A Royal Ascot winner goes to the States ...

We really do need some rain

Thursday, 19 July 2018

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

First lot on Southfields Round

Everything is going very smoothly and I couldn’t be happier with the horses. They are all gleaming in the early morning sunshine. We have been cantering on Southfield Round polytrack once again, followed by Hamilton Hill. All has gone very well. I just wish we could get some rain, which would help the courses with their ground. It is very frustrating not to be having runners, but young horses can quite easily get jarred up and then once jarred, take a while to get over it. Patience is a big word in the training profession.

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(L) Melo Pearl and (R) Ginger Lady

It is great to see that Magners Irish Cider has become the new partner at the Cheltenham Festival and will have the Gold Cup named after them. I hope this is the start of an even bigger sponsorship package which will bring much needed prize money into the middle and lower ranges. I can never understand why we can’t get one big firm to sponsor all the number cloths on every track, which would mean their product would be advertised constantly on all the racing channels, something like Coca-Cola, or even Google for instance. It would then benefit the whole of the industry, not just a few elite winners. While I’m on about increasing prize money, another one of the bees in my bonnet is that every race should have a best turned prize out of a minimum value of £50. The staff love to win these and it would be very easy to initiate. So come on racecourse groups, get your act together. The publicity to the racecourses would do you nothing but good.

Crossing the road over to the Hamilton Hill

Page six and seven of the Post today makes sobering reading with articles on Ryan Hatch and George Baker. Both jockeys had crashing falls which has changed their lives forever. The Injured Jockey Fund and Racing Welfare, plus other racing charities, are doing a top class job giving them support as they come to terms with their lifestyle changes. We are very good as an industry in supporting our whole family and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that nobody ever sees. We wish both these two and the many other jockeys and staff in the industry who are reliliant on support all the best.