Onwards and upwards ...

We have one runner today at Wolverhampton

Monday, 03 June 2019

"Some secrets are fires so scorching, the only way to quench the burn is to tell someone."

Terry Guillemets.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill

It’s a bit cooler this morning after a very warm and muggy weekend. We have some showers forecast and then a period of unsettled weather is expected for the rest of the week. I just hope we get some proper rain. The horses have been cantering close to home on Hamilton Hill and we have had plenty out before the boys go off racing to Wolverhampton tonight. We have now started to get away from the part-time riders situation and are getting full time employees which seems to suit our system better.


Babochoff, our runner on Saturday, got very dehydrated after the race and had to be attended to by the vet in the stables. He was very wobbly and had to have a period of time before he could travel back home. It was a very warm day and for a horse only having his second run it was a bit much to take in all the razzmatazz of Worcester on ladies day. I must say it was a completely unorganised day, absolutely no traffic control, before or afterwards, and anybody who knows Worcester will understand the problems of getting out of the course. You would have thought they could have afforded some stewards on the roads directing the traffic, but silly me, it is an Arc course so there is no hope of that.

We have one runner tonight at Wolverhampton. Roof Garden runs in the one mile one and a half furlong handicap at 7.45. He was a bit unlucky last time out at Chelmsford and this is his first appearance on the Tapeta which I hope he will take to. The trip will suit, he is drawn ok in five and we must be in with a shout tonight. Let’s certainly hope so as everybody is working so hard and we just need our luck to change.

Belle Bayeux

There’s an amazing little article in the Racing Post today on the Hong Kong reigning jockey Zac Purton. The Australian has broken the prize money record for a single season. It brought his total prize money won this year to £20,968, 805 and with 11 meeting still to go, it will take some doing to break that in the future. The most one of our jockeys won last year was £6m, a long way behind this fantastically financed racing jurisdiction. What an example Hong Kong racing is to the rest of the world in so many respects. With the prize money as it is you have new owners queuing up to get involved. Everything is paid through the Jockey Club and the races are scrutinised by brilliant stewarding. They have expanded into China with a new racing and training complex and if China ever does come on stream with some sort of gambling, anybody with half a brain should be moving out there as quickly as possible, especially the young.

Maintaining the gallops

What a stallion Galileo is and how brilliant he and the whole of the Coolmore stud has been managed by John Magnier and his friends. They are light years ahead of everybody else with every horse in our Derby having some connection to Galileo, even the winner of the French Derby yesterday was out of a Galileo mare. The obsession our British industry has got with speed is crackers, we must encourage more breeding of stayers. As John Magnier and Frederico Tessio know and understand, the most important piece of wood at Epsom is the winning post of the Derby. First past that and you have the best horse in the world, plus you have a chance in the breeding world.