Monday 2nd November, 2020

It was a very wet work morning on Saturday but this did not stop yard sponsor Sue Harvey coming along to watch Lesser and Run Rosie Run impress on the gallops.  We will have a few entries next week and look forward to getting the horses out and about even though owners will probably not be allowed to attend.  All very frustrating but it’s imperative we keep racing going and as safe as possible.

The continued rain has given our schooling ground some perfect going and it was good to have Will Kennedy in this morning to school with Danny Hiskett as we prepare for next week’s runners.

Saturday’s jump racing was a real tonic for all, with some great performances and close finishes.  Cyrname is certainly a class act and now he has learned to settle, he looks a strong fancy for the King George.

Looking forward to the Melbourne Cup tomorrow morning with Aiden O’Brien having the first two favourites.  Tiger Moth looks unexposed and could be well handicapped.  Good luck to Dashing Willoughby who is part-owned by our friends Mick and Janice Mariscotti.  Should he win, you will hear Janice from afar.

Great to read an article on Richard Johnson in yesterday’s Racing Post.  Dicky was emphasising the importance of owners in our great sport.  A fact that never should be forgotten – especially in these times.

From experience, R Johnson has always been popular with all owners thanks to his impeccable manners, natural smile and honest and informative feedback.  All young jockeys would do well to copy him.  As J Francome always told me, the best lesson he learned off Richard Pitman was to get owners to like you.  So true.