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Monday, 05 December 2016

"Dancing is the poetry of the foot."

John Dryden.

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Walking across to the gallop at first lot

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Lost The Moon

There’s a good hard frost this morning and it was pretty cold as we cantered on the Rubbing House and Southfields Round polytracks. Both horses and people were well wrapped up and it was a very good exercise. It is bliss to go out and have no coughers and the horses all looked very well when the sunshine came up at second lot. The forecast this week is for it to get a bit warmer with some periods of rain as well.

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Second lot warming up in the trotting ring

It looks like we will only have runners on Wednesday this week and let’s hope they are luckier than the ones we have had over the last few days. Lost The Moon got no sort of run at all at Wolverhampton, Hold Firm got hampered when he tried to get into contention and Sweeping Beauty’s jockey decided to disregard orders and do what he fancied, so really we should have had two winners, rather than none. I hate losing and we must get into this winning mode rather than the other way. With the horses all coming right, I am looking for a good run now to put us back where we should be.

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Hold Firm leading the yearlings through the open stalls

I see the rates are going up hugely for the racecourses as well, with the majority going up over 100%. A little track like Cartmel has gone up 311%. It will certainly hit these tracks hard and whether the prize money will suffer is anybody’s guess. This tax is a big hidden one and a great revenue stream for HM Revenue and Customs. I am hoping that the BHA can sort this matter out to everybody’s satisfaction and I am seeing that they are having an industry wide meeting next week. I just hope our National Trainers Federation chief executive is strong enough to put his case forward. It will be hard on everybody if we don’t get a readjustment.