Another fine day, slightly cooler with a breeze, autumn in the air.  Perth stages its Glorious Finale meeting this week and I am pleased that we should be represented by 8 runners starting with 6 declared for tomorrow,  the ground will hopefully be on the soft side of good.

Cancan (Kim)

We kick off with Cancan in the Mares Novice Hurdle at 1.52, she ran very well in defeat later on last season, steps up in trip tomorrow and shouldn’t be far away if she stays the trip – Henry Brooke rides and 8 run.

Not the Chablis

Next up is Not the Chablis in the 2.25, a race run to celebrate the lives of our friends and mentors John and Susan Bradburne; a special race and he was only just beaten here in May by a horse that went on to win twice more in facile fashion but this drop back in trip won’t necessarily suit and he’s going to improve for the run – Sean Quinlan rides and 8 run.

Brave Bairn (Bruce)

A pause then before we are double-handed in the last two races – in the 5.20 Brave Bairn (Bruce) makes her handicap debut and whilst she should improve for the step up in trip she is still relatively inexperienced.


Centenier (Jamie Hamilton) has improved steadily through the summer and may play a part if the rain stays away – 10 run.

Silk or Scarlet (Bruce)

Silk or Scarlet (Bruce) won well over course and distance back in May and bids to follow up tomorrow in the 5.55, he would have a good chance if fully fit but he’s a good 20kg heavier so that probably tells a story.

Fernhill Lad (Jade)

Fernhill Lad (Henry Brooke) was 4th that day and seems a stronger horse after his break, he’s also a bit fitter so it would be no surprise to see him turn the tables tomorrow – 11 run.

Lewa House

On Thursday we have two runners making their hurdling debuts, Lewa House (Bruce) in the 1.25 and Ultra Violet (Comor O’Farrell) in the 3yo hurdle at 1.55.  Lewa House has schooled nicely and should progress over hurdles this season, likely to need further in due course.

Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet is nicely bred for hurdling and won his last two starts on the flat in France, that was over a mile so big question as to whether he will stay but his pedigree suggests he will and he’s a laid back type so I hope he will stay, schools nicely and won’t mind soft ground but first time out is always about a clear round – 5 run.

Proud to be part of it…

Changing the subject we were delighted to be part of National Racehorse Week which finished on Saturday and we had plenty of interested visitors, the first time we have been open to the public and hopefully not the last.  We were also delighted to win the Lycetts Team Champion Award for Excellence in Reward and Recognition, Lucy represented us at the Awards Ceremony held last week at Sandown Park.  Speaking of Lucy there is a good article about her in this month’s Injured Jockeys Fund Newsletter and you can read it here – the help she has received from them via Jack Berry House has been absolutely exceptional and we are all incredibly grateful to everyone there for all they have done – thank you IJF and JBH!

One last thing… I am quite embroiled in racing politics through my roles at the National Trainers Federation and hence sensitive to unfair prize money and a host of other issues that Trainers raise with me.  It’s worth putting all of that into perspective by watching this 5 min report from Channel 4 News on the resurgence of racing in Idlib Syria – moving, inspirational and should make us all realise how very lucky we are to enjoy this wonderful sport, take nothing for granted.