Horse welfare is paramount ...

Let the challenge commence

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

"Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them 

alone in order to do it."


Comrade Bond

It’s another overcast cloudy morning and the wind, once again, is howling across the heath, which means it’s definitely still thick coat weather. We were using most of the canters on Bury Side this morning. They are getting plenty of use at present, as there seems to be every string in Newmarket descending upon them. I was talking to the heath estate manager first thing, about rearranging the bottom of the canters and how we can make it easier for everybody. I think there needs to be plenty of thought go into it, not rush but take our time getting it right for the future.

Prayer Time

I see there is a big article in the sports section of the Daily Telegraph today, by Paul Bittar, the BHA’s chief executive, and how he wants life bans for horses that have been doped. For once I really agree with this statement and hope he can get this through the BHA board. What he doesn’t say though, or at least I can’t see anything about it, is what he would do with the personnel who were doing it. It is one thing to ban the horses that are not covered by any human right act, or some strange European law, but when it comes to humans it may be a bit more difficult. I really hope he means what he says and can stick around long enough to put it into the statute books. I am sure we will be hearing more this week with the Festival underway, but let’s hope it is the great racing talking, not the negative side of our industry.

Refuse To Bend ex Four Miracles

Our tipping competition gets underway today and as I say the Marriott family have challenged me to the four days of Cheltenham. This is to a £10 level stake on every race and if there is a non runner it goes on the favourite. Our first day’s tips are below

1.30   Garde La Victoire  2.05  Dodging Bullets  2.40  Pacha du Polder  3.20  Ptit Zig  4.00 Little King Robin 4.40 Foxrock  5.15  Up To Something


1.30  Valseur Lido  2.05  Trifolium  2.40  Tour des Champs  3.20  Jezki  4.00  Glens Melody  4.40 Living Next Door  5.15 Pendra


1.30  Vautour  2.05  Champagne Fever  2.40  Wrong Turn  3.20  Hurrican Fly  4.00  Quevega  4.40 Shutthefrontdoor  5.15  Ericht