Wednesday, 22 March 2017
"Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Malcolm S. Forbes.
It is overcast with a slight breeze this morning. It’s dry at present though, but rain is forecast for later on in the day and I think some bands of rain are due towards the end of the week. We have got one or two more staff in this morning and everything has had a good canter on the turf or Southfields Round. We have been using the Back of the Flat and New Ground turf, which is a great cantering exercise where you can get them into a rhythm and they relax. It has been quiet with runners this week, but we are just starting to have one or two more entries and the turf season is getting nearer. Memories of the Lincoln handicap are still fresh in the mind. Babodana and Smokey Oakey both won the race that used to have everybody talking from Christmas onwards, but is now sadly just another big Saturday handicap. How times change.
I see an MP has warned the bookmakers to expect bad news when the government produces it review of the gaming machines that are so widespread in the betting shops. The bookmakers warn that thousands of shops will shut, which would lead to a loss of millions to the industry through media rights and levy payments. It is all about problem gambling and how these machines are addictive. I think a sensible approach would be the best way, but it would be very interesting to see what is announced. Let’s hope it’s not too severe as I think it would affect our income stream if the betting shops were not viable.
Cushat Law with her Sea The Moon colt and below
It is the build up to the big Dubai World Cup weekend with quite a lot of European interest once again. There are plenty of Americans and Japanese there as well and it should make for very good viewing. The Meydan track and grandstands, plus hotel is huge and you can get lost on most race days, but this one weekend, it will be filled to full capacity and there will be everything known to man going on, before and afterwards. It is one of those days that everybody should witness at least once. The prize money is well worth having a go for, although you do have to pay enormous entry fees. Our owners, Malcolm and Max Franklin, have a share in Trip To Paris who runs in the two miler, so good luck to them.