Another fantastic weekend of racing
Friday, 07 October 2016
"Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."
Regal Galaxy and Bracken Brae at first light
It’s another very dark morning with no wind whatsoever and no rain in sight. This is very disappointing as there are a number of horses queuing up to run on the good to softer side, but the courses are declaring good to firm or faster. This is very unusual for this time of year and you only had to be at Chelmsford last night to see the maiden full of top class and well-bred horses, both in the two-year-old and three-year-old division. The demand for an all-weather track at Newmarket is very strong as it would cut costs dramatically for owners and I am sure the fields would always be full. I hope it doesn’t take years to come to fruition. I sent a couple of horses down the Watered Gallop this morning and the rest have cantered on the Rubbing House and Hamilton Hill polytracks.
Desert River leading Gee Sixty Six
Lost The Moon ran another sensible race without troubling the judge last night. She was much better behaved in the preliminaries and is beginning to learn what racing is about. She will hopefully get a handicap mark now and I think later on in the year can be competitive in her own grade. Sant’elia didn’t put any effort in whatsoever and will now visit the sales. She is big enough to make a jumper or a good ride for an amateur. Both of them won the best turned out, which is a credit to our staff, but it is winners we want and we will hopefully be getting back in that vein shortly.
Topalova and Stellekaya
I see the National Trainers Federation Chief Executive was stating the obvious when he said that a clamp down on foreign workers would hit our industry hard and more than most. We have got a major problem already with the recruitment of young British staff that don’t have any country or animal knowledge and if we cannot recruit from anywhere the problem will get far worse. The Chief Executive, along with the BHA and Horseman’s Group will have to impress on the government how reliant we are on these workers. We are similar to the vegetable growers in East Anglia, although that is more seasonal work and ours is all year round. It will be interesting to see how this whole situation is handled by the Home Secretary.
Richard making sure he has a good viewing position
There are a couple of articles on the gambling industry in the Racing Post today. One is where the Israeli government is considering a ban on horserace betting as well as outlawing video machines and other such things and the other article is on the gambling tax and the point of consumption tax which has gone to the European highest court. Both of these situations could mean a loss of revenue for our industry and the second one could have a major effect on moving forward on a sound financial footing.
Becky's horseshoes waiting to be hammered on
There is a great weekends racing here at Newmarket, starting today with the Group 1 fillies’ mile and a great supporting card. Tomorrow we have the Dewhurst and the Cesarewitch, plus three more group races. The ground here will be on the fast side which is very unusual once again for Newmarket. It is similar at York which also races today and tomorrow. The disappointing thing is it depletes the jockeys and the crowd will not get to see their favourites, especially in the north.
We have two runners tonight at Chelmsford
Thursday, 06 October 2016
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Walking to the start of the gallop at first lot
It started off much darker this morning when we pulled out at a quarter to seven and the days are really starting to get shorter both ends. We have been cantering very close to home on Hamilton Hill with two good heathy canters. Everything has been moving well and once again no coughers. I really think we are starting to get out of the mire at last.
We have two runners today both tonight at Chelmsford. Our first runner, Lost The Moon, is at 7.55 the mile and a quarter maiden. This looks quite a good maiden with every big trainer having runners and some very good pedigrees to boot. We ran much better last time, but I think she might have too much on her plate tonight against some of these. At least she will be handicapped, which will be the route we will be taking afterwards, but you never know.
Our other runner is Sant’elia in the 8.55. Her best run was here at this track but she has had all sorts of growing problems and we are now able, at last, to train her consistently. She is upped in trip a lot tonight, which should suit and let’s hope she can put up a good show.
Astrowizard leading Heavensfield on Hamilton Hill
It is good to see Hereford reopen once again and they are staging their first meeting for a few years after shutting down in 2012. It has been ticking over with a few Arab meetings and point to points I think. These courses like Fakenham, Sedgefield etc. are the centre of the community and are very well supported by all the locals. It was a shame it shut down in the first place and I think but for the problem with the housing planning permission it wouldn’t be reopening today. It is a shame Folkestone will not be going the same way as the planned housing development, which would have helped the track, was turned down by the council. The course is being used at the moment for construction traffic who are building a new lorry park by the M20. I think the local council want to build a new garden city of 12,000 homes and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the course being used as part of that development.
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