Velvet Vista runs at 5.45 followed by Astrojewel in the 8.45 ...

The Scoop 6 is there for the taking

Monday, 12 May 2014

"If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose

 of joy is a spiritual cure."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


It is an overcast morning, and we missed all the rain which most of the country got at the weekend. I think it was under 2mm that we got in short showers, and it has not affected the ground at all, in fact I would think it would be on the good to firm side at Newmarket racecourse later in the week. We have been cantering on Bury Side all morning and with every member of staff in, and a new one started, we have been able to get on well. It was surprisingly quiet on the heath today.


The Scoop 6 wasn’t won at the weekend and will be rolled over once again to next week. It is multi millions now and although it is very much worth winning, I would think there are a lot of people who have lost a lot of money trying to win it, especially the big syndicates who have multiple entries. It gets plenty of publicity within the industry, but it seems to me very little outside it. With the jackpot as it is, I would have thought it was a perfect time to promote the Tote and racing to the wider audience, but as yet I don’t see much of that happening. Where are the big adverts in the daily papers? 

Astrovirtue and Comrade Bond

Another shambles at Ludlow at the weekend. I didn’t see the race and can only comment on what I have read, but once again it is racing which looks a fool. The BHA needs to get a grip as soon as possible and sort this amateurishness out. I am sure that racecourses would say it is the cost of installing new lights or means of communicating to the jockeys, as the thing holding them back. However, it is always the owner who looses out of the races called void. The expenses, time and money have all been lost, plus the opportunity to win prize money. There is never a problem putting a pop group on, or building a new stand to accommodate corporate hospitality and betting in running punters, but when it comes to sorting out the starting procedure, we are in a different age and there is nobody keen to get their hands dirty. Don’t blame the jockeys, blame the authorities.