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We have one runner today at Southwell

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

"We lack resolve and blame fate, mistaking the drift for the tides."

Robert Brault.

The sunrise over Newmarket this morning

It’s a bitterly cold morning with a strong wind which is making it even worse. The forecast is for rain later - typical February weather. We have had a good morning so far with some fast work done on the Cambridge Road and good conditioning cantering closer to home. All riders who should be here are in and one of the yard staff, who has been off through illness, is back in as well. We have also had a new starter on the stud, but that has only slightly helped as we have had one off with illness there as well.

Ginger Lady

We have one runner today at the only meeting of the day. The two jump meetings have been abandoned, so the exotic surroundings of Southwell will be central to the racing world. Our runner, Velvet Voice, is in the first at 2.20, the mile and a half apprentice handicap. I am using Gary Mahon, an apprentice with Richard Hannon. We will have to see how he gets on. We have a bad draw, which doesn’t help things and it is the filly's first time on the fibresand. Her mother liked it though and we can be hopeful of a good run if she takes to it and gets lucky in the race.


Our overdue mares are getting bigger, but I think the cold weather is keeping them from foaling. It is amazing how nature works as I am sure they think they are not going to have them in this sort of weather. We have had one foal in the vets for a week, but it is hopefully going to come home today. He had a setback early on which required some constant care and we are so lucky to have the most brilliant vets in the world in Newmarket. There is 24 hour cover, both veterinary and nursing wise, and but for them, there would be so many more foals lost each year.


A cold morning with a hard frost

Monday, 12 February 2018

"Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer."


Walking to the start of the canter

It’s a very cold morning with a good hard frost. Thank goodness there is no wind though or it would be cutting you in half out on the heath. The forecast is for a couple of days of cold weather and then getting slightly warmer towards the end of the week. All the riders who should be in are in this morning, but we are still down on the yard staff and illness has been the main cause of this. Two good canters on the polytrack have been the exercise of the morning and all has gone well so far. It looks like we will be having a few runners right the way through the week.

On Hamilton Hill

I was delighted with both the fillies that ran at Chelmsford on Friday. Astrojewel wants quite a bit further but travelled well for a long way and didn’t finish far behind the principals. True Calling ran green in the early part of the race, as I expected she would, and then stayed on well to finish third. A very encouraging debut and both fillies have taken the race well and we can now look forward to the future.

Indian Red

I thought it was April 1st again this morning with the headlines on the front of the Post. I know I have been calling for a radical rethink on how our industry is run, but it certainly is not the team event which is being bandied about. The Shergar Cup wouldn’t be anything if it wasn’t for the enormous amount of free tickets given away and the bands on afterwards. In fact the prize money has gone down for the Shergar Cup year on year. This new concept is purely for the super-rich once again and does absolutely nothing for the industry, especially the middle to bottom tier who would have no say in it whatsoever. This is the second ridiculous idea after town centre racecourses. Why can’t these people come up with a sensible idea, one that benefits everybody not just a few?


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