Friday, 14 October 2011

Big big day

Oh dear, British racing's biggest day tomorrow and the whole thing is being overshadowed by controversy regarding the new whip rules, most unfortunate and now the jockeys are thinking of striking on Monday.  BHA not looking clever, the magnitude of change was such that they should have phased the rules in gradually and this scenario could have been avoided, as a result the racing authorities appear in disarray and of course the press are making hay. A noticeable turnaround in opinion from many leading figures in the industry (McCoy, Nicholls etc) which doesn't say much for them, personally, I stick to my guns, in the long term the changes will prove worthwhile but the manner of their intoduction has been crass.
Still, huge day at Ascot and sports fans quite like a bit of controversy so maybe more people will end up paying attention to it, and a big day for us at Kelso where there are 8 races including 4 maximum fields; ground is good to soft and  we have 4 runners, all with Lucy on board...
Capital Venture (Lucy Henry)

The Paddy Premium (rt) at Perth

Northern Flame (Emma)

Forcefield (Lucy Henry)
We run Capital Venture for Ray Calder and Jan Scott in the 2.45, 14 run - hmm, this is a smashing horse with a high class pedigree that won his bumper over course and distance last time out, new trainer now though and I deliberately haven't been hard on him, he seems very well and I will know a lot more about him after tomorrow's run.  In the 4.30 we run the enigmatic Northern Flame for the Peglegs, 11 run,  first time blinkers as last season his attitude came into question, he would probably prefer better ground but I am just looking for him to show some sort of desire to finish ahead of some of the other horses.  In the 5.05 we run Mark Fleming's The Paddy Premium, 7 run, the handicapper was tough on him for his win at Perth in June considering he is 11 and he didn't relent after running back there in September and he is likely to continue to come up against improving younger horses, we are giving him some assistance this time via Lucy's 7lb claim.  In the 5.40 we run Forcefield, 16 run, first time visor, 2nd top weight but in great form and hoping for a decent effort.  Lucy also goes for the three-timer on Pete in the 3.55..... 

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