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It really is quite chilly this morning

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

"A heart full of joy is better than a hand full of coins."

Matshona Dhliwayo.


It’s an overcast day once again with a good breeze and it is quite cold if you are out in the open. The horses have been using a mixture of polytracks this morning and all has gone well so far. I am pleased to say that I have been out with two or three lots and am starting to feel much better although not completely there yet.


It seems as if the BHA chairman debacle is starting to be sorted. As usual everybody will be kept in the dark as to what actually happened but it looks like Steve Harman will be working on behalf of the industry with the government to negotiate over the new proposed levy system. The new BHA chairman who will be selected in the next few months. In my opinion the whole of the BHA board do very little and are incognito most of the time. In fact what do they do? I don’t think anybody in the profession actually understand what this is.

Back of the stands from the Rubbing House canter

The build up to the Derby and Oaks continues and I am sure they will both be highly competitive. The ground will be a big factor no doubt and the clerk of the course will be doing his best to get ‘good’ in the ground if possible. Heavy watering followed a thunderstorm on top can change the going quickly, so I am sure he will be very aware of not overdoing it. It is a bit like the Cup Final as the race is starting to be lost in the increased number of fixtures we are having thrust upon us every year.


We used a variety of polytracks today

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

"Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passion. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody."

Benjamin Franklin.


Walking across to the Rubbing House canter

It’s a breezy morning and slightly overcast at present. We have a good lot of staff in today so we are getting on with the horses once again and using all the polytracks on Racecourse Side. I will be taking several bloods tonight just to check everything is in order and if so, we can start to have a lot more entries.


True Calling leading Astrobreeze and Ginger Lady, and below is Farne Odyssey


There are more negative headlines on the front of the Racing Post this morning with an Irish vet charged with passing inside information, allegedly allowing persons to lay a horse before the information was made public. If you look back through my blogs over the years you will see I was always against being able to lay horses to lose. I said it was the start of the slippery slope. Whether this charge will be proven or not we will find out when it goes to the inquiry stage. It is all bad publicity for the sport and anybody from the outside could be put off entering as an owner. Why we ever let this betting to lose come in I will never know.


Four Fifty Three

Next week’s Breakfast with the Stars, due to the ground at the moment, only has a couple of horses booked to gallop. This will be a big disappointment for Epsom, the press and public who will be attending. There have been several horses that have benefitted greatly from this exercise and it can only do the horses education good to have the experience of the unusual track before the big day. The Oaks day will not be quiet as busy as the Derby but the razzmatazz on Derby Day is something to experience.


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