Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dew and mist

Could have been worse, I suppose, particularly bearing in mind that the A14 was shut for the inevitable never-ending overnight repairs: I got back in the house by 11.30.  Aside from the detour, the journey home from Wolverhampton wasn't too bad.  Furthermore, we're getting away from the summer now, so generally the weekend-bound traffic on a Friday afternoon isn't so dreadful.  Today, in fact, we had a lengthy detour on the outbound journey because the A14 was shut (because of an accident, rather than by design) but all in all the trip was fairly straightforward.  There was less immediately obvious promise in Fen Lady's run today than in her run at Wolverhampton two weeks ago, but at least she's eligble for handicaps now, so that will make life easier for her.

It was rather eerie at Wolverhampton tonight as a decent layer of mist rose over the course after night had fallen and the temperature had started to drop, but there's no harm in that.  This morning (or, rather, I should say 'yesterday morning' because it's now past midnight) was lovely again, the depressingly heavy dew and chilly start offset by the glorious conditions.  I think and hope that tomorrow will be nice too, which would be a particular bonus as we'll be having an afternoon at the Rowley Mile.

It's the Group One raceday called 'Dubai Future Champions' Day' so the obvious thing to do is to run not a high-class horse or a young one, but a five-year-old maiden.  Hence Tommy comes into play - but before you think I've lost the plot, he won't be running in the Dewhurst, but in the Varsity Race (representing Cambridge, of course).  Roy did this last year and it was a joy to be part of a very special event, so I'm hoping that the same will apply tomorrow.  And I'm hoping that things will be straightforward, and that the run will be a worthwhile part of Tommy's preparation for his hurdles debut at Fakenham six days later.

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