Onwards and upwards ...

We are working two-year-olds today

Thursday, 21 March 2019

"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favours."

François de La Rochefoucauld.

Working Across The Flat

It’s a ditto morning to yesterday, no wind, quite bright and spring like. Everybody is in bar one yard worker who has had his last chance now and we will be taking on somebody else in the near future. The horses have been going in all directions, cantering using a wide variety of gallops, and one or two have been over to Long Hill on the other side of town as well. I am just about to take third lot out consisting of six two-year-olds who are going to come Across the Flat in a bunch over four furlongs. It’s always good fun, educational for the horses and you start to get the two-year-olds into their pecking order.

All going well

There are more headlines on the front of the Racing Post this morning from the fallout of the BHA’s decision on welfare at the Festival. Another letter has come from three high profile trainers criticising how the handling of the sport is progressing. My question is where is the leader of the National Trainers Federation, or the Horseman’s Group? They should be forefront in all of this and standing up for all the racing professionals. It shouldn’t be up to the individual trainers to keep going on and on, it should be our leaders who have the strength and the courage to stand up and be counted. That is what they are getting big salaries for. We will have to wait to see what happens.

Work over, now a cooling walk back to the yard

There was plenty of chat at the Newmarket Trainers Federation meeting, as I told you, and one of the items was housing for stable staff. The Jockey Club have the land and are putting things in place to get the planning permission. It is a mixture of single bedsits, affordable two and three bedroom houses and a hostel type apartment that would start off the leavers from the racing schools, before they go out on their own. It’s a great idea but the costs are quite high and we are already having big problems with the local council who seem to think there should be affordable housing for any resident. Both councils are going to amalgamate soon and the Jockey Club's idea is to wait until that happens and hopefully the executives will look more kindly on this application. It is imperative that we get the accommodation for the staff and the Newmarket Open Days, which raise money for such projects, should be directed towards this housing scheme.