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Three runners today

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

"Talk does not cook rice."

Chinese Proverb.



It's an overcast morning with no wind and very muggy. We have rain forecast for later in the day and I hope we will have a good inch which is so badly needed. It will be the first that Newmarket has had for a while. Everybody is in bright and early today and we are getting on well with the horses, with pipe openers for the two that run tomorrow and the rest having good canters.


Honey Blosssom doing a pipe opener...  


with Four Fifty Three and Rum Ration yesterday

We have three runners today, all of them are two year olds, with two at Wolverhampton this afternoon and one at Brighton this evening. Four Fifty Three, who has run twice before, and Rum Ration, making his debut, are the two at Wolverhampton. Four Fifty Three is drawn well in stall one and it will be interesting to see how this big scopy colt will handle the Wolverhampton course, plus he will be in all the kick back possible. Rum Ration is drawn in stall ten on the outside and will have to slot in quickly. He will benefit greatly from today's outing.

Tonight's runner is Honey Blossom who made her debut at Yarmouth. This is a completely different track with its turns, hill and camber. We are having to take on everybody's runners today and I hope Brighton has some rain before the race. Gabriele Malune rides.


Saint Anthony

We were talking yesterday about the apprentice system and how it is claimed they are being exploited. Well, if you read what Richard Fahey has to say about it you see it is not all one way. He puts the figures of what everybody earns out there and it shows that for every apprentice ride he would lose £10 to £12. He also states that he thinks the Professional Jockeys' Association is being so aggressive about this that very shortly nobody will want the hassle of having an apprentice. I cannot agree more and it was what I was trying to get across yesterday. The apprentice system may need a few tweeks but at present there are plenty of opportunities being offered to apprentices, as we are giving Gabriele today and tomorrow but I make nothing out of it and Mr. Cumani will lose £20. I think the Racing Post has stirred up a couple of items lately ie: the whip and this apprentice situation. I don't know why, it doesn't make people buy more papers.



I see the Derby winner, Wings Of Eagles, is recovering well from injury and they don't need to put a pin in the sesamoid bone at the back of his joint. I don't know the exact situation but if he is not going to race again and just be a  stallion time is the best healer, and often with these operations horses can do harm to the other leg when they attempt to stand up after the operation.


The apprentice system

Monday, 10 July 2017

"The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith."




It's a warm sunny  morning and after a very clear sky at five o'clock we are now getting high clouds rolling in. There are thunderstorms forecast for later on and a bit more general rain tomorrow. We certainly need a constant and steady downpour. It's been a good morning so far with everybody in and working well. I gave tomorrow's runners a pipe opener on the Rubbing House and the majority of the other horses have been cantering on Southfields Round.


Gee Sixty Six

Both runners on Saturday failed to make the frame but they ran with reasonable promise. The ground was too firm for Velvet Voice who wouldn't let herself down. Dot Green travelled really well and, although it was a good race, we may go back to seven furlongs. We have three runners tomorrow and two on Wednesday. I think we are not far off having a burst of  pleasing runners. By the way what a fantastic race the Eclipse was on Saturday at Sandown. Although there were a few hard luck stories, the two that drew clear produced an extremely exciting finish.


Bracken Brae

There is an article today on apprentice jockeys and how they are being supposedly exploited by trainers. There are plenty of pros and cons with the apprentice system and I have always thought something needed doing about it. We have very few young jockeys coming along and without doubt there needs to be a good shake-up. The author of today's piece seems to think it's all about finance and how the apprentices don't claim their expenses. This is easily got round, but most of them share cars which leads to plenty of problems when producing reciepts.

The major point he fails to comment on is that a lot of apprentices now days have their licence attached to one trainer but don't work in the yard. This problem needs thinking outside the box and whether the way forward is to have them all called jockeys with their own licences (allowances would still be claimed up to a certain number of winners, age no barrier). Then trainers would only pay them if and when they rode any work, or if and when they worked in the yard. Everybody would get full fees and they would pay their own expenses. There would be no cry of being exploited then. Sadly I think in reality the trainers who give apprentices rides would very quickly diminish.

This last paragraph would certainly sort the financial side out but would it help them progress and learn? The jockeys' coaches are a good initiative but the trainers are the ones who educate them about all aspects of racing. Being keen and ambitious is admirable but you cannot run - or ride - before you can walk. Gaining experience and profile is not always about finance. There is a saying, "In the business world everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later."



Another thought provoking article today is whether in foal runners should be declared or not. You can go on and on about what information should be available to the public and I think this is one of those situations that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.


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