Onwards and upwards ...

We all wish Di a very Happy Birthday

Friday, 01 February 2019

"No one is free when others are oppressed."


Cantering on the heath

It was pretty heavy snow when I drove in at twenty past five this morning but as the time has gone on it has gradually stopped and although it is lying about, we do not have a very thick covering. It is cold enough though and the breeze is getting up. The forecasters tell us we are in for a few more showers as the weekend progresses. All riders who should be in are in and we are getting the horses out and giving them as good an exercise as we can do the conditions. I am sure the same will happen tomorrow when we should have another rider in.

Walking back after exercise

It looks like fun and games at the Moorcroft Retraining Welfare Centre where there have been a few resignations from the board of trustees. You will never know the ins and outs but quite a few high profile individuals have resigned. Let’s hope the horses don’t suffer because of it. I am sure they won’t and it is just a blip but, like all businesses involving livestock, they are 24/7 and the costs keep escalating. Racehorse welfare is of the utmost importance and these retraining homes do a great job, it just needs the finance to be correct.

The frost is clinging to the branches

Australia’s leading trainer has just been arrested and interviewed by Racing Victoria. His premises were raided and several items were taken away. His assistant trainer and head lad were also questioned. With 600 or 700 horses in training over several states, this will cause a big stink down under. It is so disappointing to read headlines like this and if proved guilty of the crimes he should have the door closed on him and the keys thrown away.

     27_Ex_Sleek     38_Ex_Arrowood
(L-R) Dark Angel ex Sleek and Royal Applause ex Callisto Light

It was the first day of the February sales yesterday and with no high profile horses this year it looked a very low grade affair. Last year there were several horses that had to be sold through owner problems and they made very good prices. This year the fare was much lower and the average and median dropped dramatically. I hope the BHA and the Owners Association are taking note as there was nobody in the market for these lower grade horses. This is what will happen more and more if the prize money is not increased and quickly.

We wish Di a brilliant birthday today! She does a fantastic job in the office and I am so grateful for all her help.