A Royal Ascot winner goes to the States ...

We have four runners today

Monday, 15 October 2018

"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."

Beverly Nichols.

Waiting in the rain for the horses to pull out

     03_Vista     04_Fire
(L-R) Velvet Vista and Astrofire

There has been plenty of rain over the weekend and as we write this it is pounding off the office roof. It sounds as if this will be the only rain this week as the forecast is for it to dry up, but this is very welcome and will do nothing but good to the ground and the paddocks on the stud. We have just put a little bit of fertiliser on and it will certainly wash it in. With four runners today we have not so many riders, but the ones that are in are doing a sterling job and two good canters is the exercise of the morning.

Walking out to the gallops

Our four runners today are all at Yarmouth. The ground has now changed from good, good to firm in places to good to soft, good in places, and if they have had this rain it will certainly get in a bit more. Our first runner is Pageant Master who only ran six days ago at Newcastle. You will have to take into account the difference in ground and the quick turnaround from his last run where he was very unlucky not to open his account. He still runs off his old handicap mark which must be in his favour.

Our next runner is Velvet Voice in the 3.30. She will love the ground but has been off for quite a while now for a lot of stupid little things, pulled muscles etc. She is drawn well today in four and hopefully the ground and trip will suit. She has got the ability to run a sound race if all goes well.

We then have two runners in the four o’clock. True Calling, who hasn’t run for over three months, steps up in trip here and on ground that she should like. I am hopeful she can run a sound race. Four Fifty Three is very well handicapped on his turf form and we have fitted blinkers on him today. He is not drawn well in 14 but we hope the headgear helps him. This is the first time he will have seen a flat flat course, rather than Beverley and Brighton which are very up hill and down dale. We are also up in the air regarding the soft ground with him. Usually, and historically, our horses have always loved soft ground so let’s hope we can have a good day.

Tim discussing with the farriers what needs shoeing

There was very good racing over the weekend but all the main prizes went to the big boys once again and as I have said before it is getting very hard for anybody to compete. We all want to see good horses and all racing people appreciate them, but it would be very nice for the game if they were spread around a bit as this would create more interest.