A Royal Ascot winner goes to the States ...

It's a little cooler this morning

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

"You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure."

George Cukor.

Velvet Voice and Astrofire

After yesterday’s very muggy and oppressive weather, it is much nicer this morning with cleaner air, which is certainly a few degrees cooler. Unfortunately no rain is forecast, or looks like falling for the next couple of weeks, which is disappointing, but you can’t have everything. The flag is flying at the top of the pole again this morning with a full complement of staff and we have had a great morning with the horses. We have taken two lots on the Cambridge Road polytrack, doing fast work, and the rest have been on the Southfield Round canter and Hamilton Hill. All has gone as well as could be expected.

Astroblaze and Roof Garden

It was an odd race yesterday at Wolverhampton where Rum Ration got hampered early on and was never in a position thereafter to get involved. It is imperative in these sorts of races that you get in the right place from the stalls. I suppose this is what six or seven of them wanted to do, hence the scrimmaging. I will be running him again pretty quickly and will also be adding a pair of blinkers to his racing tack. I have already schooled him over hurdles and he jumps well, so that is another arrow to our bow in the future.

Walking back from the Cambridge Road

There are headlines again on the front of the Racing Post with the BHA taking a prominent vet to court charged with passing inside information. I said it right from the beginning that when you can have a bet on a horse to lose, it is going to do nothing but harm to our sport and why we still let it happen I don’t know. In every sport you should bet on the winner, not on the losers, but we have allowed this to gain credence and headlines like this are going to do nothing but harm. Personally I can’t see the accusation standing up and it may be another knockback for the BHA, but they should bring a rule in stopping this sort of thing altogether, or as I have just said, it should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.