We English are never happy, phone call after phone call at the moment usually end’s with “sorry we’re not running”, or “too firm!”, or even the optimistic “we need rain”, which is why there are so many small fields. I mentioned it last week but no one from above has taken any notice….sun through the day and chuck down through the night please!!
As you know from some of my earlier scribbling’s, I follow my local team York City. Last season we had a lad play for us called Clarke Carlisle, a very good professional who has had his problems through his career. He is the chairman of the PFA and a very supportive chairman I may add. He goes out of his way to help and whilst racing has some good people in it’s rank’s it would be a better place for having someone like Clarke involved.
Last week BBC3 screened a programme that he fronted which looked at depression in footballer’s, it was quite hard hitting which looked at the tragic suicide’s of Gary Speed and the German international Robert Enke. It looked at millionaire footballer’s that were struggling to come to terms with bankruptcy, injuries and even how low a player would feel after losing.
It was very interesting and it showed just how big a thing depression is in modern society. It made me think about how it affect’s people in racing.
Jockey’s struggling to make a living at the minute, stable staff with drink and drug issues, trainer’s struggling due to the economic climate…. it can affect anyone.
I have spoke to many people in our great sport over the past few week’s and a lot of people are on a downer, the fast ground is limiting opportunities for both horse and jockey’s….so can I ask you all to join me in doing a mass rain dance to get those heaven’s to open between the hour’s of 1-00am and 5-00am every morning for the next month!
This year has had more than it’s fair share of the horror stories, sad news and bad press so here’s hoping we start getting some good news very soon.
There has been some good news coming from North of the border however as regards Brian Toomey, he is slowly improving and showing positive sign’s so for his family and friend’s that is great news.
Channel Four have had their fair share of criticism since they revamped the Morning Line and last weekend I joined the critics. They gave a lovely tribute to David Johnson, which was nice…. but not a word about the passing of Guy Reed. I could not believe it. Here is a man who, over certainly four or five decades, had hundreds of winner’s (Chris Thornton trained 380 alone), both as an owner and a breeder and he didn’t get a mention. Disgraceful, in my opinion.
Looking at the weekend’s racing, I like the chances of three that go on Friday.
Ruth Carr sends CONO ZUR out again quickly in the Haydock 5.30. Ruth’s charge has won a couple over CD with his last one coming in May 2012 off a three pound higher mark. Luke McNiff is probably the most experienced apprentice in the race and it will be a case of jumping and running and saying, “catch me if you can!”
The Cumani stable did us a favour last week with Kikonga obliging and I look to the Italian genius for a couple that I feel will be there or thereabouts at the business end.
BONANZA CREEK 3.35 Nottingham, ran a nice race on debut at Newbury and wasn’t given a hard time. Finished fourth and will come on for that experience. Luca does like to send his horses to Nottingham (8 wins from 30 runs) and he has a 27% strike rate there with his three year olds.
There have only been two runner’s sent on their way from Bedford House to Hamilton in the past five year’s and neither won, however this could change when OUT DO comes to town. He runs in the 7.45 race and I fancy him to take back the twenty grand in the box with him. He looked a sprinter of great potential when winning at Yarmouth and then ran a creditable third in a valuable sprint at Windsor. He could win this on the way to better things.