Onwards and upwards ...

Southfield Round and Hamilton Hill are the gallops of choice

Wednesday, 05 June 2019

"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."

Mahatma Gandhi.

Velvet Vision

It’s an overcast morning but dry and there is very little rain forecast for today. Hopefully we will get a bit more tomorrow and certainly some on Friday. We only got a small smattering yesterday which dampened the dust and gave the gardens a little bit of water. We have had a good morning with the horses cantering on Southfield Rounds and Hamilton Hill once again. They are all in tremendous form and just want some better ground on the tracks to see them at their best.

Walking off the gallop after exercise

I didn’t comment yesterday but feel I must do today as I couldn’t quite believe that there was no flat racing on the turf yesterday afternoon. There were two meetings at night both on the all-weather but why oh why were there no meetings on the turf. The BHA showed itself for what it is, incompetent and powerless against the racecourses. If this sport is to flourish we have got to have a BHA which runs smoothly and has some idea of what the professionals want. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be any direction or plan in place.


Settle in her new home and doing well

There are headlines on the front of the Racing Post today saying it is going to be harder to get the Australians over for Royal Ascot and no wonder because the prize money is increasing on a daily basis in most states. Their politicians, very similar to Ireland’s, enjoy racing and understand the benefits it brings. The point of consumption tax, which they very wisely have, is what swells the coffers for the horsemen. Our puny tax on bookmaker’s profits is nowhere near what we should be receiving. If we had a fee on every bet transaction, whether it be £1 each way or £100,000 to win, it would increase the money that racing would have to work with. Until our leaders and politicians understand this we will always struggle to attract the major players from other jurisdictions.