A good work morning
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
"Home is not where you live but where they understand you."
Blue Bounty (Joe) Peeps (Ted Durcan) Astrocat (John) and Lexi Grady Alice (Emilie)
It’s an overcast morning but very close and it feels like we will have some thunderstorms in the not too distant future. We have been galloping horses across the flat this morning, which was remarkably good fast ground after all the rain we have had. Ted Durcan and Joe Akehurst were riding out for us and we managed to get some good work into several of the horses. It is great to get the feedback and we are progressing well.
Hold Firm (Ted Durcan) and Prayer Time (Emilie) working
I see both Chelmsford City (Great Leighs) and Newcastle have been granted all-weather fixtures in 2015. I just hope this is not the tip of the iceberg with all-weather racing taking over the world. Most of it is so boring and puts off people in droves. I suppose it is down to prize money once again but the courses don’t like to put on good races as there are so many bad horses to fill up the poor races they do put on. It just seems amazing to me that we have gone down this line for so long, with no forward thinking right from the beginning. The trainers in the north have always been at a major disadvantage with no all-weather tracks, and if anybody had had any brains at all, we would have had a spread of all-weather tracks right from the beginning. Now we are getting everybody applying without any thought. It is typical of people who run our industry and I am sure the ones in situ now, will soon be disappearing to pastures new, with not a backward thought for us.
View across the flat gallops on racecourse side
It was very sad to see that old Vintage Crop has died at age 27. He had been the first European trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, and what an achievement that was. He really put it up to the Aussies and they couldn’t believe how a horse from Europe could beat them in their own back yard. Unlike our country, who now give big subsidies to overseas visitors who come and run at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, our runners do not get a penny towards our travelling. That is not to say that they do not look after us very well when we get there, but a level playing field in regards to travelling will be beneficial to both jurisdictions.
All the horses are fresh and well
Monday, 14 July 2014
"Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see."
George W. Russell.
Blue Bounty (Heather) leading Hold Firm (Tom) and Prayer Time (Emilie)
After all the rain we have had for the last four or five days, it is quite nice to have a bright sunny morning. The temperature is just a perfect working one, although looking at the paper this morning it said that England was going to be warmer than Barbados. We have been out cantering on Warren Hill and then round Side Hill and although Warren Hill was quite busy with strings going everywhere, all went to plan. The horses are fresh and well and typical of a Monday morning when they have had a day off on a Sunday, they were jumping and kicking round the school in their pre-canter trots.
Lexi Grady Alice (Heather)
Our runner yesterday was slightly disappointing. He travelled and jumped well for a long way, but when asked to quicken up and get involved, he found very little. Maybe we ought to go right handed with him in future, as some horses jump and gallop better going one way or the other. I will be looking for some right handed tracks for him from now on.
There is still plenty of chat about the big Saturday meetings that have just gone on. Unfortunately none of the racecourses will want to change their fixtures and I can feel this matter continuing on for another few years yet. The only chance we ever have is if we had centralised race planning, which I always advocated and have been bashing on about for years. However, the racecourses now have control of these fixtures and just purely do it to suit them, which is what has happened with the weekends jumble.
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