Groom’s diary: Rain worries ensure a sleepless night

To celebrate Stable Staff Week, groom Jagdish Bansode writes a daily diary in the lead-up to Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse as he helps prepare Time Test

Groom Jagdish Bansode
Age 38
Working at Roger Charlton’s 8 years
Favourite memory Al Kazeem winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

WE all know Time Test needs fast ground to be at his best, so I had a restless night’s sleep having seen the weather forecast, which was predicting plenty of rain.

The morning got off to a good start, though, as the sun was shining when I walked to work and all was well with Time Test when I checked on him first thing. He had eaten all of his breakfast and seemed fresh and in good spirits when I put him on the walker.

Steve Raymont rode Time Test out first lot and reported the horse to be in good form after his two routine canters. The good weather didn’t last long and most of the morning was a complete washout, but luckily Time Test had returned to his stable before the rain started.

Rewarding tasks

We have a new filly in the yard who is very nervous in the stable and I helped her rider tack her up to keep her calm and relaxed.

I also helped with stalls work second lot and it was really exciting to see the young horses progressing. Unfortunately I couldn’t give any of the horses a pick of grass today due to the continuous rain, but I made sure they had plenty of hay and were warm enough after their exercise.

There was then a sad moment as I got Captain Cat ready to leave the yard. The whole team are sad to see him leave as he has been a very special horse to all at Beckhampton.

At evening stables later I will tend to Time Test first and put him on the walker before giving him a good groom and making sure his needs are met.

We have five runners at Bath this evening and it will be a late finish for their lads, so I will help by getting the horses’ boxes ready, making sure each horse has enough bedding, feed and water.

 

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