Onwards and upwards ...

It's a very misty day

Thursday, 18 October 2018

"Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live."

George Lancaster Spalding.

Rosie Scot in the yard

... and out on the heath

It’s another misty damp start, in fact I had fog lamps on coming in this morning and you could only see about 10 yards for most of the journey. I am not sure when the clocks go back but it can’t be too long now and it will certainly help as first lot, at quarter to seven, were pulling out in the dark. We have had a normal Thursday cantering morning which has all gone well and Tim has been getting on great with the yearling colts. They are all starting to settle in and taking to everything new he introduces them to. Horses are individuals, just like people. Their characteristics are not all the same so they need different handling and Tim is a master at it.

Legging up on Melo Pearl

... before walking off to exercise

I see Down Royal racecourse in Northern Ireland has its future in doubt as the company that bought it in 2015 has moved to take over the running of it from the encumbrance who have been doing a tremendous job, even winning racecourse of the year last year. Whether it will continue as a racecourse will be interesting to see as I am sure there is no smoke without fire in this case. In England we have just had the closure of Towcester and the news today is that there are four interested purchasers of that track, but there is a lot more to these things than meets the eye and when the details are gone into it can often be off-putting. It costs a lot of money to run a racecourse, especially a turf one and that is why I predict that within 20 years we will have at least another six all-weather tracks which don’t need the maintenance and are much easier to run. They tracks take the character away but if the investment is not there, they won’t survive and more courses will go by the board.

Even in the mist the maintenance must continue

We talked about the whip rules this week in George Baker’s comments, and I see today the Irish comments on their regulators who most people think were very soft when enforcing the interference rules. Horseracing is a dangerous sport and it is all about having the dash to go for the gap and to be in the right place at the right time, but dangerous riding and being unaware of what is happening in the race can cause accidents, some even fatal for both human and horse. The jockeys need to understand that the rules will be strictly enforced if they are broken. It will make for much safer racing and fairer to everybody.