until the end of April. It has been a good season with some cracking foals. It is amazing how time goes past so quickly as we are now getting a lot of the mares back in foal who were the early foalers. It looks like we will be covering around 18 mares this year, which is quite a number.

Tenpence with her Sixties Icon filly foal

The Grand National meeting starts tomorrow so Richard and I will be in competition once again trying to give you the winners. Our efforts at Cheltenham were pretty poor to put it nicely and we will be burning the midnight oil hoping to find you some good price winners this week. Unfortunately the ground is going to be very soft. Heavy is in the description which will make it very testing for the horses and let’s hope common sense prevails with the jockeys and we don’t get whip bans and incidents. It is a great meeting with the build up to the National on Saturday tremendous. There are big hopes this year that the winner could be a lady jockey with at least 3 taking part, but with 40 runners on heavy ground, the best bet will maybe be the spread that there are only 10-12 finishers.