Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner tomorrow at York

Friday, 24 May 2019

"Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others."

Mark Twain.

Velvet Voice

It’s a bright and very sunny day but there is a slight breeze which is at least keeping the temperature at a reasonable figure. Everybody is in and we are doing normal canters with all the horses using the polytracks close to home. We have had the heathmen out in force this morning counting all the horses. I think there is some suspicion from the Jockey Club that horse numbers are not as recorded on their monthly returns.

Receiving feedback

The runners yesterday were a bit mixed. I don’t think Velvet Vision had much of a chance when the race was run like it was. She will be far better with cut in the ground. Garrel Glen ran a very sound race and is obviously a high class filly who is improving but just needs to get a little bit stronger. I thought the jockey gave her a very good ride. Roof Garden was never in the right place and needs at least two furlongs further but hopefully will come down the handicap which will give him a much better chance once back on turf.

We have one runner at York tomorrow and depending on the ground I may have a jumper at Fontwell on Sunday. Our runner on Saturday is Break Cover who runs in the six furlong median auction stakes at 4.15. He is ready for this first run, will stay the trip and we will soon learn about the ground. We have been very pleased with his attitude and work at home so let’s hope he can show up well. If we run a jumper on Sunday it will be Babochoff, but I have still got to talk to the groundsman and make my mind up.

Pageant Master and Astroman

There is a very interesting article taken from Victor Chandler’s biography on why he moved to Gibraltar and all the pluses and minuses with that move. He has been followed there by all the major bookmaker chains. Interestingly there is another article in the Racing Post today that says Bet365 are moving from Gibraltar to Malta, or at least the majority of their business. They say it is to mitigate the impact of Brexit, but I would think it will all be to do with European law and taxation, especially when we are out of Europe. It will be interesting to see how many other firms will follow suit. The gambling industry has just gone mad the last two decades with everybody young and old betting on their phones and computers. The internet has plenty of advantages, but in this instance I am not so sure.


The sales record at Goffs Doncaster was broken yesterday when £620,000 was spent on a jumper, completely barmy in my opinion. If you have the money then it is entirely up to you what you do with it, but £620,000 on a jumper that could get a leg tomorrow and is a gelding, is a lot to outlay and risk. I don’t think any horse is worth more than £100,000, especially jumpers, as the injury rate is so high. However, we live in a very strange age of agents and the sales rings are still unregulated.