A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

It's a bumper read in the Racing Post today

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

Les Brown.

It's an overcast morning

It’s another dry morning with a few showers forecast for today. It has been one of those mornings. It all started with one getting loose at the bottom of Warren Hill grass. It proceeded to gallop up the hill and then cause havoc with all the strings taking turns in the wood at the top. Nick Patton, The Jockey Club manager, came to the rescue and caught the horse. By the time I had arrived with the pilot, he had got everything under control. Things have gone slightly smoother since, thank goodness. It is the first loose one we have had for a while now out on the heath, but I can tell you with the mass of horses out there, there have been plenty others.

Warming up in the indoor school

It looks like we will be having a runner tomorrow, as Lingfield turf has been abandoned and they have put on a “jumpers bumpers” card with different conditions for each race. Luckily Akula has qualified for one, and will be having a run to keep him sharp for when it does eventually dry up and we can run him over hurdles.

Walking out to exercise

There is plenty in the Racing Post today to keep everybody interested. A new job for Simon Crisford, the BHA taking samples from an Irish trainers yard, a trainers daughter getting abused on Twitter and Ascot changing the timings of its Royal Ascot meeting, to try and get viewers back in the fold. It is all going on. The most interesting article, I thought, is the one on the amalgamation of the Irish, British and French associations who promote racing worldwide. This can only be a good idea, as the Americans and Aussies will be hard at it trying to persuade all the middle and far eastern owners to buy horses from them. If we can work together to get them over here, it will benefit everybody. Let’s hope for once they can all be work together in harmony, rather than for their own interests.