Tuesday 17th October, 2023

Organdi is declared in the 3.10pm at Wincanton on Thursday in the three mile one furlong handicap chase.  Hopefully they won’t have too much rain as she does like top of the ground.  Once again Sam Twiston-Davies will take the ride and although she has gone up five pounds in the handicap for her last victory, she appears in good form at home and let us hope she once again gives her enthusiastic owners more fun and excitement.

Sheila Nash and Roody Toody are entered for next week whilst many other members of the string build up their fitness and look on target to make their seasonal debuts in a few weeks time.

As the jumps season begins to get going we still have a lot of flat racing to look forward to in the next few weeks.  On Saturday we saw a potential superstar in City Of Troy.  He has been compared to Frankel and let’s hope for the Irish economy that he is as good as him.  He has a long way to go to prove this but he put up an excellent time and has a beautiful action.   This Saturday it is Champions Day at Ascot where unfortunately it looks as though the ground will be very soft.  Although this will suit many, it certainly doesn’t suit all and it is a shame that such races are not run on better ground.

News today that Hukum has been retired following a wonderful career with the highlight being his battling performance in this year’s King George.  He can look forward to a stud career in Japan.  Congratulations to Billy Loughnane on being champion apprentice.  Only 17, he has been a revelation this season and I am sure his excellent parents will keep him grounded in preparation for a fine career in the sport.