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We have two runners today at Chelmsford

Thursday, 12 October 2017

"Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart."

Gene Tunney.

First lot working Across The Flat

It’s a dry morning and we had a real red sky at dawn. There is very little wind as well, which is helping the temperature. I have been working Across The Flat on the turf with two lots of horses. Everything went smoothly and as I expected. We have got a full complement of staff at present so the flag was flying.

Red sky

We have two runners today both at Chelmsford this evening. Our first runner is Koin at 5.45 in the 7f claimer. She has shown nothing to date in three outings, but I just can’t believe that she is as bad as her runs. The blinkers will galvanise her and David Egan, who is riding really well, gets 3lbs off her back. There used to be a lot of claimers and sellers, but they have been dying out of late, which is a disappointment, as they are a good race for people to drop horses into. This is a claimer for any horse to be claimed for £20,000 or less and you handicap your own horse by putting it is for a lesser claim. There are several horses here that were bought or bought back around the £50,000 mark, so this is a big drop in value for them. It just goes to show how these very silly prices at the sales are putting normal owners off entering the sport.

Our other runner is Gee Sixty Six in the last at 9.15. He is not without a chance if he settles, is drawn well in two, and I am hoping for a reasonable run tonight.

Second lot of workers

Following on from yesterday’s comment about the claims of malpractices in the sales ring, there is a double page spread in the Racing Post today on the subject. I have been at the sales all week and the prices have been ridiculously high for the amount of prize money we are racing for. That said the vast majority of the horses have been bought by people that money doesn’t mean anything to, in that the oil rich sheikhs and big conglomerates have got never ending pockets. However, this situation doesn’t do any good, or encourage anybody looking in from the outside, as the normal owner would not understand how the market is being manipulated. I managed to buy a cracking horse yesterday for £28,000 and that is the right sort of money to pay for a new owner entering the fray. It can be done, but you have to be very selective and know what you are doing. I think that sales companies could have a lot more clarification as to who owns and buys the majority of the horses.


Showers are blowing through

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

"All emotion is involuntary when genuine."

Mark Twain.

Astrofire on Hamilton Hill

It’s a coolish start and we have had some showers of rain which have blown across quite quickly. It could stay like it for most of the day. Everybody is in who should be in this morning and all going well so far. I have been very busy up at the sales, along with Angie, and as yet we have not bought anything as the trade has been unbelievably strong. Whether that is all genuine or not is debatable, but there are certainly a few people to who money cannot mean anything.

Tim, the assistant trainer, giving instructions

Our two runners ran very similarly yesterday. Astrobreeze ran a sound race on her debut, on a course and ground that wouldn’t particularly suit and if the jockey had ridden with a bit of brain, would have finished a lot closer. When the ground is soft at Brighton they always come stands side, which is much faster ground, but for some unknown reason, only known to him, he went up the middle. Clearance was slowly away and stayed on once his chance had gone. He definitely needs a mile and six plus and better ground, but he is genuine and I will find him a race in the not too distant future.

Ginger Lady

I see the BHA are going to have meetings about the integrity of the sales and the buying and selling of racehorses. This initiative will be a good thing as we certainly need new owners to come into the game at all levels, whether it is a £5,000 yearling or a million pound horse. The integrity and genuineness of sales must be of paramount importance. It will be interesting to see what the outcome is.


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