Thursday 12th December, 2019

Off to Taunton today to saddle Lady Of Authority in the 12.30pm.  We were looking for better ground but it has rained all morning, however hopefully after this run she will have a handicap mark which will increase our options with her.  She has won twice on the flat for us and given better ground in the right company, I’m sure she will be competitive over hurdles.

Two runners tomorrow with Over Stated running in the two and a half mile novice handicap hurdle at Doncaster and Madame Ritz in the six furlong handicap at Chelmsford.

Over Stated showed promise on his run back after a break in a novice hurdle at Warwick three weeks ago and we will see if his handicap mark is a fair reflection of his ability tomorrow.  The longer trip should be of benefit to him and once again Danny Hiskett rides.

Madame Ritz will be ridden by Rob Havlin at Chelmsford.  She ran well on the course over a furlong further recently and hopefully a drop back in trip will make her competitive and reward her patient owners.

Dandy Lass disappointed at Kempton yesterday when she faded quite quickly once headed in the straight.  We will drop her back in trip and ride her more patiently next time to see if it brings about an improvement.

I went to Lambourn on the way back from Uttoxeter on Tuesday to read at the Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas Carol concert.  It was a wonderful occasion with Ed Chamberlin being a fellow reader.

James Luck, brother of Nick, did a wonderful impersonation of Gareth Malone by leading a choir of children bred by local racing folk.  Whilst trainer Heather Main and jockey Lizzie Kelly both sang as well as any professional.

Well done to Chicky Oaksey and all her committee for organising such a splendid event for such a worthy cause.

Lambourn was the place where Darkie Deacon spent nearly all of his life.  Darkie sadly passed away recently and was an institution in the village thanks to his brilliant horsemanship, especially when working for the mighty Fulke Walwyn.  They don’t make them like that any more and we should never forget their contribution to our sport.