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

Blue Bounty is back from his winter break

Thursday, 20 March 2014

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The 

difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."

Henry Van Dyke.

Peeps (Halling ex Twelfth Night) 

It’s bright this morning but the temperature is pretty low and we are expecting the forecast rain to arrive here mid afternoon and then get colder tomorrow. All the horses are doing very good exercise, especially when we canter on Long Hill polytrack which winds its way up towards Warren Place. It seems one of the quieter canters and the horses can learn to relax and breathe properly as they are exercised.

Blue Bounty, back from Garrowby

We had a late night last night with another foal arriving. A colt once again by Sir Percy out of Missouri. She was 10 days over her due date but all went according to plan and a big chesnut foal appeared late yesterday evening. She always has very nice foals and they have all had ability. Crystal Pearl was her winner last year and we are hoping she can really improve again this season and help the pedigree once again. We have now got a little bit of a wait until the next batch is due in April. It will give the lads a few days off from sitting up all night.

Chesnut colt by Sir Percy ex Missouri

Blue Bounty arrived back from Garrowby yesterday looking in great condition. He has been doing plenty of exercise up there and we can get on with him straight away. He showed a lot of ability in the spring and ran well on his debut and at Chester. I do think he had problems whilst he was growing and the time off will have done him the power of good. Let’s hope he can reward his loyal fans this season. There are one or two shares still left for sale or lease in him and anybody coming into him will get plenty of racing during the season.

Mum and baby bonding

The budget was yesterday and the chancellor certainly made some unexpected, but welcome moves that involved our industry. He increased the duty on the machines in the shops up from 20-25%. He revealed the possibility of a racing right that would be considered as a solution to replacing the levy in the future and the government will consult shortly on extending the levy to offshore bookmakers. This would be a very positive move and although the bookmakers will no doubt scream about all these changes, we saw yesterday on the all-weather how people are trying to manipulate the betting market to survive. If the prize money was up and winning the race was worthwhile, there would be very little need for these bad headlines. Let’s hope the government continue in this vane, keep strong, push these moves through and our industry can get on a much stronger footing for the future. We must work together with all parties, but it has to be fair to everybody.