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The racecourses need to stop watering

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

"Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven."

Tryon Edwards.

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(L-R) Indian Red, Dixon and Gee Sixty Six

The temperature has held up well this morning, it was 18 degrees at 5.30. We have not had a drop of rain though and let’s hope they are right with their forecast that it will pour tomorrow as the grass gallops and our paddocks at home are desperate for a soaking. We have been on The Watered Gallop today with some older horses and a couple of two-year-olds, and all went well. The ground was perfectly safe, although it is very early for The Watered Gallop to be open. I just hope we can get some rain and the other gallops with be useable and give the watered one time to recover as it has already had a good hammering at a very funny time of year.

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(L-R) Lost The Moon and Astrostorm

I see Windsor was abandoned once again last night after a few races, and ironically it was the same day last year it was abandoned for the very same reason - the jockeys were frightened of slipping on the bend. This is a clear cut case of unnecessary watering. They had watered, had a bit of rain and it got over slippery. This never used to happen years ago and it is just crackers that people water all the time. It ruins the tracks, it makes the jockeys soft, frustrates all the professionals, especially owners and trainers, and the paying public, who I doubt got anything back for only seeing half a meeting. What with the bad publicity about the poor prize money on offer at Windsor and now this, it certainly won’t be doing them much good. It would make a good housing estate though. It is right next to the river and you could build very expensive houses, with plenty of mooring spaces for the boats. Just a thought.

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(L-R) Four Fifty Three and Budgie

I see the BHA is ringing in the changes with some of their personnel. A couple of their executives are leaving their jobs but are not being replaced. It looks like their responsibilities will be taken over by people already in place, which will certainly save money. The two in question have not been there very long and I am not really sure what they did, so it is maybe for the best. A move out of London to Newmarket, or somewhere similar, would be a big jump in the right direction. It would save a lot of money too, plus you might get people who know something about horses, rather than just be box tickers.

Whoever decided to put our racing on ITV4 wants to be looking in the mirror at themselves this morning as the figures are way done for Chester and the weekend racing. A repeat of a film and the 6th round of the Rugby League Cup pulled in nearly twice as many viewers, which, when you think about it, is quite worrying. There is something that is not right and whether they can sort it out or not, is a matter for debate.