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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

"All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden."

Terri Guillemets.

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My Guardian Angel

It’s an overcast morning but still warm and no wind. The forecast is for it to get much colder this weekend, and we may even have some frost. There is still time for us to get some snow, although I cannot remember a more frost free winter for a long time. I know it has been wet but very little frost. We have been cantering on Bury Side and put one or two through the stalls once again. It has not gone smoothly exactly, but no harm done and they all went out and came back.

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Astrocat

We have one runner today, at Pontefract. Swilken runs in the 2.45, the 1m 2f maiden. I didn’t let him run the other day at Epsom on the soft ground, but today’s ground should be more to his liking. He is a great big strong colt, who will benefit enormously from today’s run, but I can see him running a sound race nevertheless.

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Topaling, Peeps and Crystal Pearl

I see the BHA gave their blessing to dig up the grass track at Newcastle, and ruin hundreds of years of history. They have also given Great Leighs (Chelmsford City) their blessing. Great Leighs was already an all-weather track but shouldn’t have been allowed to open when it did, with the track finances not in a proper state. Nevertheless it got going, and was very popular with Newmarket trainers. Let’s hope this new consortium put enough prize money into it to make it successful this time. As for Newcastle, to me, it is completely crackers and a backward step to dig up one of the best grass tracks in the country. There is a big demand for a track in the north, quite rightly, but Newcastle isn’t the place. There doesn’t seem to be anybody who has British racing at heart, or even a proper plan for the future. We are just being sold down the swanny on a daily basis, by the executives of the BHA, who will soon be moving on to pastures new without a backward glance at our British racing. Why we can’t find a British person with the brains to run our racing, and have a plan out in the open that everybody agrees with, I don’t know. There is nobody who knows what is going on, it is all done behind closed doors. Mark my words, it will ruin our industry in the long term. We have always been a sport with tremendous history, but sadly it has been lost to marketing men and the company’s which see a quick buck being made. The only hope on the horizon is Jockey Club racecourses, who re-invest their profit, but I don’t see any great plan at the moment with them either.