A drizzly dull sort of day, mild still so can’t really complain and pleased to be back racing tomorrow at Musselburgh where we have two runners on ground that is described as good, both ridden by Kit.
Bracing runs in the 12.35, 11 run, it might all happen a bit quickly for her round Musselburgh but she needs the experience. Whybutwhy runs in the 2.20, 10 run, he has top weight which seems a little harsh but he is in good form at home. It is great to see that Musselburgh’s excellent £500 per runner incentive in the chases appears to have worked though of course selfishly I would prefer a three runner affair! Lucy is at Doncaster where she rides Harry the Lemmon in the 1.55 and Premier Grand Cru in the 2.30.
A team from Channel 4 in here yesterday to film a piece for their “Dark Horses” section of the Morning Line programme, I let Sam Thomas ride and them film a promising unraced 4yo who should be making his racecourse debut in the next few weeks. I have been very keen to take him for a racecourse gallop somewhere so he has half a chance of knowing the ropes for the real thing, unfortunately Musselburgh can’t allow us on again tomorrow, I don’t blame them in any way as they are very pushed for room and they must preserve the ground for racing but my trip to Ireland earlier this week did highlight how much of a disadvantage we are at, they have numerous opportunities every week to run in schooling bumpers and schooling hurdles and there was a lot of excited talk about them; we on the other hand are effectively pushed into a situation where we are forced to get the horse to make its maximum effort on its very first trip to a racecourse otherwise we get into trouble, it isn’t a good situation and as it has become so much more difficult to allow galloping after racing in the North we ought to be working with the racecourses to provide a different solution.