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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.


Storm Barney didn't cause to much upset

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

"Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later."

Dana Stewart Scott.

Comrade Bond on Southfields round

Storm Barney hit us last night with very high winds, but it has now died down and we have just got a good breeze. There was no rain with it and apart from a lot of small branches down on the stud and buckets blown about the yard, there has been very little damage. We have been doing just normal canters on Racecourse Side and although we had another non-runner staff wise this morning, all has gone reasonably well. Allan is getting on with the breaking and most of them have now been sat on.

The Aussie Rules ex Astrodiva yearling in the lunge pit

I see in an article today in the Racing Post that Julian Muscat is agreeing with me, that the Australian way of handling interference by jockeys, is a lot stronger than ours. The bans that both Frankie Dettori and Jamie Spencer got for their mistakes in the Melbourne Cup were much larger than for the dangerous manoeuvring from Andrea Atzeni, barging his way out in the St Leger. He says that the recklessness is simply not tolerated in other jurisdictions and he is so right with that comment. Maybe our stewards are waiting for a horse or a rider to be badly hurt, before they get to grips with this problem.

Astromoon enjoying her new job

As you know we always find good homes for our old horses and we are constantly monitoring them as to where they finish up. We encourage the new owner to send phots of them in their new homes and doing other equine disciplines. Today’s photo is of Astromoon, who as you can see is really enjoying her new life. They ROR’s (The Retraining of Racehorses) arm of the BHA has just had its awards ceremony and I was looking at the winners and the prizes. It looks to me that six of them got £2,500 each, along with their trophy. Just why this money has been given to these people I don’t understand, as I am sure £15,000 would have gone a long way to help the official centres, which do all the retraining. I think the whole issue of the Retraining Of Racehorses needs looking into as it is imperative that it is kept going. However, it needs to do all the right things and protect any vulnerable horses, so all the money it has should be going in that direction, not to the horses that are already in very good homes and doing well. 


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