May the best man win ...

The horses are bucking and kicking

Thursday, 30 August 2018

"You learn something every day if you pay attention."

Ray Le Blond.


Four Fifty Three

It's a blue sky morning, with no wind at all and the temperature is starting to rise. The horses all look pictures and are bucking and kicking out at exercise, which is always a good sign of their well being. In fact we had a loose one on the Heath at first lot who was quickly caught, and then did two canters.


Ginger Lady

Rum Ration, our runner last night, jumped well but didn't put much effort in when asked to, and he will only be having one run with blinkers on to see if they can work the oracle. He was outstanding in the paddock and given a good ride by Jack, but motivation is his problem. Hopefully some headgear might concentrate his mind.


Velvet Vision

The BHA have had a review into stewarding on the go for a while. Yesterday they announced their new model for the future. There will now be two professional stewards and one "amatuer volunteer" who will chair the panel. The BHA Chief Regulatory Officer says,"We are at continuous risk from unscrupulous interests who seek to exploit the sport for financial gain." He then goes on to say that athletics, boxing and cycling give real evidence of the negative effect any perception of corruption can have on the popularity and reputation of the sport. The new model will cost, according to the Racing Post, £330,000 per annum which will no doubt increase as the years go on.

In my opinion they want to improve the field operators rather then the stewards who have been doing a great job for so long and are unpaid. If there is a prolification of off shore unregulated exchanges there needs to be the most severe investigation the sport can manage. I agree and insist that the sport must be clean, but for as long as the exchanges are allowed, when you can bet to lose, there will always be a problem.