Mild again and winter thankfully slipping past without too much disruption, conditions good for schooling this morning and we made the most of it with about 15 horses schooling over hurdles or fences. One runner at Musselburgh tomorrow where the groubnd is good, Andhaar in the 3.30, Blair Campbell rides and 10 run; he’s been in good form recently but Musselburgh is just on the sharp side for him, only place we can find his ground though and he is slipping down the weights so I am hopeful he will run a big race.
Lucy rides Touch of Steel in the same race and Avidity in the 2.25. Two good runs at Ayr on Tuesday, Clan Legend was never going to be competitive on those terms but needed the chasing experience, nothing went wrong and he jumped well, hopefully we can find a nice novice handicap for him in a few weeks. Gold Opera bounced back to form and looked the likely winner when he drew clear after the last, unfortunately he weakened in the last 50 yards and ended up 3rd but an excellent effort nevertheless.
The big news in National Hunt racing in the last week has been Jockey Club Racecourses announcing their intention to close Kempton Park and build a new all-weather track in Newmarket. This is a hugely controversial move from the guardians of racing’s heritage and unsurprisingly has provoked considerable passionate debate. The justification is that if they can achieve full planning permission for housing on the Kempton site then this will provide the cornerstone for £600m of fresh investment in the sport, a massive sum and if it is really only achievable through the sacrifice of Kempton then perhaps, just perhaps, it will be worth it but either way the racing public deserves considerably more information and detail than is currently being offered.