Onwards and upwards ...

Sunshine and showers this week

Monday, 27 August 2018

"You always pass failure on your way to success."

Mickey Rooney.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

I know it wasn’t very convenient for everybody but there was a lot of lovely rain yesterday which will certainly help the ground and stop everybody having to water their gardens. It is a bright morning here in Newmarket with the temperature set to rise as the day goes on. I think it is mainly dry all week with just the occasional shower, so if you are still on holiday you should be ok. We have had a good morning with the horses, they still have their summer coats and everything has had a canter close to home. Apart from one getting loose in the yard, everything has gone without an incident. It was good to see Jane and Anne call in to see their horse Indian Red this morning who should be running very shortly over hurdles.

Pageant Master leading

Our runners on Friday ran a mixed bag. The two at Newmarket finished at the back of the field but showed plenty of promise and will have learnt from this experience. Melo Pearl was a bit keen early on and got pushed into the middle of the track on the worst ground as horses came to challenge. She is still learning her trade and took it well and will not be long before she is out again. Garrison Law ran much better than his first outing and only just got tired in the last 100 yards. He is a proper horse for the future and another run or two this year will do him the power of good. Both these races will throw up no end of winners and I would like to bet that there won’t be one of them, if staying sound, that won’t win a race.

The evening saw us have a winner with Roof Garden who came from a terrible draw to snatch the race in the final stride. He can only improve and I think will be seen to much better effect on the turf. Four Fifty Three was never in the right place at any time and was not given a hard race when his chance had gone. It won’t be long before he is winning again, given the right conditions. I am sure he stays 1m 2f but just needs things to go his own way.

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Jane and Anne with Indian Red

Both Richard and I managed to find a single winner at York on Saturday and I just clung on for victory this time, but we were both in the minus department and our reports will say must do better. It will be the Cheltenham Festival before we lock horns again.