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It is forecast to be a bit drier this week

Monday, 31 July 2017

"We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

Thích Nhất Hạnh.

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The Schooling Grounds

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Astrosecret and Astroshadow schooling over the tyres

It’s a sunny, dry morning after another weekend of heavy showers. I think this week looks like being a lot more on the dry side, but we could still get hit by sudden downpours blowing across the country. Trainers are like farmers in that they want the weather to rain and then to dry up and then to rain again in a never ending cycle, but certainly the ground is going to be on the soft side for the next few days. I have schooled a couple this morning, and the rest have been doing good cantering on the polytracks close to home. All has gone smoothly. We still need a rider or two, but everybody is working well and in a cheerful mood.

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Topapinion on Hamilton Hill

Glorious Goodwood starts tomorrow, on ground that may be on the easy side, but it is a fantastic meeting where both the crowd and runner numbers will be high. Very good prize money attracts everybody and although the course always requires the standard of dress to be high, it is a very relaxed and enjoyable meeting.

The King George on Saturday produced a very good winner in Enable who looks a filly of the highest class and puts her sire, Nathaniel, well into the bracket that can produce top horses. He is by Galileo and his offspring look to require a bit of time, but they can certainly go. Let’s hope his stallion fees are kept at a sensible price, so normal people can use him.

I must mention it is Galway as well this week, which is the biggest craic you can ever go to. The week-long festival will produce plenty of excitement and a lot more sore heads as the Irish always give it a good kick, whether it is at the races, or at the after racing parties. It is another must go to place if you have got the energy and the stamina.

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Clearance

The BHA is 10 years old today and has had a troubled time throughout. We have had many chief executives and chairmen who have tried to control the ship and steer it in the right direction. The difference between this BHA and the Jockey Club, who used to run it before, is that the majority of the BHA has no horse sense whatsoever. Most of them couldn’t put a head collar on a horse and unlike a lot of the Jockey Club members, who although not working at the grass roots level, would most certainly have ridden and were confident handling horses. This might not be the be all and end all of working there, but it certainly helps to understand what the professionals do day in day out. You have to have people with expert knowledge of legal matters and finance, but racing is all about the horse and an in depth knowledge, I would have thought, would be imperative.