Onwards and upwards ...

Justice is done

Friday, 22 March 2019

"You can find inspirations from others but determination is solely your responsibility."


Garrel Glen

It's a dry morning once again with a slight breeze but it is feeling a bit colder than earlier in the week. There is no rain forecast and the ground is drying up fast. Everyone is in, including jockeys, and we have had a good morning so far cantering all the horses. I've kept them to the polytracks as the grass is firming up and the younger horses especially can get sore shins on faster ground.

Pageant Master

The appeal against Declan Lavery's ban in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham took place yesterday and justice was done when the penalty was quashed. Let us hope for once that the BHA is listening to what everybody is saying, and we can stop having headlines which don't do the sport any good. I see Philip Freedman, the chairman of Horsemen's Group, has finally raised his head and called for unity within the industry.We need strong leaders who understand this sport and I am sure things will be going on behind closed doors. Hopefully common sense will prevail.

Velvet Vista

There have been some good articles each day this week in the Racing Post on the world's greatest racecourses. We are down to number three today which is Ascot. It will be fascinating to see who are number two and number one as York, Goodwood, Longchamps, Meydan, and Churchill Downs have already gone. The only thing I find is that racecourses always look better in the sunshine.

Astrosecret and her Garswood filly foal

We have already had some cracking foals this year and have three mares overdue at present. We keep them monitored constantly day and night, and it is a very tiring process for all involved. You must do the job properly and you can't beat observation in this instance.

Gregorian ex Astrodiva colt foal