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We have one runner today at Kempton

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

American Indian Proverb.


It’s a chalk and cheese morning compared to yesterday, bright, cold and windy, instead of dark, wet and muddy. Everybody is in so the flag is flying and we have got on very well this morning. First lot galloped on Cambridge Road polytrack and all went well. The rest have been cantering on the polytracks racecourse side. The vicar called in to give us some divine inspiration, which is always helpful, and he is a great enthusiast and support for all the staff in town.

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(L) Four Fifty Three and (R) Clearance

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 7.10 over one mile four furlongs. We are going just a little bit further this time, and his draw is not very good. He got no sort of run last time out when he was hampered twice and I think tactics will play a big part here tonight. He is not without a chance in this handicap if things fall his way.

Rum Ration

I see Ascot have boosted their prize money once again so the big Royal Ascot meeting will now get over £7 million in prize money. Of course the people who have horses at Royal Ascot don’t need the money, so once again the money put into racing will go to the top elite. I know the call is to keep rewarding the best participants, or the ones with the most ability, but you need the grass roots level and the middle market and that part of the industry is still 10 years behind what it should be. In my opinion this extra money, although it may be Ascots own, should be boosting the middle market, rather than rewarding the top. It is not the money these overseas owners want, it is the prestige, whether it be at Ascot, York, Cheltenham or Aintree. The money is a secondary thought to them.

Velvet Voice

We have had no foals yet on the stud although there are four mares in the foaling boxes. The first is due next week, but there are not many signs of an imminent foaling as yet. We are getting through the list of stallions that will be covering the mares this year and it is always time consuming but great fun to try and get the right bloodlines together. Angie is brilliant at researching the right lines and nicks which go together, but then you have to find the stallion you can afford and one that has the confirmation and temperament that suits your mare. It is not an exact science though and as I have said before you need a big helping of luck to play a major part. Talking about luck, Mystic Meg has a new range of jewellery out, see her website which is great value and would be brilliant as presents or good luck charms for anybody.