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We really do need some rain

Thursday, 19 July 2018

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

First lot on Southfields Round

Everything is going very smoothly and I couldn’t be happier with the horses. They are all gleaming in the early morning sunshine. We have been cantering on Southfield Round polytrack once again, followed by Hamilton Hill. All has gone very well. I just wish we could get some rain, which would help the courses with their ground. It is very frustrating not to be having runners, but young horses can quite easily get jarred up and then once jarred, take a while to get over it. Patience is a big word in the training profession.

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(L) Melo Pearl and (R) Ginger Lady

It is great to see that Magners Irish Cider has become the new partner at the Cheltenham Festival and will have the Gold Cup named after them. I hope this is the start of an even bigger sponsorship package which will bring much needed prize money into the middle and lower ranges. I can never understand why we can’t get one big firm to sponsor all the number cloths on every track, which would mean their product would be advertised constantly on all the racing channels, something like Coca-Cola, or even Google for instance. It would then benefit the whole of the industry, not just a few elite winners. While I’m on about increasing prize money, another one of the bees in my bonnet is that every race should have a best turned prize out of a minimum value of £50. The staff love to win these and it would be very easy to initiate. So come on racecourse groups, get your act together. The publicity to the racecourses would do you nothing but good.

Crossing the road over to the Hamilton Hill

Page six and seven of the Post today makes sobering reading with articles on Ryan Hatch and George Baker. Both jockeys had crashing falls which has changed their lives forever. The Injured Jockey Fund and Racing Welfare, plus other racing charities, are doing a top class job giving them support as they come to terms with their lifestyle changes. We are very good as an industry in supporting our whole family and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that nobody ever sees. We wish both these two and the many other jockeys and staff in the industry who are reliliant on support all the best.


Southfields Round was the gallop of choice

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

"Spread your wings and let the fairy in your fly!"


Using the Southfields Round at first lot

Cantering round the bend

It’s another very good morning with the flag at full mast once again. It is overcast, much cooler and very pleasant for everybody to work in. We are still pulling out at 5.30 and are getting finished well before 11, which is good for both the horses and people. Southfields Round polytrack has been the main cantering ground. This track was completely refurbished about a month ago and is in perfect condition at present. You can go both ways on it at set times and the horses learn to settle very well. You can do plenty of long steady work, which is sometimes better than quick fast work.

Exercise complete

The BHA enquiry into inside information finished yesterday with the verdict due possibly on Friday. The Irish vet was very well represented and his QC pointed out all the holes in the case. It will be fascinating to see the outcome.

Back into the yard for a pick of grass

For those of you who know Des and Mariann who run Swordlestown Little Stud in Ireland, there is a great article on them both in the Thoroughbred Daily News. They have just put a horse into training with us and let’s hope she is as good as the last one I had for them, Theola.


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