Tuesday, 21 February 2017
"Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in."
Gee Sixty Six and Lost The Moon
It’s a mild morning once again but cold is on its way so certainly don’t put the winter woollies and big coats to the back of the wardrobe just yet. You are going to need plenty of layers at the weekend. A good first lot with Stevie Donohoe and Gabriele Malune both riding out and we used the Cambridge Road polytrack for some faster work. To say second lot was eventful was an understatement. Our horses were fine and had done their first canter when a rider fell off from another string as his leather broke in front of us on Hamilton Hill. The horse following jinked and its rider fell off. The horses ran off loose, turned and came back down the canter the wrong way which caused another string’s rider to fall off. With three loose horses and two winded pilots it was chaos for several minutes. I am pleased to tell you though that all horses and riders were safely caught and picked up and the air ambulance was not needed. Just another normal lots exercise!
Topalova, Mr Turner and Bracken Brae
I see the Jockey Club have announced a boost in prize money for next year. It is aimed at the seven smaller Jockey Club racecourses with £1.4 m going to jumping and £700,000 towards the flat. It will be interesting to see if all the money actually goes into prize money rather than be absorbed by the courses themselves. There are many announcements like this from all different areas of the business, but when it comes down to it very little happens and it goes towards paying salaries and pension funds. Let’s hope for a change this money actually goes into prize money.
Cantering up Hamilton Hill
It was the Stud and Stable Awards last night and apart from Colin Nutter, who has been the backbone of Sir Mark Prescott’s stable for some 40 years, there were no other Newmarket winners, but congratulations goes to everybody who did win. I am sure they were thoroughly deserved. I personally think it would be better if the stud and stable staff were both separate awards and not all jumbled up into one. It would make it a lot easier and I think give more people a chance. But that is just my own personal preference. I also think the judges should be changed every year so that different people are looking at it with a different point of view.
We must apologise about yesterday’s site. Unfortunately we had problems with the computers and only one paragraph was published. The problem was rectified later on in the day so for anybody that didn’t get to read the site in full please take a look today.