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We worked on the Cambridge Road today

Friday, 20 November 2015

"Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."

Thomas J. Watson.

Ixchell and Hold Firm

It’s just starting to get slightly colder this morning, but no rain and no wind. However, after hearing the forecast on my way into the yard first thing, I fear the worst for the weekend. Cold and wind and even snow is forecast. It sounds like we will all have to get our coats out tomorrow. We worked a few on the Cambridge Road polytrack where all went well and the rest have been cantering on the Rubbing House and Hamilton Hill tracks.

Humphry Repton and Peeps

There’s a big article today in the Racing Post on what is behind the drop in ratings on Channel 4. The main article by Lee Mottershead doesn’t come up with anything, it is just a waffle about nothing. The reporter’s piece on what David Redvers and Qipco think is more to the point, and as David says it is now a complete yawn and seems to be entirely devoted to betting. We have constantly said it on this website that we need more characters who know what they are talking about, i.e. professional industry personnel, who understand the horses. We have not got a Johnny Francombe who can enlighten us anymore, or actually tell it as it is. In my opinion it needs to go back onto either the BBC or ITV with a big change of presenters and the emphasis on the horses and people involved, rather than on the betting site. I suppose channel 4 were obliged to push the gambling side as they were raking in fortunes from the adverts, which were a constant turn off.

Second lot in the trotting ring

I mentioned Ascot appearance money over a month ago and said it would be a waste of time, better to put that money into something else. Their first appearance money race has only attracted four runners so it definitely hasn’t worked there. I know it is early days but I am sure it will be one of those publicised items which will just die a quiet death.

Cat Island

Our third retired horse of the week is Cat Island. She always showed a lot more at home than she ever did on the track, but has found a very good home. She is another that is shown starring in her new role.


It's time to get the winter clothing out

Thursday, 19 November 2015

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive."

Anaïs Nin.

Morning stables and the horses are all looking over their doors

It’s a bit colder this morning, but thank goodness the wind has died down. It was still howling when I put the dog out last night and I thought there was going to be some more damage, but it must have blown itself out quite quickly. It looks like we are in for a very cold spell with the wind coming down from the arctic at the weekend. It sounds like my over trousers and big coat will have to come off the back of the door. We have had a very good morning so far, with everything doing two canters on Hamilton Hill and the yearlings are progressing very well.

First lot coming back in

There was a reception in the houses of parliament on Tuesday night for the British racing parliamentarians. Steve Harman the BHA chairman told the gathering, which included MP’s, peers and racing industry figures, that there would be huge job loses if the leakage of offshore money was not stopped and the 'Racing Right' brought in to replace the levy. He urged that this should be sorted out as quickly as possible as the industry is teetering on the edge of a cliff. He is very right in what he says and let’s hope everybody, and that includes the bookmakers, can see the sense in what he is saying and move forward together with us all as a whole industry, helping one another to survive and prosper.

Velvet Voice on the lunge lines

I have been doing the clipping this year and it has amazed me how good the horses have been. With the noise of the clippers, the different smells, there is always a few problems with certain horses and many in the past have had to be given a mild sedative to allow this process to happen. However, this year’s lot, or it may be because I have been doing it, have been absolutely brilliant. Last night I did Sing Me Sing Me, Sweeping Beauty and a big filly by Authorised out of Missouri. They all stood like lambs and were absolutely brilliant. It must be something to do with the trust and how they are handled from foaling. Long may it continue. 

Joe The Coat

Here's another picture of one of our old horses and one I always liked, but he never showed his true ability on the track. Joe The Coat has got a great home now as you can see from the picture.


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