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When will the weather break?

Monday, 23 July 2018

"I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far."

Robert Brault.

Cantering on Southfield Round

There was a tiny drop of dew on the grass this morning at 6 o’clock as Tim and I walked across the heath, but that has quickly evaporated as the temperature has soared. It looks to me as if it is going to be one of the hottest days of the year so far. Another dry week is forecast and we will be having very few runners as the ground will certainly be very fast. All the horses are cantering on the polytracks and with a good complement of staff, everything is going like clockwork. I could not be happier with how the horses look and let’s hope they continue in this vein.

Walking off the gallop

I was reading this week that the New Zealand racing industry is planning on building three new all-weather tracks. They have a minister for racing in the government which to me seems a great idea and I wish we could have somebody designated to that in our country. It looks like there will be two tracks on the North Island and one on the South Island. If a racing jurisdiction like New Zealand can have three new tracks, why can’t we? I would love to see one based here in Newmarket, one based somewhere round about Wetherby in the north and one not far from Newbury in the south. If we continue to get weather like we have at the moment all-weather tracks will come into their own as the ground never changes, which is good for both trainers and for punters, plus the maintenance of these tracks only require one man and a tractor rather than hordes of part-time helpers. It is a no brainer to me and let’s hope there is somebody in authority who thinks the same.

Back at the yard 

The lady who looks after the jockey’s canteen at Lingfield has come up with a great idea, which is already paying dividends. A swear box. She has just presented the Injured Jockey’s Fund with £246 and the box is still in play. It ought to be in every canteen in the country. The craic in the weighing room is marvellous and the language can sometimes get quite fruity so the lady in question should be congratulated on her initiative.