Japan Cup

Japan Cup

Monday, November 25, 2019


It was a brilliant result for Oisin Murphy in the Japan Cup. I rode in it once and it was quite an experience. People camp out the night before (see Lee Motteshead twitter video) the crowd are like football supporters following the horses and jockeys, hanging over the rails deperate for autopgraphs. I remember at the start which is at the bottom of the straight, the starter raised his flag to start the loading process and the crowd went baserk. It is really the only worrying thing you would ever have riding out there. Race riding in Japan is a very pleaseant experience as everyone has plenty of room. Even if you rub off another horse you are in for a 2 weeks suspension. None of the jockeys want to get banned as even the maiden races are worth 40 to 50 thousand to the winner. Japan racing is managed under a tote system, unlike us who are raped by the bookies.

All the yearlings in the yard have now cantered for a week, as a result their immune systems have dropped a little and we will start to see some snotty noises about the place. Pat and the lads are working tirelessly to stop any infection between the older and younger horses in the yard. It's tough time of year with everything so damp.

Summeronsevenhills attempts to win off a 6lb penalty on Wednesday at Kempton, he should be at least 5-7lb well in depending on what the handicapper gives him tomorrow morning.

I am on my way back from Newmarket having been at Tattersalls December yearling sale. There were a small amount of quality horses and becuase of this I think they were over priced and I came home empty handed.