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We have one runner today at Pontefract

Monday, 23 April 2018

"A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world."

Lois Wyse.

Indian Red having a pipe open for his race today

It’s considerably cooler than last week, and we are back wearing a light jacket at first lot. The forecast is for it to stay predominantly dry until Friday and then it’s back to a few days of rain. We are still a little short on the ground, with staff out injured and racing, but the ones that are in are getting on well. We have been using the polytracks close to home this morning and a good Monday morning canter has been the exercise of the day.

Gee Sixty Six

We have one runner today at Pontefract, their first flat meeting of the season. Indian Red runs in the 3.40, the two mile five and a half furlong handicap. It is the first time over this distance, but he is in good form at home. I do think he will stay and am hopeful of a good run.


There is an article today in Lee Mottershead’s Monday Column about the ‘controversial’ Cheltenham abandonment last week. He makes some very valid points about the difference in racing at this time of year, when the weather is unseasonably hot, and at the height of summer. Horses at the moment, unless they have been clipped, will still be retaining their winter coats. This in itself will increase the chance of overheating, akin to running the marathon in fancy dress. The ground was also a contributing factor having had bucket loads of rain, followed by sun making the ground very tacky. The welfare of the horses has to come first and this was simply the right thing to do.