Onwards and upwards ...

It's a wet start to the week

Monday, 19 February 2018

"Garden fairies come at dawn,

Bless the flower then they’re gone."



It’s a wet morning with steady rain and no real wind. I think it is going to be like it for most of the day, but the forecast is for it to dry up later and then the rest of the week is hopefully going to be that way as well. We have a poor turn out in the yard this morning which is disappointing as we have got a yard full of potentially very nice horses and we need to be getting on with them in the right way. The ones that are in have been doing a sterling job and I will definitely remember them when the bonuses are paid out. Good canters on the polytracks close to home has been the exercise of the day, and all has gone well so far, but how much better could it be if everybody had turned up. It seems to me it is the same everywhere in all industries and this lack of dedication and work ethic seems to be put into these youngsters at a much too early age. It all stems from the top though and our politicians, who seem so out of touch with normal people, need to get a grip and start getting into the real world. Only then will the country move forward.

Saint Anthony

Our runners over the weekend all ran not too badly. Clearance was the only one who was disappointing as he was in a good position but then failed to stay on. He may need some blinkers or eight flights of hurdles. He will be getting both of those quite quickly. Velvet Vision ran a race full of promise at Newcastle. She has always shown us at home that she is a talented filly and she has an exciting future if everything goes to plan. Four Fifty Three ran very well to finish third after a long layoff but could have been much closer if orders had been followed, but at least the horses are in great form and we have a very good bunch. The majority of them are all capable of winning races and a few could be well above average.

Third lot and TTMAB is ready to go

There was a small snippet in the Racing Post yesterday which I thought was quite telling and just goes to show the frailty of the BHA’s integrity’s services. Ascots blood testing boxes were found to have old droppings still in them and cobwebs in the corner. These had obviously not been cleaned out from meeting to meeting and so contamination could clearly have taken part. If the sampling boxes aren’t clean what chance is there for everything else, and this is not Newton Abbot or Carlisle it is Ascot where our biggest race meetings are held. It will be interesting to see what happens and who gets blamed. I would suspect what will happen is that no one will get fined and the racecourse will say we will learn our lesson, which is a stock phrase that is pushed out by everybody when they have been caught out. It should never happen in the first place.