Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner today at Brighton

Monday, 03 September 2018

"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score."

Bill Copeland.

It's a foggy start this morning

The mist is slowing rising

It’s a warm morning and getting hotter by the minute. There is absolutely no wind and it looks like staying like this for the next couple of days. It will certainly be drying the ground and we will be back watering the garden. I just hope that the clerks of the courses don’t put too much water on as at this time of year any rain will make the ground on the easy side. There is also always plenty of dew as well. With Tim on holiday I have been in early to supervise everything and I must say everybody is doing very well. We have lost a moderate rider, but gained a good one so that is a plus and the horses have been doing a good canter on Southfields Round at each lot.

Cantering on the polytracks

We have one runner today at Brighton in the 5.05, the amateur riders’ race over a mile and a quarter. The chaplain to racing, Simon Bailey, has called in and he said he is having £1 of his hard earned money on it, so that is the kiss of death. He did say though that he was going to give it some divine help and we all need that at regular intervals. There are a few non-runners already in this race, I think because of the ground, and it will be interesting to see how we get on. If he handles this switchback course he should be competitive.

Exercise over 

I see one of Richard Guest's staff has gone missing and concern is rising as to what could have happened. I hope he is found quickly. There is so much help nowadays within our profession to sort out any problems he may have.

Our best wishes also go to Alan Bailey’s assistant who was taken ill on Saturday. He isn’t very old and let’s hope he can make a quick recovery as he is a great help to Alan.