Not Even Pegasus likes Sloppy Ground

Not Even Pegasus likes Sloppy Ground

Peeping outside the weather doesn't look much.

The cold of autumn, changing of the clocks and falling leaves brings a distinct change to proceedings. If you love horse racing from around the world then you may well be looking at the Pegasus World Cup entries. I can't say I have ever been to a US race track although I have had it in mind considering I've been to West Palm Beach, Florida a lot these last two years until Coronavirus threw a spanner in the works.

In fact, I used to fly from Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, which is literally a stone's throw from Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida. Then Norwegian changed the flight to Miami as, I guess, it is a more touristy destination.

Anyway, I look forward to going to Gulfstream Park in the not so distant future. Florida weather is always a pleasure and autumn and winter is like a lovely British summer's day so you really can't go wrong. I guess when they get those tropical storms the tracks get sloppy.

It's a term we don't use in the UK.

The British Flat turf season is coming to an end and the ground is pretty much sodden. For example, racing at Leicester the other day, a course that is prone to waterlog and soft or heavy going isn't my idea of a predictable betting surface.

Take a look at the race times and you see a five-furlong race almost ten seconds slow. It's similar to a horse racing on fast ground over an extra furlong.

However, I have never, or imagine will ever, see the day when the official going at Leicester is ''SLOPPY''. If the clerk of the course mentions the word sloppy in a sentence it would be followed by abandoned or ship ahoy!

It's been a funny old season. The Flat turf season starting in June, a pretty short four months to conclude in mid-November. Well, that's what I imagine. With all the changes taking place nothing is set in stone.

It's interesting to consider that the United Kingdom has more racecourses than the Unites States.

I may have this completely wrong - but I think I'm correct.

I know it sounds illogical, but they have a different system out there where horses are basically trained at the racecourses. It makes sense in such a vast country where it wouldn't be practical to travel as they do here. Although, I think there may be one or two trainers who are based at our all-weather racecourses, if not on-site, in close proximity.

As they say: ''Horses for courses.''

That's what makes British horse racing - idiosyncratic courses. Chepstow looks like it used to be a venue for a rollercoaster!

I'd enjoy a day at the races anywhere in the world because much of the fun comes from the crowd.

I know one thing, I wouldn't bet anywhere but UK horse racing. Why? Because I don't understand anything else.

I'd be as green a two-year-old on its debut.

In my humble opinion, Pegasus sprouted wings so he didn't have to run on testing ground - heavy, sloppy or lake.