There is a lot of cloud cover to start the day
Thursday, 20 April 2017
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out."
The sun rising through the trees
A cool wind greeted me this morning at just after 4 o’clock and it was very dark feeding as there is a good cloud cover. It is forecast to get a bit warmer today but, as yet, it is not showing any signs of it. We have had a good morning once again cantering wise and the horses are eating well and feeling well, although we have had a few with spots that have been treated with the normal application. It is not like the old fashioned ringworm, but it is annoying when it happens and you have got to keep on top of it as it can spread very quickly.
Cantering up Hamilton Hill
It looks like there is fun and games up at Musselburgh with the course being run by a consortium of people called The Lothian Racing Syndicates, with quite a few of the local councillors appointed to the board. The BHA has taken the situation quite seriously and has only issued the track a temporary licence, which expires at the end of June. I am sure that what it is all about will come out in the wash eventually, and let’s hope it doesn’t affect the tracks ability to put on racing.
I see the old jockey and how many times they can hit the horse rule is being discussed again today in the Racing Post, and for once the columnist, Steve Dennis, agrees with me and other racing professionals in that if the jockey over steps the number of hits he can give the horse, they should lose the race. As he says, if they take the wrong course, fail to weigh-in or remount, they are disqualified, so why this rule is only given a fine or days off is beyond me. It would only take one race to be changed for it to never happen again. I think it would be a marvellous idea and I would bring the number of strikes down to six inside the final furlong.
Walking home in the sun
The second night of the Craven Breeze-Up sales went barmy once again, with one horse making over £600,000 and many over £200,000. These people live in a completely different world to us, but good luck to the people who sold them.
Happy 90th Birthday to my mother
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
"A mother's love is forever."
Once again it's colder than yesterday and in fact early on there was a good ground frost and bands of rolling fog across the Heath. Both disappeared when the sun came up and it looks set to be another dry day. Both jockeys came in again this morning so we have been doing some good work on the Rubbing House and Round canters. All has gone well so far.
A very "Happy Birthday" to my brilliant Mum who is 90 today and still going as strong as ever. She is a really amazing lady whose life is always full of enjoyment. She is a great example to us all. She is without doubt the matriarch of the whole clan, and the majority of them will be congregating for her party.
We have still not received the European Commission's approval of the new Levy system, but the BHA still state that they remain confident of receiving it shortly. Whether the General Election called yesterday will cause problems we shall have to wait and see.
The Craven Breeze-Up had it's first half of lots sold last night with huge gains in all departments, and I think something like thirty horses made over £100,000 each. I know there will be one or two good horses come out of this sale but I wish somebody would do a study on what does actually happens in the long run with the whole catalogue. The two-year-old Excelebration colt above, Budgie, is for sale at a much more sensible price and is a lovely horse - see our "Horses For Sale" page for further details.
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