Don't forget the clocks go back this weekend ...


One runner today at Brighton

Thursday, 16 October 2014

"If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you

 think about it."

Mary Engelbreit

Singing Hinnie (Yaz) coming out of the indoor ride

It poured with rain once again last night. It started early evening and was still going strong when I put the dog out at 10 o’clock. It is overcast today but still very warm for this time of year. We have been out with the older horses on Long Hill grass, which is taking this rain amazingly well and as usual the two-year-olds are just walking in the indoor ride. We had a very good set of temperatures this morning, all but two of them were nearly normal, but walking will be their exercise, certainly until the middle of next week.

Astrowolf (Jessica)

We have one runner today at Brighton. Comrade Bond runs in the 7f race at 4.40. He has had very little racing this year, purely because of the ground, but now it has gone very soft which he should handle. His blood was good last night, but so was Topamichi’s and he stopped like he was shot at the furlong pole, so we will have to see how he runs today. He has been moving as well as I have seen him for a long time at home and we must be reasonably hopeful of a good run.

Walking back to the yard

It is very sad to see the deaths recently of several jockeys worldwide, two in Australia and one in America. Tony McCoy is at present sidelined with a suspected collarbone injury and many jockeys have horrendous falls. I think I am right in saying that our sport is the only one that an ambulance follows and these incidents can happen at any time, especially when fields are ridden very close up. I have always thought, and there ought to be some research done into it and education should be compulsory, to learn how to fall. They have a special horse at the British Racing School which can simulate falls and budding jockeys, and even fully fledged jockeys, should have mandatory training on this machine. 


We are hopefully on the mend

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate

 that falls on man unless they act."

G.K. Chesteton.

Astrodiamond (Yaz)

It’s a warm morning, very unusual for this time of the year. This temperature was forecast and it should last a couple of days, but there is plenty more rain on its way. We have had a quiet morning cantering up the hill on the grass with the older horses and once again the two-year-olds have just walked around the indoor ride. Their temperatures are beginning to stabilise, but they are being filled with antibiotics on a daily basis and it should be starting to make them feel a little bit better. There will be no rush to get them back as that can do more harm than good. We will continue to monitor the older horses with blood tests if they are to run.

Comrade Bond (Sophie)

Topamichi did everything right yesterday, moved into contention perfectly but failed to pick up as expected and although his blood test was fine, you just have it in the back of your mind that there could be something on them. It is typical of a horse that is not right to fall in a heap at the furlong pole, which is what he did. I may run a couple more at the weekend but we will be very careful and if they run similarly, shutting up shop will be the order of the day.

Walking home after exercise

I can’t believe this thing with the jockeys who get banned in Dubai.  They get fined huge amounts and get put on the forfeits list, but are allowed to run in Britain with the Emirate authority not seeking the BHA to ban them here. It is just like saying you can be sent off in a football match and banned for four matches, but you can play in France and Germany who don’t recognise the FA’s jurisdiction. If you are signed up to the rules, any decision should be upheld by everybody. These fines do look out of all proportion and the situation needs looking into, but I still think it is a stupid situation for everybody to be in.


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