Onwards and upwards ...

It really is cold this morning

Thursday, 22 November 2018

"You may not know where you’re going, but so long as you spread your wings the winds will carry you."

C. JoyBell C.

Pageant Master

It’s been the coldest night of the year so far and although we have cloud cover it has got progressively colder as the light has come up. There is very little wind at present though which is one good thing. I have been keeping the horses close to home this morning on Hamilton Hill and all has gone well. We will be having a couple of runners tomorrow and hopefully jump runners in the near future, it just depends on ground conditions.

True Calling

... and walking back 

Politics is one thing I am sure drives everybody barmy at present, what with all the Brexit negotiations and we in racing are in just as much turmoil. I see the new Levy replacement was being discussed yesterday in the Lords and there seems to be a lot of problems coming to the surface. I don’t think it helps that we have a new minister for sport after Tracey Crouch resigned. As usual there is so much more going on behind the scenes that no normal person ever hears about or is consulted on and just has to wait until the fudge is announced. Let’s hope on both counts the politicians can get it right.

Altered Method

There is a good article from the Irish correspondent in the Racing Post today, but it is what I have been saying for as long as I can remember. He is on about the American way of getting trainers started and putting forward the idea that it can happen on the Curragh. It has always been my idea to have an all-weather track here at Newmarket and for the Jockey Club to build starter yards for young trainers, as it is just so expensive to get going on their own nowadays. In America where they train on the track you can start training with one horse and build from there so the overheads are so much cheaper. You then just need some hard work and luck to start making a name. If you haven’t got a fortune behind you it is just so very hard here and in Ireland. I would think eventually, maybe 20 or 30 years down the line, we will have this system in place along with more all-weather tracks and then racing will be slightly more boring away from the festival meetings. Another advantage of training on the tracks is that the costs are greatly reduced to the owner with very little travelling and racing expenses, which take a great chunk when prize money is so low.

The groundsmen having a meeting