Two more juveniles made promising starts to their flat racing careers today at Carlisle, one of my favourite tracks - not least of all because I trained my first winner there as a fully fledged licence holder..... a rather long time ago. His name was "White Diamond" and, ever since then Carlisle has been lucky for me. Today "Nifty Niece" made her racecourse debut under PJ, the well behaved daughter of Zebedee jumped smartly and was quickly into her stride and travelling strongly, she got a little bit lost mid race before the penny dropped and she ran on very well despite an unclear passage to finish a close up third. She looks sure to win soon.
"Ladofash" also made a good impression although he got sqeezed for room and shuffled back, losing about five lengths in the process and finishing fifth but he showed a great attitude and he is a horse we really like. Things didn't go so well with "Silhuette" however, one of last years stable stars who won her first race at Carlilse before winning the Ripon Hornblower, we are hoping the next 24/48 hours will give us a clue to her poor showing today because she looked fantastic, was as fit as a fiddle and won first time out last year.
At home the vets were busy with six monthly vaccinations for just over half the yard, the remainder will get done after their next runs, worming too has been completed this week and the dentist has already been in and worked on every set of knashers on the place. I am glad we managed to get all this done because if the "IN" camp are to be believed and the UK leaves the EU in tomorrows big vote then the entire world as we know it will cease and we will all have no jobs, no prospects, no civil rights, and probably no bread for the foreseeable future.
On the way to the races today George and I were treated to former PM John Major's bleating, threatening and bullying on the radio. He was almost as amusing as when he managed to go up in everyones estimation by having an affair with "Miss Chucky Egg". Delightful.
Roll on Friday when we will know how brave and independant minded we all are.