Tuesday, 31 January 2017
"Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough."
Walking to the Cambridge Road polytrack at first lot
The temperature wasn’t too bad at 4.30 this morning as I was going around feeding, but as the light has got up, along came the breeze and it must be four degrees colder at 9 o’clock. It has been a hectic morning with horses leaving early to go off racing, both Stevie Donohoe and Gabriele Malune, who is an apprentice to Luca Cumani, coming in to ride work and all has gone well.
Looking through to the schooling grounds
We have one runner today. Sweeping Beauty runs in the all-weather bumper at Lingfield at 1.50. Her first two runs were very good but she got completely bogged down last time in the ground at Cheltenham in the listed bumper. She travelled well for a long way that day and back on a surface she knows very well, I am sure she will give a much better account of herself.
Pulling out for third lot
On reading the Sunday paper and then the Racing Post today, I thought it must be April 1st as there are articles in both papers about having racing in city centres. Their idea evidently is to have movable polytrack surfaces, with horses running in a straight line with the world’s top jockeys aboard. There has obviously been no thought as to how the horses get there before and afterwards and as for health and safety, it is anybody’s guess. It is another hare-brained scheme dreamt up by money orientated executives who have no idea whatsoever about horses. We do not want to cheapen our industry. If you want to go and watch horses run in the street, go to Siena in Italy.
The Guv'nor legging Barry up
I see a great grandmother has just ridden a winner in the United States. She was 62, has seven children, 18 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She says she has broken every bone in her body but has no intention of retiring. For those of you who know Jenko, she reminds me of him. I know he was certainly a grandfather when he rode his last winner. It just goes to show you can’t beat age and experience.