Gee Sixty Six runs tonight in the 7.10 at Kempton ....

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We have one runner today at Kempton

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

American Indian Proverb.


It’s a chalk and cheese morning compared to yesterday, bright, cold and windy, instead of dark, wet and muddy. Everybody is in so the flag is flying and we have got on very well this morning. First lot galloped on Cambridge Road polytrack and all went well. The rest have been cantering on the polytracks racecourse side. The vicar called in to give us some divine inspiration, which is always helpful, and he is a great enthusiast and support for all the staff in town.

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(L) Four Fifty Three and (R) Clearance

We have one runner tonight at Kempton. Gee Sixty Six runs in the 7.10 over one mile four furlongs. We are going just a little bit further this time, and his draw is not very good. He got no sort of run last time out when he was hampered twice and I think tactics will play a big part here tonight. He is not without a chance in this handicap if things fall his way.

Rum Ration

I see Ascot have boosted their prize money once again so the big Royal Ascot meeting will now get over £7 million in prize money. Of course the people who have horses at Royal Ascot don’t need the money, so once again the money put into racing will go to the top elite. I know the call is to keep rewarding the best participants, or the ones with the most ability, but you need the grass roots level and the middle market and that part of the industry is still 10 years behind what it should be. In my opinion this extra money, although it may be Ascots own, should be boosting the middle market, rather than rewarding the top. It is not the money these overseas owners want, it is the prestige, whether it be at Ascot, York, Cheltenham or Aintree. The money is a secondary thought to them.

Velvet Voice

We have had no foals yet on the stud although there are four mares in the foaling boxes. The first is due next week, but there are not many signs of an imminent foaling as yet. We are getting through the list of stallions that will be covering the mares this year and it is always time consuming but great fun to try and get the right bloodlines together. Angie is brilliant at researching the right lines and nicks which go together, but then you have to find the stallion you can afford and one that has the confirmation and temperament that suits your mare. It is not an exact science though and as I have said before you need a big helping of luck to play a major part. Talking about luck, Mystic Meg has a new range of jewellery out, see her website which is great value and would be brilliant as presents or good luck charms for anybody.


The weather today is awful

Monday, 15 January 2018

"Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you."

Roger Ebert.

On Hamilton Hill in the rain

It’s an extremely wet and very windy morning with heavy bands of rain blowing across at frequent intervals. The forecast is for it to be like it for most of the day and then clear up before more showers and colder weather arrive from mid-week onwards. I just hope we don’t get that American east coast weather where it was minus 30. Apart from one non-runner, we have got a full complement of staff and everybody is working really well, despite the terrible weather. Getting the horses in and out on days like this is easy in our situation as we are adjacent to the Hamilton Hill canter and it is perfect for a good trot and a normal canter. All has gone well so far.

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(L) Topapinion and (R) TTMAB

We were delighted to see Indian Red win at Wolverhampton on Saturday night. He did it in clear cut fashion and is certainly starting to improve as he grows into his frame. He is a great big horse who has needed time and will keep improving for the next couple of years. He will make a very good hurdler, but that could wait until next year. His dam has been marvellous and has bred so many winners. We have got a yearling in the field at home which looks very strong and will be in next season.

Astrofire ran perfectly adequately at Southwell yesterday. She handled the surface ok and in a race that I think with throw up a few winners, she performed with great credit. She will get a handicap mark now and we will just have a look at that before deciding which way to go with her.

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(L) Ness Of Brodgar and (R) Rum Ration

There was an interesting development in Ireland at the end of last week when the Ballydoyle team lost a court case about whether their staff was classified as agriculture workers or not. This could have a real big knock on effect with staff in Ireland and I am sure an appeal to a higher court will be imminent. When working with any animal, it is not a nine to five job, it is 24 hours a day, seven days a week and everybody who runs a business understands this. The staff work tremendously hard in all conditions (today is a typical example) and the employers try to give them as much leeway as possible, but the horses and the animals are the ones that matter and should take preference. I hope that common sense will prevail in this case as for the life of me I cannot see why anybody would want to complain, or feel aggrieved, about Aidan and his team.

Taking a turn


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