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I am delighted with how this morning went

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

"A hundred hearts would be too few

To carry all my love for you."


Bracken Brae leading Astrosecret, Dot Green, Stellekaya and Topalova

After first lot

It’s another very warm morning, with no wind and we have cracked on early with two good lots of workers on the perfect surface of the Peat Moss gallop. Some older fillies came together in a bunch and then some two-year-old fillies quickened up for the first time led by Indian Red. To say I was delighted with everything is an understatement. Those of you that have been following this website for a long time will know the problems we have had with staff, but at this present moment in time, and let’s hope it last all year long, we have got a great bunch that get on really well and can all ride. It makes such a big difference and I am very thankful to the team involved.

Indian Red leading the 2YO fillies Honey Blossom, Astrojewel, Koin and True Calling

After second lot

The next two Classics get ever nearer and the publicity starts to crank up now. ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ was yesterday where a few of the competitors got to canter round Tattenham Corner and get used to the track, plus the press have a chance to quiz the connections on their wellbeing and hopes. Considering it is our biggest race, the publicity is obviously in the Racing Post but unlike the Melbourne Cup, it doesn’t seem to hit the dailies. For two or three weeks before the race in Australia the papers, TV news and radio is full of articles and pieces on all the entrants. It is obviously a different culture in Australia where everybody has a bet and enjoys the whole racing experience and the build up to the big race itself. It certainly stops the nation on the first Tuesday in November. It is such a shame that the Derby moved from its original Wednesday slot to a Saturday where it is now just another race in a big sporting day. I know I am a dinosaur, but I think it was a major mistake to move it and I just wish they would move it back.

Ginger Lady having a pick of grass

A funny thing happened at Redcar on Monday when, after a race, a filly was being led back to the stables, got loose and went into the stable lad’s canteen. I think she took one look at the food on offer and disappeared. I’m only joking here as the food and digs at Redcar is run very well.


It's a beautiful spring day

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

"If you get no as an answer don’t forget, no stands for Next Opportunity."


Gee Sixty Six leading Dixon and Clearance at first lot

It is a glorious spring morning with the heath looking in great condition after last week’s rain. It was unbelievably quiet as we galloped some older horses at first lot and it was very similar at second lot when some two-year-old colts came across together. Mornings like this on the heath are what training racehorses are all about and it was great to have Richard Marriott with me this morning to see some of his horses do fast work. I joked I was getting him fit as well as we had quite a long way to walk from where we were parked to across the gallops. The ground is perfect and all went well, the horses are coming on in leaps and bounds. I will be doing quite a bit of similar work this week, with plenty of runners from now onwards.

Lost The Moon upsides Velvet Voice

The standoff between Arc and some of the bookmakers continues with Sunderland and Newcastle greyhound tracks being bought by the company. This is all to do with the media rights and pictures in the betting shops. There must be an agreement soon between the parties. It is just common sense that people won’t go into the shops if there are no pictures, whether it is horseracing or greyhounds.

Desert River, Budgie and Four Fifty Three at second lot

It is fascinating to read the article today on how Betfair was started and the two other dynasty’s, William Hill and Bet 365. The one thing in common with all three is that they have all made a fortune within our industry and to be blunt, put very little back in. I blame our leaders and politicians for this as we could have a booming industry if we were running the gambling ourselves. It would have been so easy 60 years ago to have done this, but unfortunately now, we are entwined with commercial businesses that employ very bright people with an intellect far greater than the people running the country and our industry. Everybody is running around for the scraps which should never have happened.


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