Onwards and upwards ...

The ground at the racetracks is finally going our way

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

Edmund Hillary.

Velvet Vision and Garrel Glen working on the Al Bahathri

It’s a really wet day once again which is lovely jubbly. It is one of those proper wet mornings, good steady wet rain and after yesterday deluge, the ground should now be starting to get properly soft. All the staff have been working well considering the weather and the horses have been getting a nice canter close to home. It looks like we will be having plenty of runners this week and I am delighted that the tracks we are running at the ground is coming up soft.

Walking back to the horsebox 

I see there was another mix up with two horses when it transpired that a horse presented to run at Catterick was not the horse it was meant to be. When the two horses in question were transported form Ireland they had evidently been dropped off at the wrong place, 400 miles apart. For some reason only one trainer has been fined and it is completely beyond me why these things happen. Actually it is not beyond me, it is because there are not enough staff that are on the ball these days and I wonder how many more times this has happened in the past. These things only turn up when they are presented at the racetrack and the microchip tells all. This is just another case of how overworked trainers and their staff are, but the BHA will never get it into their brains that the amount of racing we have is just exhausting everybody.

Roof Garden splashing around in the puddles

It was very sad to see the death of Sir David Sieff who has done so much for our industry. He was one of the people who saved Newbury from being taken over and was a chairman and a trustee of Racing Welfare. His behind the scene work and understanding of the industry, plus his business acumen, meant he had a very calming and professional hand on the tiller of this very important charity for all racing staff. Our condolences go to his family.

Bob, why are you sat in the rain?