Wednesday 4th November, 2020

A splendid morning in Adlestrop with the sun shining and a clear blue sky.  The early morning frost soon melted in the sun and many of the string stepped up their work in preparation for some runners next week and the week after.  Thanks to rain earlier in the week, we were able to school over hurdles and fences yesterday.   It was also great to welcome owners Jay Taylor and Peter and Anne Hepworth who were making visits before lockdown.

We have made entries for Tulane, Iron Horse and Lady Of Authority next week on the flat, over fences and hurdles.

Since being a member of the Carbine Club (a sporting club named after Melbourne Cup winner Carbine), the race that stops the nation has become a race of great interest.   Very sad that last year’s Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck suffered a fatal injury in Tuesday’s race.

For Joseph O’Brien to win the race for a second time at the age of 27 is simply quite remarkable.   The winner was given a great front running ride by Jye McNeill.  Interesting that his post race comment was that he was concentrating on not hitting the horse too many times and using his voice excessively in the last furlong.  Techniques that should be encouraged.

Once again the ever consistent Prince Of Arran was placed and Europe seem to have an ever increasing stranglehold on the race.  Very few Australian racehorses are bred for stamina and this is clearly playing to the strengths of the European challengers.  I am not in non-covid times, it is an experience not to be missed and I look forward to visiting the great event one day.