Onwards and upwards ...

It really is quite chilly this morning

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

"A heart full of joy is better than a hand full of coins."

Matshona Dhliwayo.


It’s an overcast day once again with a good breeze and it is quite cold if you are out in the open. The horses have been using a mixture of polytracks this morning and all has gone well so far. I am pleased to say that I have been out with two or three lots and am starting to feel much better although not completely there yet.


It seems as if the BHA chairman debacle is starting to be sorted. As usual everybody will be kept in the dark as to what actually happened but it looks like Steve Harman will be working on behalf of the industry with the government to negotiate over the new proposed levy system. The new BHA chairman who will be selected in the next few months. In my opinion the whole of the BHA board do very little and are incognito most of the time. In fact what do they do? I don’t think anybody in the profession actually understand what this is.

Back of the stands from the Rubbing House canter

The build up to the Derby and Oaks continues and I am sure they will both be highly competitive. The ground will be a big factor no doubt and the clerk of the course will be doing his best to get ‘good’ in the ground if possible. Heavy watering followed a thunderstorm on top can change the going quickly, so I am sure he will be very aware of not overdoing it. It is a bit like the Cup Final as the race is starting to be lost in the increased number of fixtures we are having thrust upon us every year.