Onwards and upwards ...

There is another good card of racing at York today

Friday, 17 May 2019

"Every great genius has an admixture of madness."


Working Across The Flat

It’s an overcast morning with hopefully rain on its way. I am not too sure we are going to get any today though and it may be tomorrow at the earliest. Certainly the ground on the course at Newmarket last night was good to firm and it will be even firmer today. We have been working on absolutely fantastic ground on the peat moss Across The Flat. I had two lots of workers and all has gone as planned. We have no runners over the weekend but a few next week.

Walking back to the yard

I see that the Ladbrokes / Coral holdings company have said that the cut in the stakes for the machines in the betting shops has not caused them as much of impact as they first thought. Oh what a surprise. I have been telling you that for a while now as people will win or lose the same amount however they want to. If it takes an hour longer to win or lose 50 quid that’s what will happen. I don’t know how many shops will shut but I will predict not as many as we were told.

I also see that Arc have bought a 45% stake in the Tote technology. Last year they also bought a majority share in a Greek based firm which provides data and pictures of horses and greyhound to 32 countries worldwide. Where all this is going is beyond me, but the internet and gambling online is obviously the future and with so many different people and businesses involved they will all be fighting their own corner. Our racing leaders have certainly missed the boat in controlling their own destiny. It is in the hands of people who care nothing about the sport but just the bottom line of their balance sheet.

Across the heath

York continues today with great racing once again. It is the Yorkshire Cup this afternoon with some young pretenders trying to knock Stradivarius off his perch. I can’t really see that happening if the favourite is fit and well. A very competitive two-year-old fillies’ listed race starts the card and there will be plenty of bubbles burst once again. The ground is pretty fast there still and I am sure the times will be on the quick side.

Roof Garden

We are coming to the end of the year on the stud with only one left to cover, which hopefully will be early next week. We have had more colts than fillies for a change, which is always handy, and as yet, because of having no rain, the paddocks have not had the usual hard time that they normally get. In fact everything looks remarkably green and well, thanks to the good work of Ashley, our maintenance man.

Isaac Murphy leading Astromerry