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We have two runners today

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

"A virgin forest is where the hand of man has never set foot."


Velvet Voice and Stellekaya

It’s a still, warm morning and we have been doing a wide variety of exercises with the horses, galloping on the Cambridge Road polytrack at first lot, working on the Watered Gallop second lot, plus I schooled one at the Links over the small all-weather hurdles. Both the non-runners are in from yesterday so we were able to get on reasonably well and the ones we worked, apart from one little hiccup, went well.

Hold Firm and Budgie

We have two runners today, one at Yarmouth this afternoon and the other tonight at Lingfield. Our first runner is in the two-year-old fillies’ maiden at 2.15. Honey Blossom makes her debut with Joey Haynes aboard. This looks quite a competitive race and as usual, one or two of these would have had much more galloping then we would have. I am sure she will not be disgraced and it will be interesting to see how she goes. She is from a very good family and has shown me a bit at home on the gallops. Tonight we have a second outing with Clearance. He let himself down badly the first time, has since been gelded and has passed his stalls test with flying colours. I have thrown him a bit in the deep end again tonight with two or three of these with ability, but the outing will do him the world of good and although he will need further in time, he should not be disgraced tonight.


I see the Tote is putting up their deductions from their win and place pools and they are blaming the reform of the Levy for the increase. It is amazing how the bookmakers find excuses to do these things and as we said at the time, it was a major mistake to sell the Tote to a bookmaker. Why the racing industry couldn’t have bought it in-house then I don’t know. They had plenty of time to know the government was going to sell it, and the powers that be within our industry should have been organised. They are now seven years down the line and with the licence now open to all next year, they are going to start up in competition with the majority of racecourses now on board. 


We will be sending several runners out this week

Monday, 12 June 2017

"An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain – the equality of all men."

Ignazio Silone.

Trotting past the stands

It’s an overcast morning with a good breeze, so you need a jacket on when you are out on the heath. We are getting bursts of sunshine as well and it looks like staying this way all week. We have a couple of non-runners this morning staff wise, which drives you to distraction, but the ones that are in, have got on really well. Everything has had a very good exercise, mainly on Southfields Round and the Rubbing House. We will be having several runners this week, in fact nearly every day and although the races are very competitive, let’s hope we can have one or two hitting the winner’s enclosures.

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Clearance and Lost The Moon out at first lot

It was great to see the picture of George Baker on the front of the Racing Post today when he visited Goodwood for the first time since his accident. George is a very genuine and likeable person, and he will be determined to get himself back as quickly as possible. However, with the type of injury he had, it will take time and everything needs to settle back and reset itself. Everybody wishes him well as he is a top class jockey and would undoubtedly be one of the contenders for champion jockey if he could ride at a lower weight.

Rum Ration after second lot

There is an interesting article from Lee Mottershead today talking about the careless and improper riding rules and how they must be enforced properly. I have been commenting on this over the last month in that jockeys seem to be getting off with careless riding penalties rather than improper riding penalties. The BHA must sort this out and not pamper to the jockeys association or to the so called fashionable jockeys. There will be a very bad accident if the jockeys don’t understand what the penalties are.

The other issue is the Qatar question with the many Gulf States putting pressure on them not to support extremists. We have welcomed them with open arms to our industry and they have put a lot of money in to all aspects, whether it is horses, sponsorship or property. I am sure we don’t know the extent of what is going on there, but it will be interesting to watch how this issue develops.


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