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We worked on the Peat Moss gallop this morning

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

"Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light. All other impossibilities are optional."

Robert Brault.

Desert River on the Peat Moss gallop

This morning it’s a carbon copy of yesterday. When I was feeding at just after four, I was feeding in moonlight and you can see why these moons are called poachers moons as it was nearly daylight. There is no wind, a perfect temperature and everything has ticked over well. We had Gabriele in very early and then Stevie Donohoe came in and rode two pieces of good work on the Peat Moss gallop. I was having a conversation with one of the heathmen this morning, Edward, see picture below, and he was telling me he thinks there will be very little rain this month, and he could be right. Apart from using the Peat Moss, we have been mainly on the polytracks close to home. One or two staff are starting to turn up and we have a couple prospective good ones in the pipeline, although we still need a feeder and travelling person. Two really responsible, well paid jobs with plenty of perks, you just wonder where the next generation of senior staff are coming from. 

     13_Koin__Blaze     29_Secret__Stelle
(L) Koin and Astroblaze and (R) Astrosecret and Stellekaya

I see the Irish are getting tough on their integrity with several recent cases. Their most high profile team have just had a horse suspended and the jockey banned for, seemingly, the jockey not putting in enough effort. This is a new rule which has suddenly come in and although I haven’t seen the race in question, it cannot have been as bad as the one we saw the other night at Chelmsford where, after appeal, the BHA exonerated one of our high profile jockeys with a similar matter. It should be a level playing field for everybody, but it is very hard to prove one way or other and we will always get ones that slip through the net. We do need strong policing of our sport, both integrity and vet wise. It gives the public confidence to have a bet in the knowledge that if there are any misdemeanours, they will be punished.

Edward the heathman

I see we still haven’t got European approval for the reform of the Levy and we are starting to miss out on income already. Why we couldn’t have got it sorted out to coincide with all parties is beyond me as I have said before, and I still suspect something will come out of the woodwork to thwart it, but let’s hope not and the extra income can be used correctly. 


The Guv'nor is the winner of the tipping competition

Monday, 10 April 2017

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

G.K. Chesterton.

Pulling out

Its’s a good spring morning once again with no breeze and just a pleasant temperature. I think the weather is set to be a bit cooler this week, but it is what we can expect during April. It’s been another one of those mornings in the yard with one staff member not turning up after his holidays and the feeder, who I thought was going to be good, parted company with us at the weekend, so the Guv’nor is back in full control with 4 o’clock feeding. The staff situation throughout England and Ireland is getting to a crisis state, and the powers that be, in both countries, need to start taking it seriously. I am not sure what it is, but I would guess it is something to do with the school leaving age, as well as the Far East migrants who are now banned from entering both countries. I am sure the careers people working on our behalf only do so at half pace and they need a bit of a stir up to get the schools full to bursting of prospective staff. We have been getting on well with the horses though and we have had three lots out so far all doing two cantering on Hamilton Hill. 



It was a very good National with no casualties and the new cooling down area seemed to work very well. It does take away a bit of the atmosphere and excitement when the winner walks back into the hallowed winning enclosure at Aintree and I am not sure why they can’t have a similar facility close by to that enclosure for the first four. The TV coverage, I thought, was very good over the three days, but viewing figures were down for the big race and I am not sure whether it is the time at 5.15, or that people are just not interested. Personally I think it is the time, but we will have to wait and see another year or two.

Brushing with her Casamento colt foal

Our tipping competition finished on Saturday and there were plenty of ebbs and flows with me having a couple of winners and then Richard picking the National winner to go back in front. However, my last grasp, an 8/1 winner, sealed the day for a more skilful form student. Rebecca had a third in the National which was good for her and the final figures were as follows

MHT minus £14.43

Richard minus £116.35

Roll on Royal Ascot where it will be even simpler.


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