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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith."

Mary Manin Morrissey.

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The new foal has her jacket on and is ready to go out in the paddock

It’s a very bright and cold frosty morning so if we get any snow, which the forecasters tell us we will this afternoon and tonight, it certainly will settle as the ground is starting to get pretty solid. I’m not sure how much we will get though, if we actually get any, but we are expected to get some for the next few days. We are a bit short on the ground rider wise but we are getting on well and using the polytracks for all the cantering work. It is only January and I am very happy with the condition of the horses at present. At this time of year it is all about conditioning work and getting the freshness out of them before faster work commences towards the end of February / March.

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Astrosecret being a very protective mother

There are headlines once again on the front of the Racing Post about the rise in equine fatalities. Well, if they want to keep shooting themselves in the foot keep publishing these figures. The BHA has absolutely no idea about horses and what can happen. If you turned out all the horses in training into a field, there would be far more fatalities than there is on the track. But, saying that there are things that can be done, and should be done, to avoid public opinion increasingly getting more hostile.

  1. The whip rule should be simplified and made clear to all.
  2. The watering of courses should be regulated better.
  3. Any horse that has had injections into its joints and knees, or had any other major veterinary work, should not be allowed to run for a minimum of two months. That would make trainers be trainers rather than the vets be the trainer.
  4. Far less fixtures.
  5. A big increase in prize money so that horses are not having to run as many times.
  6. Move the BHA out of London and employ only people who understand horses and have some common sense.

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Just some of the geese at the stud

It was interesting to see once again the big money Pegasus fixture in USA give a 7lb weight allowance if the horses didn’t run on Lasix. In the big race itself not one took up this offer. Until we get the drug situation sorted out in these countries, there will never be a level playing field so why we have the world’s best racehorses classification is beyond me. We could have one for drug free countries and one for the others.