Groom's diary: Time Test ready for date with destiny


Time Test is ready to run a big race in the Coral-Eclipse


 By Jagdish Bansode 10:42AM 2 JUL 2016 

To celebrate Stable Staff week, Jagdish Bansode, a groom at Roger Charlton’s yard, writes a daily diary in the lead-up to Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse as he helps prepare Time Test for the big race

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

AFTER Time Test completed his final routine canter before the Coral- Eclipse, the farrier checked his racing plates and our physio Charlotte Lampard gave him his standard pre-race treatment. At lunchtime I spoke to my children Rohan, Taniya and Annayna, who are very excited about the race, and asked them to pray that we don’t get any more rain!

This morning we will be leaving Beckhampton at 9.30am and the journey to Sandown, traffic permitting, will take about two hours, although we always leave in time to allow for any problems.

On arrival at the course I will put Time Test in a stable – I hope it is the same box that Al Kazeem used before winning the Coral-Eclipse three years ago! Luckily Time Test tends to be a good traveller, but when he is stabled I will still check that all is well with him and that his plates are okay. I will then give him some water and leave him to rest for a while.

Warm up

About 40 minutes before the off I will give Time Test a good warm-up and allow him to stretch his legs before Mr Charlton comes to saddle him.

When a horse enters the parade ring before a big race there is always a buzz and you can feel the excitement in the atmosphere. Time Test can become quite strong once the jockey is legged up, as he knows it is nearly time to race, so my job will be to keep him as relaxed and calm as possible.

Once I let Time Test go on the course all I can do is pray that he comes home first!

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