It rushes across the turnpike road, where there is no gate, no policeman, no signal: nothing but a rough wooden arch, on which is painted 'WHEN THE BELL RINGS, LOOK OUT FOR THE LOCOMOTIVE.' On it whirls headlong, dives through the woods again, emerges in the light, clatters over frail arches, rumbles upon the heavy ground
, shoots beneath a wooden bridge which intercepts the light for a second like a wink, suddenly awakens all the slumbering echoes in the main street of a large town, and dashes on haphazard, pell-mell, neck-or-nothing, down the middle of the road.
Lute almost caught up amongst the trees, but was hopelessly outdistanced on the fallow field adjoining, across which the mare tore with a fine disregard for heavy ground
Highest Benefit should not be inconvenienced by heavy ground
as he finished second in testing conditions at Clonmel last season and placed over hurdles on heavy ground
earlier in his career.
Clive Cox's 6/4 jolly made a bold bid to retain his crown in the Group 1 but his lack of race-fitness told and he faded to finish sixth on the heavy ground
But Jaega, bred and owned by Newtown Anner Stud, has already proven her ability to handle heavy ground
and, armed with that capability, and with a fitness advantage, the daughter of Fastnet Rock, ridden again by Leigh Roche, gets the vote to provide in-form Dermot Weld with the highlight of what promises to be a good day for Rosewell House.
Kalashnikov just failed to really fire on the heavy ground
that day, but he stuck on well and it also later transpired he had lost a shoe during the race.
More wet weather had left today's fixture in doubt though racing goes ahead, albeit on heavy ground
, in what is a huge boost to the course given the importance of the date in the Welsh sporting calendar.
HAYDOCK Park's feature today is the Grand National Trial over 3m 5f on heavy ground
and it goes without saying it will be a thorough test of stamina.
Today you need to be looking for horses that will handle the conditions and Sew on Target will have no problem with the heavy ground
and is well handicapped.
I wouldn't want to run him on heavy ground
," said the Newmarket trainer.
However, the prospect of heavy ground
was enough to help Nicholls decide to keep Sir Alex Ferguson's chaser at home.
THE paddypower.com Cork National is the highlight of today's racing fare, and with flood warnings around it's a short price that we'll have heavy ground
to contend with.