A pleasing season debut from Celestial Magic

Celestial Magic ran a pleasing race at Southwell yesterday on his seasonal debut.  Making the running until two out, he got tired in the sticky ground from the last and was beaten a length for third.

Hopefully this will tee him up for a novice chasing campaign and some sloppier ground would suit him better.

Hopefully there won’t be too much rain for our runners later in the week at Ludlow and Warwick.

After Southwell yesterday, I attended the Carbine Club AGM in London.  The Club first started in Australia and is named after a famous winner of the Melbourne Cup.

It is a Club full of sports lovers and legends.  It was good to spend the evening next to owner Alan Halsall.  I very much enjoyed the talk from legendary sports photographer, Chris Smith – who brought along many of his famous sporting prints from his fifty year career.

We were treated to a phantom call of the Melbourne Cup from Club member J A McGrath who was in Melbourne and sent along his recording from the loo of his aeroplane.

Well done Jim for calling the winner, Rekindling – who gave 24 year old Joseph O’Brien a great victory in the race, beating his father’s Johannes Vermeer in the closing stages of the epic race.

Young Joseph has already ridden a couple of Epsom Derby winners and has a achieved in a few years, what many people spend a lifetime trying to do.