We have one runner tonight at Ripon
Thursday, 19 May 2016
"Hold a true friend with both your hands."
Prayer Time and Careless Rapture
It’s an overcast day with the temperature set to increase as the day goes on and I think there is a threat of some rain towards evening. We have had a busy day with horses though the stalls, horses cantering and a runner tonight at Ripon. We have already had a bit of excitement with one of the stall handlers being carted off to hospital after being crushed against the side of the stalls. I will keep you informed as to his progress, but the one thing I can say is that there was an unbelievable response from the ambulance service with at least eight people attending the incident and they arrived very quickly. I think it is a case of bruised or broken ribs which should heal ok. The horses have been cantering on Hamilton Hill and so far so good.
Gee Sixty Six, Authorized ex Four Miracles and Sir Percy ex Missouri
We have one runner today. Tonight at Ripon Dot Green runs in the one mile two furlong fillies’ maiden. This looks a perfect opportunity for her to get off the mark and should be a stepping stone to better things.
Passing strings on Hamilton Hill
I see there is a big debate about media rights and payment to racecourses today. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t know about and the racecourses certainly receive the majority of the money. I am sure over the next few years these rights will increase and let’s hope we can get a big chunk of it going back into prize money. It is surely needed.
Visit Market Rasen
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
"A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."
Olly and Dan on a recent visit to the yard
It's an overcast morning with a threat of rain which I think will reach us at lunchtime or this afternoon. We have had a normal cantering morning which has gone well so far and I have had a couple of tricky stalls horses being put through their paces at 5 to 7. Both fillies started to get the idea much better and they certainly are not frightened of the stalls just having teenage tantrums. We shall be doing the same tomorrow with them and, if all goes well and improvement continues, we can put one forward for it's stalls test and the other one can be entered to run.
Helmet ex Theola being ridden
It just shows you how delicate racehorses are with both So Mi Dar and Midterm having slight injuries and missing out on their classic targets. After the excitement of planning campaigns for horses both for the trainer and especially the owner, it can be so frustrating as things can happen at any time which rule the horses out of their scheduled races. It's enough to drive a saint to drink but it is one of those things that has always happened in the sporting world and demonstrates the very fine line between success and disaster.
Although our trip to Market Rasen at the weekend was a day to forget racing wise, we were very kindly asked to lunch by the Racecourse Chairman, Colin Booth. He was rightly proud to show us all the facilities Market Rasen has and I must say I was impressed. The owners and trainers facility is very good with excellent food on offer. The members facilities and general areas have been upgraded and the main restaurant had a lovely menu at a reasonable price. If all smaller tracks could reach this standard it would be a great asset to the industry. My campaign for disabled facilites was well received and in fact they had already installed several extra double doors which allowed wheelchair access. The viewing area was for once in a very good position with an easy ramp and a great view of the whole racetrack. My only point here was, and one that I'm sure will be acted on and hopefully be at all tracks eventually, is the need for some shelter over this area to protect veiwers from the wind and rain. Don't forget that Market Rasen is primarily a winter jumping track
Peeps after her washdown
The Owls now know their opponents for the 28th. Hull City hung on against Derby last night and it will now be an all Yorkshire play off.
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