Onwards and upwards ...

Spring is finally here

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

"A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective."

Andre Gide.

Warming up in the trotting ring

It’s another dry day with no wind and spring is possibly on its way. I think it is set to stay like this for at least a week. It has been one of the driest winters on record - in fact it may be one of the driest years we have ever had. We have been doing good normal exercise this morning with everybody in and working well.


I held a meeting of the Newmarket Trainers Federation yesterday in the Jockey Club Rooms. I got a good turnout and there was a lot of discussion. All the topics of staff, prize money and the situations that are developing, were aired in no uncertain terms and it is very interesting times in the industry. We seem to lack a strong leader who can negotiate with the right people and let’s hope we can soon find that person as it would be a tremendous help to everybody. Times are changing fast, especially in how everybody bets and communicates, and I think this is the area that certainly needs looking at. However, the bookmakers are a long way ahead of us as that is all they have to concentrate on, unlike the majority in our sport who are busy running their own businesses. That is why we need a leader and a strong BHA who understand it to put our points across to the politicians.


It looks like, for the first time in a long time, I will have some sharp two-year-olds and may even have a runner in the Brocklesby next weekend. We have a cracking lot of two-year-olds this time who are all showing plenty of ability and, if they stay healthy and sound, we should have a good spring. I still have plenty for sale or free lease and cannot recommend them more highly to anybody wanting to get involved. I know we go on about the prize money levels and everything else which is difficult in our sport at the moment, but to have an interest in a horse that does well is so exciting. The good things are the only things you think about in those moments and believe me it is the best feeling in the world when your horse goes past the post in front. Take a look at the sections of the site that will explain everything about ownership.