Onwards and upwards ...

Not too much snow yet

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

"What a severe yet master artist old Winter is... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel."

John Burroughs.


Topapinion leading Clearance and Velvet Voice

Although the forecasters have been warning us that we were in for a terrible time with snow and ice and the "Beast from the East", apart from a few snow flurries, all we have is a glorious sunny day and blue sky. It's very cold though so at least they got that right. The fields on the stud have gone from being a bog to  absolutely rock solid. It's amazing how quickly it all turns. Everybody who should have been is in this morning on the riding front and we have got on well. I've also taken on a new yard person who looks to be the right type. It is amazing how the old adage " If one door shuts another one opens" works out.



Ttmab ran a sound race yesterday to finish third. He was not beaten very far after pulling quite hard. I don't think the track suited him particularly and we may need to fit a crossed noseband next time he runs.

We have one runner today at Chelmsford which has passed the inspection this morning. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 4.45, the mile and five handicap. He ran a sound race last time. We may slightly change tactics on him today, but he has certainly got a chance of making the frame once again.


True Calling

There are funny headlines in the Racing Post today on page 13, with Nick Rust, the B.H.A. chief executive, warning that trainers must not subsidise their businesses by treating staff unfairly. If the report is correct, he says that there should be fewer trainers if they are unable to give their staff proper pay and conditions. He was speaking at the first of four roadshows this week. There is one on Thursday at Newmarket and I shall certainly be asking him to explain what he means by this.

He also revealed the sport was looking at the introduction of breaks for both codes in this year's fixture list. I have been trumpeting about this situation for years, it would give the horses and staff some time to breath and relax rather than be on the go constantly. It's O.K. for the bookmakers and administrators who work from offices and computers, but animals and their handlers need a break. It's common sense and that is what has been sadly lacking. I fear that because the bookmakers and racecourses want racing 24/7 there will be little chance of this happening.