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It's an absolute scorcher today

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

"Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it worthwhile."


Working on the watered gallop

It’s the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures supposedly going to be over 90 degrees by midday. We have had all the horses out using the watered gallop and Hamilton Hill as quickly as we could, getting them worked and then washed down and in the cool of their boxes. It has not been a great morning as one of them split a pastern at first lot and was taken to the hospital in the brilliant new transport we have on the heath. The floor of the trailer goes flat using hydraulics and it is much better for the horse not having to walk up the ramp with an injury like this, in fact any injury. We are so very lucky being in Newmarket where the normal vet was there within minutes, the transport was there within ten minutes and they are in the hospital and x-rayed within half an hour. It is far better than the NHS, but unfortunately these injuries do cost money, but what a service it is. For those owners that are wondering which horse it was, don’t worry it was one of mine.

The new horse ambulance

There’s a double page spread in the Racing Post today on the authorised betting partner policy of the racecourses and how it is, at present, playing out. With the big four bookmakers refusing to sign up, Betfred, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Corals, there are a lot of races that have been either re-sponsored or looking for new ones. The bookmakers are looking to sponsor more in other sports and are using this as a lever, but the racecourses have got to stand firm. There are many companies that have signed up to the scheme and there are plenty of positives for both parties. As the chief executive of the Jockey Club says "we knew it was absolutely the right thing to do for the sport".  The big four will shout and scream, but the sooner they get into a dialogue with the powers that be and sort the mater out, the better it will be for all, especially for them.

The men's 100 metre final at the recent racing staff sports day.

There have been a couple of articles in the Racing Post this week. Yesterday’s was ‘so you want to be a stallion master’, i.e., a stud that has stallions, and todays is ‘so you want to be a bloodstock agent’. There are three more ‘so you want to be’ to come this week and I just hope they are more entertaining than the first two. Both have been written with the information coming from undisclosed sources and both have said you have got to keep taking big risks. I await the other three with interest.


It looks like we are in for a warm spell

Monday, 18 July 2016

"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."

 Vincent Van Gogh.

Cantering up Hamilton Hill in the sun

It’s a glorious morning and it looks like we are in for three or four days of constant sunshine, which is coming up from continental Europe. Who needs to go on holiday when you have weather like this? With all the rain we have had over the last few months, I am sure we are in for at least a month of good weather and faster ground. We have kept the horses close to home on Hamilton Hill this morning with two canters for most of them. We also put Desert River into the stalls with his blanket on and all went well, so we will be getting the stalls test organised this week.

Velvet Voice and Astrosecret

There’s some very interesting reading in the Racing Post this morning. In the Monday’s jury column they asked the question on how racing is covered on the TV. Three jockeys and a trainer agreed with Mark Johnston that the concentration on the betting was boring and that more fun needed to be put back into the presentation. The only one who didn’t agree was the Ladbrokes man who seemed to think that it needed to be front and centre. Let’s wait and see now what happens.

Stan and Barry visiting on Saturday

It looks like the BHA are expecting quite a few appeals and referrals to arbitration on the many cases that came within the jurisdiction of the solicitor employed by the BHA and who sat on all the cases as an independent person. I just wish this whole matter would get cleared up and move on. We have got to have a disciplinary panel that have teeth. This needs to be sorted out quickly and with personnel that have no skeletons in their closets. I am sure Nick Rust will be very keen to get this into place as soon as possible.


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