Onwards and upwards ...

We have three runners tonight at Chelmsford

Monday, 10 September 2018

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

Mahatma Gandhi.

Four Fifty Three

It’s a still, overcast morning but it is certainly not cold. Although the rest of the country is going to get some rain, we look like we are going to miss most of it. It is a busy day with three runners tonight at Chelmsford and the lads are all working well to get everything done before loading up the horses to go mid-morning. We have been cantering on the Hamilton Hill mostly and all has gone well so far.



Quanah didn’t have things go quite to plan when he ran at Ascot on Friday. The ground was a bit firm and I am not too sure how he finished up in the middle of the track, which certainly didn’t suit how we wanted him ridden. The only good thing to come from it is that he should have a handicap mark as from tomorrow and if I can find him some soft ground somewhere I would love him to show what he is capable of. I am sure the soft ground is the key to him.

Our runners tonight start with Melo Pearl in the 6.15. She has had two runs so far, one at Chelmsford and one at Newmarket. We are drawn well tonight in two and I would hope she would run a lot better than she has shown so far on the track. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she was in the frame at a big price. Our next runner is Velvet Vision at 8.15. This is her first time in a handicap and she has had a big break since she last ran. I think the trip will suit her and this race will put her spot on. She has certainly got a chance of making the frame. Our last runner is Ginger Lady who was a bit disappointing last time out but the race wasn’t run to suit. I am hoping tonight it will be and she can run a good race. She just needs a good strong rhythm throughout.

Velvet Vista

I couldn’t agree more with Richard Hughes’ comments in Saturdays Racing Post on the handicapping system. He says that the winners should be moved but everything else either stays where they are, or go down. It is very frustrating when a genuine who horse tries every time is second and third and keeps going up the handicap but never winning. It is so disappointing for the normal owner when this happens as the prize money, as Richard pointed out, is very poor for the placed horses.