If ever a man and a racecourse were synonymous it would be Sam Morshead and Perth. Over the last 25 years Sam and his team have turned what was a struggling Northern outpost into one of British racing’s great success stories. The sadness of the news last week that he was retiring early due to health issues has to be tempered both by celebrating what he has achieved and realising that far and away the most important thing is that he is given the very best chance to defeat his illness. Whilst his last major project at Perth, the new stables and hostel, remains to be completed I know that he will rest easier in the knowledge that he has succeeded in recruiting the most worthy of successors in the form of Hazel Peplinski. Those of us that love Perth owe Sam a huge debt of gratitude, not least for finding the right person to take on his role, well done Sam, get well again, and good luck Hazel.
We have a runner on the flat this evening, Andhaar in the 7.45 at Carlisle, 12 run, Rachel MacDonald rides and the ground is good to soft. This horse seems very well and it was frustrating that he missed his intended target at Perth last week, I would like to think that he will take another step forward this evening and run better than his odds suggest. Sadly I won’t be there as am in London for some NTF meetings, however thanks to Flybe cancelling the 7.30 from City airport I will at least now be able to watch the race, every cloud has a silver lining…..