It’s very nearly the middle of June and we have cricket matches abandoned and a race meeting at Pontefract called off due to a waterlogged course.
Waterlogged? In June? The weather world is going crazy.
Each time this happens it is a body blow for the smaller, more low profile courses. Having a race meeting on is essential for the survival of courses such as Pontefract and brings extra income to the local community. Everyone suffers when a meeting is called off.
And it leads to more and more courses planning to rip up the turf and lay down a synthetic surface. I happen to think we already have too many all weather tracks. I don’t want to see more. But that’s the way racing is going.
Racecourse officials, especially those in the north of England, are fed up with losing turf meetings to the weather.
On Tuesday there is very little to attract fans of flat racing. A low grade all weather meeting at Lingfield and a slightly better turf meeting down at Salisbury.
The great Sea the Stars has sired some winners of late, including the impressive winner of the Oaks, Taghrooda.
In this race one of his prodigy aims to follow up a last time out win. John Gosden trains Seagull. William Buick takes the ride this time around. The much softer ground anticipated on Tuesday will be a new experience for the filly. The win over further at Newmarket in May came on Good to Firm ground.
Godolphin enter Hidden Gold. She won on Good to Soft ground when racing for the first time. That came over this course and distance, in a maiden.
Richard Hughes won over course and distance when riding Crystal Nymph to a narrow victory. Up 5 pounds in the handicap, in a race against better opponents, means Hughes will have to pull out all the stops to make it back to back wins.
Win Seagull 3/1
Sir Frank Morgan is a horse that continues to frustrate punters. I gave up on him two or three races back. He may win again one day for trainer Mark Johnston, but he’ll not be carrying my money if and when he does. I threw him out of my last chance saloon last month.
Instead I side here with past course and distance winner, the Richard Hughes ridden Aiyana. The filly is four pounds higher than when winning a slightly lower class race here by a length and a half last October.
The rarely out of the frame Munsarim is a threat to both.
Win Aiyana 2/1
Well that’s all I could come up with on a terrible Tuesday of racing.
Patience is a virtue my mum always said. And the sport of racing is testing mine to the limit!
Let’s hope for better stuff on Wednesday.