Long day ahead......

Long day ahead……

A late night beckons as WICKED WENCH and SULIS MINERVA battle it out at Haydock tonight in the 8:40. Both are coming off decent runs and should have chances if they can find their best form. SULIS needs to be covered up and delivered kindly late on with as little pressure as possible so needs a bit of luck to get a nice tow into the race.

I think we might try riding Wicked Wench with a little more patience here as she just doesn’t quite appear to be getting home as strong as I think she might. I have added the cheek pieces as a bit of help to see if they can get her travelling a bit stronger early and allow her to track into the race on her own.

COMPTON ALBION and COPPER LEYF head to Nottingham this afternoon. The former has had a few minor setbacks which has put her off the scene for longer than I had hoped but hopefully she can use today’s first experience on the turf as a springboard for her season. She is only a slight filly and I haven’t wound her up but she may not need much winding to produce.

Copper Leyf was very disappointing on heavy ground at Chepstow and I am hoping better ground today will see a better performance from him.  He has worked well enough at home and I would be hopeful of improvement.

It has been such a sad week with the passing of a true legend in Sir Henry Cecil. I sat down yesterday to write something profound about the man and the fact I would have him in my top 4 trainers that I have been around to see. However there will be hundreds of tributes to him and I don’t think I could put my thoughts into words. Sir Henry  was one of those  rare people who I was guilty of  staring at when he was in view, such was the aura about him. He will be sadly missed.

I have to add that one of the moments in racing I knew the path to training was the right one for me was the day I stood at Newmarket and watched BOSRA SHAM win the Champion Stakes in scintillating fashion. That memory has always stayed with me, even the picture of her small brittle feet wrapped in glue on shoes that saw her through that day. A great memory.