Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner tonight at Kempton

Monday, 17 September 2018

"It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most."

Robert Brault.

Farne Odyssey

It’s a dry morning with absolutely no wind whatsoever and there doesn’t look to be any sign of rain at all this week. It is amazing how this little bit of England has missed the majority of rain the rest of the country has been having, but it is great for the lads to work in. We have had all the horses out cantering doing their normal Monday morning routine on the polytracks close to home. All has gone well. We have Tim back from his holiday today looking a picture of health. I must praise Gabor who had been doing the early morning feeds whilst Tim was away. He has done a very good job.

Melo Pearl

Pageant Master ran with credit at the weekend and we now know that five furlongs is much too sharp for him. He travelled well but just hasn’t got the kick. The one good thing to come from it is we will hopefully get a handicap mark and going a bit further in his own class should see him to better effect. A strong, attractive colt he should give his partners some fun in the not too distant future.

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. It is disappointing that the race has been put back to the 8 o’clock as it will mean me not getting home until gone 10 and the lads not getting back until nearly midnight. Four Fifty Three runs in the one mile handicap and for once has got a good draw. He seems very well in himself and although this looks a tricky race, I don’t think he will be far off tonight and he looks a massive price.

Ness Of Brodgar

There was plenty of quality racing at the weekend with both Classics going to the Coolmore team with what looks like two very good horses. If they stay sound they will look very hard to beat in the Cup races next year. It was a delight to see Ronan Whelan ride the Moyglare winner on Skitter Scatter for Anthony and Sonia Rogers. It was also a one two for the smaller trainers and jockeys in Ireland and it shows that it can be done if luck is on your side.