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Musselburgh needs sorting out

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

"May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it."

Irish Blessing.

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It is a truly glorious morning with no wind and the temperature is now soaring. Everybody is in and we have been getting on well with the horses. We had a good lot galloping on the Peat Moss and the majority staying on the polytracks with two proper canters. What with visits from the Chief Executive of the Heath, the vet and the farrier it's been a hectic old morning.

Astrojewel

Astrojewel

It looks as if Mussselburgh will be losing the next meeting as the BHA are holding out for a governance review. It's all political as I said the other day and the East Lothian council are at the core. There are 15 full time employees and 250 support staff who will not be working if this matter doesn't get sorted out. Even the Scottish government has said it would encourage the council to take action to safeguard the future of the course.

Honey_blossom

Honey Blossom

The Racehorse Owners' Association AGM was held yesterday at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London whatever that costs. It looks to me as if the same old rhetoric was spouted. They are hoping that the new levy system will help the middle to bottom tiers with increasing prize money which should filter down to everybody. For as long as I can remember this has been the objective and as yet we have got nowhere.  A lot of these professional executives are paid more than most trainers and racing staff will ever earn, in my opinion they need to start earning their corn. If they do we shall sing their praises from the roof tops.

the_pied_piper

The Pied Piper with the bucket at Dullingham

Yearlings (L to R) ex Astrodonna by Farrh, ex Jewelled by Paco Boy and ex Battery Power by Sea The Moon

Today it was the turn of the Racing Post correspondents to suggest new ideas about how to popularise our sport. Ten of them had different ideas but not one of them is new. Please take time to read the article and I shall be putting my ideas forward on Friday. Please feel free to send me any ideas you may have and I shall include them on Friday.