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Government Decision

Thursday, 17 May 2018

"The trouble with not having a goal is that you spend your life running up and down the field and never score."

Bill Copeland.


A perfect morning in Newmarket

It is a breezy, beautiful day here and it looks set fair for the next few days. It is just a normal cantering morning with plenty of people in once again. The horses are having a good pick of grass afterwards in the sunshine.

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Wajid preparing to pull out and leaving the yard

The big news this morning is that the government has dramatically reduced the amount per spin on the fixed odds betting terminals in the betting shops - that's fruit machines to you and me. There has been so much talk on both sides for the last year or so. The bookmakers have said it will cause thousands of shops to shut, which would be a big loss to our industry. In my opinion, not that I am privy to the bookmakers inside information, I don't think it will be as drastic as they have made out. With the Tote situation about to explode in the next few months our finaces will be interesting to say the least


Diverting with her Nathaniel filly

I read with interest and  wonderment that the Spelthorne Borough Council local planning document says that Kempton Park Racecourse is one of their largest visitor attractions. Well, none of their members can possibly have gone to Kempton Park other than on one day of the year i.e. Boxing Day, as every other day it is completely empty with only the owners and trainers and a few bookmakers attending.


Jewelled with her Ruler of the World filly and on the right Brushing's Sixties Icon colt


Sunshine and showers today

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future."

Gail Lumet Buckley.

Ginger Lady leading Garrel Glen, Melo Pearl and Belle Bayeux

It’s a mixed day weather wise with sunshine and showers. There is also a cool breeze. We are using the polytracks close to home this morning and with plenty of people in we are getting on well with all the horses. We have been doing two canters with the first three lots and the remainder have been going up Hamilton Hill just the once.

Astrobreeze ready for exercise

.. and cantering on Hamilton Hill

Four Fifty Three was never in the right position at any stage yesterday and couldn’t get involved. I think the track was a big surprise to him, but he will have learnt something. He seems to have come out of the race well this morning.


I can’t quite agree with the ITV sports director who thinks he will attract a bigger audience if they cut the jargon. I don’t know what kind of sports director he is, or what sport he follows, but every sport has its own jargon, whether it is football, cricket, darts or croquet and that is what attracts people to the game. People like intrigue and the feeling of being in the know. If the TV Company’s want to dumb down everything I feel it is the wrong way to go.


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