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

A nice pick of grass today

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."



It’s a glorious morning with very little wind. We have just had a very quiet cantering morning after yesterdays work day. A steady canter with a quiet walk back and a good pick of grass in the yard, has been the order of the day. We have got plenty more staff, which I am delighted with, and I can really start to plan ahead. Hopefully we will be having some runners in the not too distant future.


My comments yesterday about ‘am I missing something on the government’s crackdown on gambling?’ are the same today. I see the Jockey Club Racecourse Chief Simon Bazalgette, has warned against the Prime Ministers ideas. I still don’t understand their thinking, as we are just starting to get on top of this situation. The bookmakers are on the back foot, which means we must be in a strong position to negotiate more prize money. This to me is the whole life blood of the industry. We have a minority of owners at the top, who have very little interest in the prize money situation and race for the glory and prestige, but for the majority of owners, and to encourage new ones to come into the game, we must have a huge rise in the prize money in the middle to bottom races. I will be watching this situation with interest.

Having a nice pick of grass

It’s great to see a new handicap being introduced on Champions Day. It will be the riches mile handicap in Europe, but it is at the expense of the apprentice race. If we are to encourage the next generation of jockeys, it is a disappointment for it to be dropped. I wish Great British racing could get their act together and work with the BHA to form a series of apprentice races, and conditional races for that matter, which would mean something. The English apprentice system isn’t producing the jockeys of tomorrow. Something needs to be done about it.