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We worked on the Peat Moss turf gallop

Friday, 21 September 2018

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

C.S. Lewis.

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Working on the Peat Moss turf

After a very windy night and also quite wet, it is now bright sunshine and the temperature has kept up well. I think it is doing what I said it was going to do yesterday, sunshine and showers with plenty of wind. It has certainly caused a bit of havoc at the stud. With a few branches down one of the weanlings managed to jump out of her paddock into another one. She just had a few minor cuts and bruises, but was quite worried about the whole situation and you can’t blame her.

Everybody is in and we have been working some two-year-olds on the Peat Moss turf, which was riding absolutely perfectly once again. All has gone well and with Louis Steward in there was plenty of chat amongst the lads.

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(L-R) Astroblaze, Astrosparkle, Melo Pearl and Velvet Vista

I see Labour are planning to ban ‘bookies ads’ on the TV when sport is on and although I don’t agree with their thoughts on many things, I am sure in this instance they have got a case. The only ads you ever see when any sport is on is about betting and in my mind it certainly needs to be regulated. As I have said during the week, the bookmakers are now into a Wild West situation and you only have to read today’s article on professional punters to see how the gambling world is changing. Tom Kerr in his article seems to think on course bookmakers will disappear, similar to how Hansom Cabs have done. This will certainly make going racing less colourful and exciting. I hope he is wrong but fear he may not be.

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Rosie Scot

All the BHA seems to want to do is have more and more fixtures, evenings, weekends all at the worse time when the staff don’t want to go. The other major problem is that our road network is just in freefall and there are constant closures everywhere you go, especially after 8 o’clock at night. There is no common sense used at all but the racecourses and the BHA don’t seem to care as long as the bookmakers are being looked after, not the poor ones on course though, just the internet ones who are sitting in their warm offices doing nothing. We need somebody with some grit at the top of our sport who actually understands it and how it all works, but it seems to me that we haven’t got that person. I read about other industry’s having robots run their factories and what the future holds, but horse racing is very unlike that and is very staff orientated, but we will alienate them quicker than we are doing if we don’t sort the problems out. Too much racing is the major issue.

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The sky over Newmarket at first lot

I see the Irish have got a major increase in their positive tests on the racecourses. They are saying there is no evidence of systematic doping. I just think that they are so far behind us in their regulations and since the new vet has arrived she is starting to get on top of what has been happening for years. In England we are required to keep medical books of everything any horse has had. We keep samples of feeds and samples of everything so if something does happen you have got the evidence. I have said it before and I will say it again, horse racing must be a level playing field or the breed as we know it will weaken very quickly.

 

Autumn is here

Thursday, 20 September 2018

"Autumn is the season of change."

Taoist proverb.

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Roof Garden

It was raining as I drove in in the dark this morning and I think we have had just over 5 mls which will have freshened the ground up and stopped me watering the pots in the yard. It has cleared now but there is still plenty of cloud about, and it looks to me as if autumn is on its way. A good morning with the horses once again with everybody in and all working well.

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Pageant Master pulled out

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... and cantering on Hamilton Hill

Our runner yesterday ran with great credit on ground that I was not too sure about. She will have benefitted enormously from the whole experience and will be much more competitive next time. The clerk of the course and the ground staff have done a tremendous job with the course and deserve all the plaudits they receive. All other racecourse personnel should go and have a look at the Yarmouth ground as the clerk keeps the grass a good length and certainly does not over water.

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Astrosparkle

I see there was a bit of aggro about the accomodation for stable staff at Bevereley. I'm pleased it made headlines in the Racing Post as the stables and the lads' accomodation always seem low down on the list of priorities for racecourse improvements. The racecourse money goes mainly to the customers' requirements, but you can't do anything without the "actors" and the staff, and they are without doubt the ones that need careful attention.

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Velvet Vision



 
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