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Autumn is here

Thursday, 20 September 2018

"Autumn is the season of change."

Taoist proverb.

Roof Garden

It was raining as I drove in in the dark this morning and I think we have had just over 5 mls which will have freshened the ground up and stopped me watering the pots in the yard. It has cleared now but there is still plenty of cloud about, and it looks to me as if autumn is on its way. A good morning with the horses once again with everybody in and all working well.

Pageant Master pulled out

... and cantering on Hamilton Hill

Our runner yesterday ran with great credit on ground that I was not too sure about. She will have benefitted enormously from the whole experience and will be much more competitive next time. The clerk of the course and the ground staff have done a tremendous job with the course and deserve all the plaudits they receive. All other racecourse personnel should go and have a look at the Yarmouth ground as the clerk keeps the grass a good length and certainly does not over water.


I see there was a bit of aggro about the accomodation for stable staff at Bevereley. I'm pleased it made headlines in the Racing Post as the stables and the lads' accomodation always seem low down on the list of priorities for racecourse improvements. The racecourse money goes mainly to the customers' requirements, but you can't do anything without the "actors" and the staff, and they are without doubt the ones that need careful attention.

Velvet Vision


We have one runner today at Yarmouth

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

"This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present."

Deepak Chopra.

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The Winn's visiting their horses Pageant Master (L) and True Calling (R)

It’s a windy morning but still very mild and as yet no sign of rain, and I am afraid the ground is drying up very quickly. We are starting to get anxious about when we will get some rain as autumn ground is very badly needed. Everybody is in this morning once again and we have been doing some very good exercise with everything. All has gone well.


Farne Odyssey and Four Fifty Three

Astrobreeze didn’t act on the fast ground yesterday at Yarmouth. I was pleased how she settled and crept into the race but once asked for an effort, she wouldn’t let herself go on the quick surface and Liam Jones looked after her. We will have to wait to get some much softer going and I will also be schooling her over some hurdles. Every jockey that rides her reports that she has ability and we are just going to have to be patient until the right conditions come along.

We have one runner today, at Yarmouth once again and I am just hoping the ground won’t be too firm for this filly. Garrel Glen runs at 3 o’clock in the seven furlong maiden. This looks a well above average race with some high class horses and several well related new comers. It could turn out to be one of those races that plenty of winners come from. Garrel Glen is only one of two fillies taking on the colts and the experience will do her no end of good.

Velvet Voice

There seems to be never ending lists of new bookmakers who are trying to get the punters money. There’s a very different one, Betconnect, to be launched and it seems very complicated to me. It is all about connecting to professional gamblers and once again you can back to win or lose. These are the sort of sites, along with the other overseas betting internet companies which take money out of the game and don’t put anything back. It is all above my head though. I am sure somebody will explain it to me one day.

The third Racing Post piece on the gambling industry is about the on course bookmakers who seem to be leaving the industry in their droves. The old fashioned bookmarker is certainly a thing of the past and the exchanges have ruined it for these men of the ring. I don’t know what the BHA are going to do about this situation, if anything, but if they don’t do anything the courses will lose the bookmakers and racing will start to lose its appeal.


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