Onwards and upwards ...

A start of a new week

Monday, 14 May 2018

"Nothing but heaven is better than a friend who is really a friend."



Tacking up Quanah

It’s a sunny day with a good breeze and it is very pleasant for the lads to work in this sort of atmosphere.  We have got plenty of staff in this morning which makes it easier for everybody and we can get on with a few extra jobs which need doing.


Melo Pearl and Bob

Gee Sixty Six was disappointing at Market Rasen on Friday. He did have a slight bleed afterwards and I think a month in the paddock will be the answer for him. Sometimes these big horses who have been on the go for a while need a break and I think one would certainly benefit Gee Sixty Six. He has plenty of ability but we have never seen it fully on the track as yet.

                                      Bayeau      bayeau_1

Belle Bayeux before and after a roll

There have been plenty of comments in the papers, on the radio and I am sure on TV about the violence that has marred our racetracks in recent weeks. Violent brawls at Goodwood and then Ascot has really focused everybody’s minds as to what is happening.

This, in my opinion, has been an incident waiting to happen as the racecourses have promoted drinking and have attracted the wrong type of crowd. If this continues as it is, it will very quickly alienate the normal racegoers and certainly no families will attend. They say it is down to drugs combined with drink, which is a blight on our city centres most weekends, but we do not want it on our racetracks. The powers that be will have to take this situation very seriously. The problem and why there is very little security - especially normal policemen and women - is because it costs money and quite a lot of it and the racecourses don’t want to pay this added expense. Those of us who constantly go racing have seen it coming for a long time and until the racecourses start to spend some money on security and quickly kick out the rogue elements, it will only get worse.

Singing Hinnie at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Our farrier Becky had a great winner recently at Royal Windsor horseshow when Singing Hinnie won the Retraining of Racehorses class beating 20 other ex-racehorses. A lovely big, attractive filly, she was disappointing as a racehorse, but has certainly found her niche now and I am delighted for Mr and Mrs Reed who have followed her second career with great interest. She was out of their lovely mare Tawny Way.


Sadly Sky Dome, who was retired to my sister-in-law’s care, has recently had to be put down at the grand old age of 27. A big thank you to Jean who gave him a fantastic home and a very happy life after his racing career. He won eight races and was placed 20 times. What a wonderful horse he was.