I've been tied up signing off a book project these last few days, although in reality there's been very little to report anyway. As always, we are left with more questions than answers going through the JRA/Carrot reports. Tenshinramman is not great, and her next race is scheduled for "before Spring." By that time, her tension will have gone through the roof, and she'll probably be in season, too, which will add to her mental problems. I may as well write her report for you now! My own stance on her hasn't changed - she should be pulled from her present stables or retired.
Miracle Rouge is supposed to be getting better, which is a good job, seeing as he's only raced once in the last six months! While Irish Harp has made it back to Ritto, Belle Plage is supposed to be going back to the racing stables soon, and J'ai Un Reve should also be making a move that way, too. Most of the others are doing less work than the average English dole waller, giving us just three Nakayama dates to log: War Chronicle on the 13th (1600m turf, with Nori Yokoyama in the saddle), Harmony Fair on the 21st (1800m dirt, although the race is poorly supported, which may equal out her hatred of sand in her hair), and Massabielle, set to make an interesting debut in a 2000m turf race on the 27th.
Meanwhile, on the NAR front, Phosphorus is due to run in a C1 race (the 1600m 6R) at Kawasaki on the 16th. I can't wait to see if he's back to the real Phosphorus, or still in sleep mode after his break. Unfortunately, I may not be able to go and cheer him on, though, as I have some work being done on the telephone line that day. If I can't make it, that would be the first race of his I'll have missed.
All quiet on the Irish and Australian fronts, but the new horses from Lord Ilsley in the UK are coming through. I've got some pedigrees on my table, so we can expect some news from England soon. As for 'Bugatti', the big fella makes his L1 Dressage debut over the weekend with Louis, as well as providing a partner for Sophie, who is looking to show a few doubters that she still has what it takes. These last few practice sessions have shown a revival of the brave streak, and she should do well - there were a few early encounters with Bugatti that understandably left her feeling ill at ease with the wild beast! For Louis, this is a practice run, nothing more, as he's jumping Classes with a raw contender, and it's not fair to expect too much from the pairing at this stage. Wish them luck...