Onwards and upwards ...

The sun is out, the sky is blue

Monday, 13 May 2019

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily."

Gerald Good.

Velvet Voice walking round the yard

It’s a blue sky morning with not a cloud to be seen. There is a slight breeze but the temperature is starting to rise and it is going to be a glorious day. It is set to stay like this for a few days, then hopefully some more rain at the end of the week. We are a bit down on riders this morning but the ones that are in are doing well and everything is getting a very good exercise. I have been mainly using the Farm Canter on Racecourse Side.

... and cantering on the heath

We had two more Classics over the weekend and another Derby trial so the picture is beginning to get a bit clearer. This week’s York meeting will clarify the pecking order of the participants. It looks like being a really good Dante with one or two proven horses, as well as some lightly raced colts full of potential. It should be an interesting week. Both the French Classics were won by Godolphin owned horses and it would be quite nice if somebody else could win one, but it is looking very unlikely as the big two have it sewn up at present.


It is very interesting to see the Reuben brothers, who own the Arc Company, have retained their status as the riches people in British racing. They have hoovered up over £1bn of property in the last year and are obviously very good businessmen. I am not sure what their interest is in their racing holdings but I am sure they wouldn’t keep them if they were not making a proper return. As you know the prize money has been very poor at these tracks and has not moved with the times at all. I don’t think the racing industry is asking for a lot, but a proper return for supplying the goods would go a long way in helping the industry to thrive. At present there are only a few who are reaping the rewards and it would be in everybody’s interest if the whole of the sport worked together for the benefit of all, whether it be bookmakers, racecourses or industry professionals.