Onwards and upwards ...

It's October but it is still so warm

Thursday, 04 October 2018

"Faith is a passionate intuition."

William Wordsworth.

The yearlings boxed up and ready to go

It’s an overcast morning but still very warm. It is actually amazing that at this time of year we are getting temperatures in the 20’s. I am sure it will change soon and we will be getting proper autumn / winter weather. We have been getting on well with the horses once again with a good team of staff in and all has gone well. We have been using the polytracks on racecourse side.

Unloaded in Frankland Lodge

Well you couldn’t make up what happened at Nottingham yesterday and once again our sport has been made to look so amateurish. It looks like the starter made a mistake and called the wrong number to the clerk of the scales for a horse to be withdrawn after an incident in the stalls. But there seems to me to be no double checking or anybody watching what was going on as the horse in question was nowhere nears the stalls and was withdrawn very much in error. The owner and trainer are up in arms, and quite rightly so. It was a valuable race, which is very rare nowadays anyway, and it was no fault of theirs. It will be very interesting to see what penalties are dished out to the so called professionals who are running our sport. If any of us did something minor by mistake we would get fined very quickly. I wonder how long it will take to get this matter sorted out.

Making their way into their new homes

It was a little bit worrying to read Bill Barber’s piece in the Racing Post today about horse welfare issues. There are several questions now in the House of Commons and they will certainly have to be answered. We have got the Cheltenham enquiry into equine fatalities at the Festival coming out soon and with the majority of Labour’s front bench signing a motion to ensure the rules of racing are changed to forbid the use of the whip, I can see these issues being a problem for the industry in the months to come. It shouldn’t be a problem though as racehorses are looked after better than any animal in the country and we need to get this across to the general public in a big way. Once retired from racing many horses are retrained and this should be publicised much more on all our websites. You only need to look at our website, ‘Where Are They Now’, to see what good homes they go to after their racing days are over. In fact today two of ours have gone to the Northern Racing College. They will be ridden by the trainees and stars of the future. It gives them a great home, they are brilliantly looked after and are doing a top class job.