Derby 2016 entries
Thursday, 11 December 2014
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings."
Cantering on Warren Hill
It's a very dark morning with bands of heavy rain which seem to last for about fifteen minutes at frequent intervals. We were lucky at both first and second lot to find longer gaps which enabled us to get out and back without getting completely soaked. We have had a busy week exercise wise and today we have just been doing one canter up Bury Hill polytracks. Hopefully we shall have a runner tomorrow if the ground doesn't go heavy at Doncaster.
There is an interesting article today on gastric ulcers in the racehorse with all the pro's and con's for using the medication and why the BHA still bans it on racedays. It's very worth while reading, but in a nutshell there are some horses that can suffer from ulcers and the medication you give to them has to be out of their system for at least five days before they can run. I don't have any issues whatsoever with this ruling and cannot understand why people have a problem with it. All trainers are required to keep a medical record book of what treatments their horses have. So if this is kept up to date, as it should be, and the withdrawal time is adhered to there should never be any difficulty.
Legal Art walking out to exercise
The first entries for the 2016 Derby are published today which costs £500 at the entry stage. There is nothing more to pay until the spring of that year. There is a later supplementary entry which costs considerabley more, and looking at the entries it once again tells it's own story in that three or four owners have nearly 90% of the entries. We have one with the Nayef /Seasonal Blossom colt who is an absolutely cracking horse. Let's hope he can line up in June 2016.
Prize money issues
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
"The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears."
John Vance Cheney.
Prayer Time (Ali) and below his sire, Pastoral Pursuits, with stallion man Paddy.
It is a very windy morning with plenty of cloud but as yet no rain. We have had both Jimmy Quinn in to ride work on the flat horses and Joe Ackehurst to school the hurdlers, so it has been a busy old morning. Joe has just told me that he is going to revert back to amateur rider status which I think is a very good idea as he will be tremendously helpful on the flat next season.
Malcolm and Max Franklin looking at Intello at Cheveley Park and below Aussie Rules at Lanwades Stud
There is an announcement in the Post today about minimum race values with the top races going up by £5,000 and the lower races, the class 6 types, increasing by only £500. Once again the powers that be have not a clue as to how everybody is trying to make a living. Those at the top certainly don't need a rise but the middle to lower sections need a big boost in prize money. It's common sense that if prize money was better more owners would be attracted, the horse population would rise and the races would fill. This is another example of the regulators being in their own cocoon rather than being in the real world, and it is so disappointing as it will be another year or two before they look at this position again.
Richard Marriott with Sea The Moon, his chosen stallion for Battery Power
I was very pleased to see that at last night's Gimcrack dinner Richard Lancaster, who represents Hamdan Al Maktoum the owner of the winner and therefore asked to give the speech, stated the fact that financial rewards available to owners and breeders must be sufficient to justify their committment. He also stated that prize money was the most important issue and not the field size. He confirmed that prize money would encourage owners to make the financial committment to own and breed racehorses. How right he is.
The great Frankel at Juddmonte
We had a very interesting day on Monday looking at stallions and, while some were still away in the southern hemisphere, we saw a great variety. Although some were out of our budget you can still compare them at whatever price. We have started to get organised for next year as we have around eighteen mares to cover.
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