A Royal Ascot winner goes to the States ...

We have one runner today at Wolverhampton

Monday, 16 July 2018

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Thomas Paine.

Cantering at first lot

After an unbelievably hot weekend the weather has continued in the same vein this morning. It is well into the high 20’s already and I am sure it will hit the 30’s as the day goes on. Thank goodness we pull out at 5.30 and get the majority of the horses out in the relative cool. We have a full complement of staff in, both yard and riders, so the flag is flying at full height and we have got on really well cantering them on the polytracks racecourse side.

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(L) Roof Garden and (R) Four Fifty Three


We have one runner today at Wolverhampton. Rum Ration runs in the first, the 5.40, one mile six furlong handicap. He has had a few problems since his last run and has had three months off, but has been galloping and schooling well this past fortnight and I don’t think he will disgrace himself today. We may have a few runners this week, but it all depends on the ground and whether it rains.

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(L) Velvet Voice and (R) Velvet Vision

It is fascinating to see different articles in the Racing Post today. The bookmarks are calling for early starts on Saturdays, like we have just had, when the programme book is beyond belief and we have got Southwell saying that the preparations for their floodlit pylons, so they can have evening racing, has started to take place. How long is it before we have 24 hours a day racing? You just couldn’t make it up.

All pulled up at the end of the gallop