Thursday, October 15, 2015

Very exciting!

There's plenty to discuss.  There's always plenty to discuss.  But there's never enough time in which to discuss it.  There's plenty going on here, there and everywhere, and I'm sure that I have many issues on which I wanted to touch. But it's been a busy day and it's already just about past my bedtime, so I'll let them drift even farther away from the forefront of my mind than they are at present.  I was a bit later to bed than usual last night as I attended the annual awards evening of the Suffolk Branch of St. John's Ambulance, at Haugley Barn, the other side of Bury St Edmunds.  That was really good - but I don't like too many late nights in a row, so I don't want tonight to be another.

So I'll try to turn in shortly, but before I do I ought to signal the fact that we have two trips coming up.  Trips to two of my favourite racecourses, as luck would have it.  Fakenham is an institution in this part of the world, not least because of Clerk of the Course David Hunter, who is excellent.  His going updates are enough to make it clear what a brahmameister he is, and I quote from the bulletin in advance of tomorrow's meeting: "Rain during the week meant no watering has taken place.  Ground will ride on easy side of good.  The ground is in spectacular condition with huge covering of lush greenness and perfect jumping ground.  A new weighing room and owners' and trainers' bar awaits you - very exciting!  Any questions please give me a buzz on ..."

And it is indeed exciting to be having a runner on Fakenham's first card of the autumn.  Especially when that runner is our hero Tommy (Platinum Proof) who is seen in the first paragraph having his final pre-race jumping lesson this morning under the excellent Irish amateur Tim Donworth, who is Ireland's reigning champion novice point-to-point rider and who will ride him in the race.  It's Tommy's first jumps race in Great Britain or anywhere else, and it's Tim's first race of any description in Great Britain.  So, as David Hunter correctly says, "Very exciting!".  Tommy will be our first jumps runner of 2015 (but not our first National Hunt runner, Near Wild Heaven having run in a bumper at Bangor in March) - and then we have dear old Zarosa, having her first race for about a year, in action at Catterick the next afternoon.  Very exciting indeed!

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