LATEST NEWS:

Fighting at the races will not be tolerated ...

Snow is expected by the end of the week

Monday, 14 January 2019

"Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart."

Arthur Daley.

27_Missouri_Blossom__Topant
The three two-year-old fillies on the trotting ring

It’s a typical January morning, still, a bit damp with the temperature about normal for this time of year. I am afraid it is not going to stay this way though as the cold weather is on its way and by middle to end of the week the wind will be coming from the north and I think a lot of the country, especially the north, will be getting some snow. With a good lot of staff in we have had a cracking day so far. I gave everybody a team talk at half past six this morning and impressed on them the importance of doing everything the right way. If we did that we would give the horses every chance of giving their best on the track. We have had two good lots so far and I couldn’t be more pleased.

47_Blossom_Topant_Miss
(L-R) Mount Nelson ex Seasonal Blossom, Topanticipation and Equiano ex Missouri

There were some interesting articles and letters over the weekend in the Racing Post and today as well. Lee Mottershead comments on the new Tote getting to the nitty gritty of what is behind the Alizeti Group. It will be interesting to see how that all develops. He also calls for trainers to be able to train in partnership, like they do in Australia, and I think it is a very good idea and one that should be worked on straight away. With the way racing is going at present, the big getting bigger and the small getting smaller, the partnership between two trainers would certainly help. Some of the biggest trainers in Australia already do this and I can’t see the problem of doing this here or in Ireland.

51_Cantering
Cantering this morning

It was disappointing to read the Racing Post editors comments on the jockey’s drug abuse problem. The Irish Jockeys Association’s chief executive had the opposite reaction when agreeing with the penalties that the Irish Turf Club had imposed. I am not sure what the answer is to all this, but you cannot have jockeys on horses in races that are either over the alcohol or drug limit. It is highly dangerous both to them and everybody else. In my opinion the deterrent should be a long ban. There is so much opportunity for jockey nowadays, especially young talented ones, but why they have to be led astray is beyond me.

57_Stalls
Walking through the stalls

Congratulations go to the winner of our Christmas Quiz this year, Mr Alan Lury and runner up Amelia Callaghan. If they would like to contact the office we can arrange for their prize to be sent to them or they can come and collect it in person if they would prefer. Thank you to everybody who took part. Our quiz has taken a bit of time to get marked this year and we will be having a rethink on its content for next year.