Onwards and upwards ...

We have three runners today at Yarmouth

Thursday, 13 June 2019

"Gratitude is the best attitude."


Cantering on Racecourse Side

Isaac Murphy

We have a very similar day to yesterday in that it’s wet, quite windy and looks like being set for the day. It is not pouring down, just a steady drizzle in the wind. It’s amazing that the ground at Newmarket can take so much rain. I was walking across the heath this morning and the ground is certainly a long way from being soft. The water soon goes through the chalk. Before we know it the weather will dry up and we will have fast ground once again in the not too distant future. It’s a very busy morning with plenty of activity in the yard. Quite a few horses have been cantering before we sent two horseboxes off to Yarmouth. Everything has gone well so far.

Ness Of Brodgar

Our runner yesterday was given a very good ride. She jumped really well, but I think is not very quick. She has been quite disappointing since her one good run on the flat at Lingfield and it’s time to have to have a good think about her future.

We have three runners today as racing does go ahead at Yarmouth after a morning’s inspection. The ground will be heavy and there are sure to be plenty of non-runners. Our first runner is Velvet Vista at 3.25. We have fitted her with blinkers today just to concentrate her mind. She has the ability to get involved but is one of those fillies’ that come in and out of season and, because we now cannot use anything to help her, it is a little bit of guess work as to how she will run. Our next runner is Velvet Vision in the 3.55. She didn’t get the best of rides last time at Goodwood and I think, back over a trip that should suit her and ground which I think she will like, she must have a chance of getting seriously involved today. Our last runner is Pageant Master in the 5.05. The trip should suit and this is an ideal race for him if he handles the conditions. They may all come over stand side but we will have to see what happens, but hopefully all three should run with credit.


There is plenty to read in the Racing Post today. There’s a piece on the new Racecourse Association’s chief executive and what his thoughts are, plus Bill Barber’s own insight into what is happening. The new Racecourse Association chairman seems to think it is madness that the horsemen want fewer fixtures. There are always two sides to every story but for as long as I can remember there has only been one winner, and it is about time that we started to sort the whole industry out. There is also a very good article by David Redvers of Tweenhills on his website. He was stating the obvious that British racing is held together by a few wealthy individuals who, if one or two of them decide to change tack, could alter the whole industry. As David says the BHA, Weatherbys, the racecourses and bookmakers all rely on these individuals to finance their businesses. At the moment, with prize money decreasing and no sign of any help from anybody, we are starting to be on a slippery slope. It shouldn’t be like this as the Australians are just booming, plus, you only have to watch racing in Hong Kong and Singapore to see what can be done. I even think racing in Morocco is on the up as well, or so I am told.