DerringBay, accompanied by me and my friend Louise, head off to Guernsey tomorrow for what should be an interesting time, to say the least. We run in the fifth and last race on Monday, a handicap with only four runners and we have top weight of 69 kilos. We’re hoping that all the paperwork is in order and – more importantly – we have calm seas for the crossing. I don’t know how Bay feels about boats, but I hate them, so I’ll be happy to get that part of the trip over with.
Hard Way, meanwhile, is all set for Monday at Chantilly, where he will face only 11 runners in the bottom half of the Tierce handicap. We are exceptionally lucky to have such a small and relatively easy field, so he should do well. It’s a shame I can’t be in two places at once, but Valerie will handle things at Chantilly.
With all going on in our own yard, I will miss the big races in America and England on Saturday. The Kentucky Derby and the 2,000 Guineas are great races, but I’ll have to settle for the replays. I will, at least, get to watch the 1,000 Guineas live on Sunday.
Watch this space for a full report on both of our races when I come home.