With race meetings cancelled all over the country and heavy ground just about everywhere it’s possible we may not have any runners this week.
I made plenty of entries at Plumpton, Chepstow and Wincanton but they were all abandoned. With more rain forecast this week I am not inclined to make any entries while the ground remains so deep.
At least we enjoyed a handy treble at Wincanton during a welcome window of opportunity on Wednesday. It was good to see David Maxwell, the most enthusiastic of owner riders, gain another victory on Unioniste at Wincanton. He puts so much into the game, deserves all the success he gets, has improved enormously with practise and has now won on his last three rides in hunter chases.
I have loads of horses fit and ready to go when conditions finally improve but I am not going to run them for the sake of it while the ground is so testing everywhere. The last thing you want to be doing is starting off nice bumper prospects and novices in these dreadful conditions.
I’ve never known a spring like it since I started training. There are no end of trainers in the same boat at the moment and we just have to be patient and wait for things to change.
I always look forward eagerly to Aintree’s Grand National meeting which is one we target every year. We will have plenty of entries there but they will not all be running if the ground hasn’t improved as there are plenty of opportunities the following week at Cheltenham and Ayr and also at Sandown on the final day of the season and surely the going will have dried up by then.
The way things are looking we will be busier than usual in May with plenty of runners that have been waiting for good ground.
In addition we will be searching for new recruits to improve the quality of the team and two smart four year olds have recently arrived from France.
My Way and Envoye Special already have decent form over fences and the challenge is to find more like them.