Onwards and upwards ...

We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 06 September 2018

"For what avail the plough or sail,

Or land or life, if freedom fail?"

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill


It’s a strange morning weather wise as it was pretty cold first thing with a bit of drizzle in the air, but since 5 o’clock it has quickly brightened up, the temperature has risen and it looks to be a warmish day. Hopefully the forecast rain will arrive, which will be very welcome. We have had a good morning so far with plenty of people in and have been cantering on the polytracks, plus a few went through the stalls. My little gang of stall handlers did very well as it was the first time for a couple of the horses, but they all played their part well and a bit of grass and a pat on the neck always works wonders.


Canter finished now back to the yard

Rum Ration beat one and earned himself £300 last night, but didn’t sparkle and I think we will be finding him a home doing a different equine activity.

We have two runners today both this evening at Chelmsford. Our first runner is Pageant Master in the six furlong novice auction. He has been off the track a long time since his debut as he got a bit jarred in his knees on the firm ground. His first run was fine, in fact there are a couple in that race who hold the form up very well. Tonight will improve him again and I am sure he will run with credit. Our other runner is Roof Garden in the 6.45, the one mile handicap. He got up in the final strides to win last time out, is drawn a bit better today and I would hope he would be very competitive once again.

Stalls training this morning

We always mention Laytown every year and it’s the unique courses day again today where there are plenty of runners splashing through the water and sand giving people a lot to shout about. It is great craic at a most unique course and the Guinness will keep flowing until you can’t drink anymore. I would always advise everybody once in their lifetime to go and visit Laytown.

An old owl on the water trough at 5.30 this morning

Bill Barber’s piece in the Post today seems to hint that the BHA will be having a shuffle about with the chairman leaving and things not very happy in the camp. It will take a strong man to lead from the front and sort out all the squabbling sections. We certainly need clarity moving forward.