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It's a damp morning

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

"Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future."

Robert Collyer.

Belle Bayeux

It’s a dank, cold, drizzly morning and we have got rain forecast on and off for most of the day. There is no wind though which is the one life saver as it is the wind that blows the cold through you. Southfields Round has been the exercise ground once again and all has gone well.


At this time of year we have got the yearlings in being broken which is always an exciting time. Most of the colts are ridden away now and the fillies have started to get their tack on and getting used to the long reins. It is like being at school in that each day they learn something new and eventually it becomes the norm. This year’s bunch are a good level lot, a good size, good conformation and very good movers. Let’s hope we can find another star or two amongst them. It is also the time of year we get the clippers out as the winter coats are growing fast and in Wendy we have somebody who really enjoys this job. She is very good at clipping and trimming and is a great asset in that department.

An overcast sky

Whatever you think of yesterday’s budget, and I think it wasn’t a bad one, the bookmakers seem to have got away with not being hit so hard with the machines decreasing stake not coming into force until October 2019. They have put the tax up on remote gaming duty, that is the tax paid by online operators on games of chance, i.e. roulette, but not as much as first thought so the bookmakers can breathe a sigh of relief. They have a very organised lobby in parliament and are always ahead of the game but are big tax payers and could be even bigger. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the years ahead.