The weather is set fair for the week
Monday, 08 September 2014
"Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true."
Hold Firm (Ali), Prayer Time (Farhan) and Astromajor (Reece)
We have a blue sky, no wind and the temperature is set to rise once the sun gets high in the sky, and it looks set fair to be like it most of the week. The south missed all the rain over the weekend but the northern tracks got a good dollop and are mainly good, good to soft at present. We have been out on Side Hill this morning having a good healthy exercise around the mile and a quarter polytrack. Everybody is in and all working well.
Crystal Pearl (Frankie), Astrodiamond (Abbie) and Lexi Grady Alice (Emelie)
I must make a comment once again, on the article that appeared in the Racing Post on Sunday about access to the Newmarket training grounds. I am speaking now as Chairman of the Newmarket Trainers Federation, which represents every trainer in the area. The facts are these, nothing, and I repeat, nothing has changed from the point of view of the publics viewing on the heath. Everybody is always welcome to park their car or walk up form the town and watch the horses training. They have always stood in safe areas and both public and trainers get on like a house on fire. There is plenty of banter between strings and viewers. Why this has blown up I don’t know. We must have safety at work for our members and the owners who are paying fees to train the horses. We all have permits to train, both nationally and from Jockey Club estates to use the heath in Newmarket. Safety at work is our priority, both for staff and horses. If you were watching Manchester United train you would have to stand in a restricted area, even if you could get there. It is the same thing with Newmarket, in fact Newmarket is much more accessible than any premiership football club. You just couldn’t walk into anybody’s business, into a factory, behind the scenes in a supermarket, it is just not the real world, so why this position has been taken by the Racing Post I am not sure. There is still the same accessibility to the training grounds there always was and let nobody say that is untrue.
It’s the yearling sales and the Horses In Training sale in the next couple of months and once again the Newmarket Horses In Training sale has come up trumps. A few years ago there was Makfi, who went on to win the 2000 guineas and on Saturday we saw G Force, who was snapped up for £25,000 in the Horses In Training sale win the Group 1 Haydock sprint. We will be attending all the sales and if anybody wants to buy a winner please get in touch.
Friday, 05 September 2014
"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
A very foggy morning and once again it was hard to see the horses until they were right on top of you. First lot were galloping on the Limekilns short grass gallop, and it was only the last fifty yards that you had a glimpse of them. I'm told by all the jockeys that there were no problems when out of view. It has taken until mid-morning for it to get a bit clearer. It looks set to stay dry for the next few days unfortunately as I am pretty desperate for rain to get some of the horses out on the track.
We have no entries until Tuesday of next week so it will be a very quiet weekend. In fact it gives Angie and I a chance to attend a wedding. One of my founder owners was Lady Nelson of Stafford and her grandaughter, Emma, is the bride this weekend. We all wish the Emma and Fred many congratulations and let's hope the sun shines for them.
There's a fantastic picture on the front of the Post this morning, and I think it could well be a contender for racing photo of the year. It was Laytown races yesterday and I forgot to mention they were on as I usually do. It is one of those places everybody should attend once in their lifetime. As the tide goes out the course is marked out, the horses and people arrive, and the dunes become the viewing area. Once it is all over the tide is back and you wouldn't know anything had happened. It is a great experience.
It always amazes me that jockeys fail to weigh in and we have just had another case in Ireland when an apprentice failed to do so after riding a winner. There is one simple solution they all weigh out, just make them all weigh in. To explain this further the jockeys have to weigh out in colours and tack before each race with the correct weight. But usually there will be a shout of, "First four only" by the clerk of the scales as they all troop back in after the race. Sometimes due to a long de-brief to owners and trainers there are stragglers who come back into the weighing room in dribs and drabs. Usually they ask the clerk of the scales, "First four only sir?" which is answered,"Yes", or occasionally, "No all weigh." I would think what has happened in this case, is that with the excitement of the winner the boy just forgot to weigh. The only solution is to all weigh back in every time.
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