Onwards and upwards ...

We took horses schooling this morning

Thursday, 16 May 2019

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."

Albert Einstein.

Babochoff schooling

There are a few more clouds today and the breeze has certainly increased but it is 16 degrees at present and I’m sure it won’t rain today. We have showers forecast tomorrow and over the weekend which will certainly do some good once again. The grass and leaves have really sprung out in the last 10 days with both the rain and then the warm. We have had a good morning with the horses schooling three at first lot. They all went very well and are ready to run when the right race comes along. The rest of the lots have been cantering on the polytracks near to home.

Over the hurdle

Jumping well

Our runners yesterday were all well ridden. Pageant Master looked like he wants a mile now and I have got the six furlongs out of my system. Velvet Vision once again put up a sound performance but without doubt needs a mile four plus and softer ground. Ness Of Brodgar ran better than she had done previously and the wind operation certainly worked. She very badly needed this run after a long absence and will improve considerably next time, over further as well. All three horses looked pictures and credit goes to the staff that do a great job.

He is making it look easy

There are two points to take out of the Racing Post today and these two points I have been going on about for a long time. Bill Barber mentions the balance between welfare and the fixture list and the commercial demands on the racecourses. It has been a muted that there may be a reduction of 50 fixtures next year, which is only a drop in the ocean. I don’t think everybody will agree to this as racecourses want as much racing as possible to keep their media right payments up.  This will mean the pressure on staff and horses will only increase, not get better. The money that was spent on the survey, although you can’t call it wasted, showed good intentions but will achieve nothing as there are a lot of people who will take no notice of it.

The other point was in the Irish column where the cost of entries and everything else at the new Curragh have increased, rather than come down. They put the reason the owners and trainers room was too busy down to the big handicaps on the day but, according to the Irish correspondent, these handicaps will be the norm for the foreseeable future, so there was obviously no thinking or common sense in the first place. It’s a bit like the parade ring which was too small to have all the horses in it at the same time. That has now been changed but I am sure the owners and trainers will be left as it is. Where are the people with any brains when they are needed?