Happy 90th Birthday to my mother
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
"A mother's love is forever."
Once again it's colder than yesterday and in fact early on there was a good ground frost and bands of rolling fog across the Heath. Both disappeared when the sun came up and it looks set to be another dry day. Both jockeys came in again this morning so we have been doing some good work on the Rubbing House and Round canters. All has gone well so far.
A very "Happy Birthday" to my brilliant Mum who is 90 today and still going as strong as ever. She is a really amazing lady whose life is always full of enjoyment. She is a great example to us all. She is without doubt the matriarch of the whole clan, and the majority of them will be congregating for her party.
We have still not received the European Commission's approval of the new Levy system, but the BHA still state that they remain confident of receiving it shortly. Whether the General Election called yesterday will cause problems we shall have to wait and see.
The Craven Breeze-Up had it's first half of lots sold last night with huge gains in all departments, and I think something like thirty horses made over £100,000 each. I know there will be one or two good horses come out of this sale but I wish somebody would do a study on what does actually happens in the long run with the whole catalogue. The two-year-old Excelebration colt above, Budgie, is for sale at a much more sensible price and is a lovely horse - see our "Horses For Sale" page for further details.
The Craven meeting starts today
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense."
Robert G. Ingersoll.
The stands on (L) The July Course and (R) The Rowley Mile
It's a bright but very cold morning with the temperature way down on yesterday, but there's no rain and none likely this week. The ground is called "Good, good to firm" on the Rowley Mile for the start of the Craven Meeting. We have kept to the polytracks all morning and everything has ticked over well.
Back of the Flat
By all accounts the Lingfield bonanza on Good Friday was very well attended and there was competitive racing for the prize money. We were told there was only going to be one meeting on Good Friday but now there are three - how long before there are six? The other big disappointment was that the £100 a lead up for all stable staff working on Good Friday, which has been given for the last three years to all runners, was dropped. Whilst on the subject of perks for staff, why are they the only professionals on the racetrack who don't get offered any free food? Owners, trainers, jockeys, stewards, and officials all do, but the stable staff have to pay for their own.
Gee Sixty Six
It's the first day of the Craven Meeting today and the first day of the major British classic trials. There will be plenty of bubbles burst and one or two blown up. Plus we have the Craven Breeze-Up Sale starting tonight at Tattersalls where I am sure there will be many huge bids for the choicest lots.
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