A Monday morning of fresh horses which is always a good sign.  Arctic Chief is declared for Kempton tomorrow in the 1 mile 4 novice.  He has run well on both his flat starts and after this race will have a handicap mark which will increase our options.

He doesn’t like soft ground and it would be nice to find him a hurdle race but there is nothing suitable around at present.  He has always had a lot of ability and Robert Havlin takes the ride.

Lady Of Authority travelled well to the straight on Saturday but once again faded in the final furlong and perhaps more waiting tactics would suit her.  She has the size and scope to go over hurdles as well and we will possibly go down that route with her.

Much has been written about horses having to wear hind shoes on the racecourse as of 1st February, unless getting an exemption from a vet.  This rule has been applied on the flat for a while.  Apparently some research has been done into horses possibly slipping when not wearing hind shoes.

Lee Mottershead writes about the subject in today’s Racing Post.  Mick Easterby and other legendary horseman have relayed that it should be the trainer’s decision whether or not a horse wears hind shoes.   Some of the horses at Adlestrop don’t wear hind shoes for certain reasons, including turning horses out into the paddock.

Also, like many trainers I am not keen on horses wearing front boots in races due to the possibility of tendons over heating.  Should a hind leg strike into a front leg, it is less likely to do damage without a hind shoe.

In the article today, it states that 98% of all jumpers already race in hind shoes.  Lee adds, “a statistic that underlies this rule change is hardly an impossible revolution, not least as there will remain veterinary exemption opportunities.”

My argument would be if 98% run in hind shoes, why worry about the 2% of some very dodgy statistics following horses apparently slipping over jumps.  Surely there are more important things to concentrate on in racing at present.  I often think the change is often there in order to prove someone’s salary.