Onwards and upwards ...

The heathmen are doing a great job

Thursday, 24 January 2019

"If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

There are no words needed

There was a hard frost overnight and a few flurries of snow, but none has really settled. It is going to stay that way and I think will be below zero all day but warming up a bit towards the weekend and then back to cold next week. The heathmen are doing a great job putting salt and grit on the walking grounds and keeping the polytracks all turned over and suitable for cantering. In the old days we would have been on straw beds around the yard as all we had in those days, other than the turf, was a sand track that used to freeze like concrete. The all-weather surfaces were a great invention and it certainly allows us to keep on the move. With a good lot of riders in we have been cantering on Racecourse Side all morning.

Cantering at first lot

Astromerry didn’t run badly for a long way yesterday but seemed to stop quite quickly in the straight. I will now be looking down her throat to see if her windpipes are working correctly. These things happen only when they come under pressure in a race and although you can replicate a lot of things at home, there is nothing like a race to find them out.

A happy bunch of yard staff

You couldn’t make up the announcement of the world rankings and how the collection of experts came to the conclusion that Winx was on the same level as Cracksman I will never know. They seem to think that the Australians have the best races as well with so many of them highly ranked in the 100 top races. At least the Arc was rated number one, which is something, but the committee this year seems to be very Australian biased. I know we didn’t see much of Enable, but to win the Arc and the Breeders’ Cup you would have thought that would have been enough. The people who put these lists together are computer and figures mad and I am sure they enjoy spreadsheets, but they don’t always tell the right story.