Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

Sunshine and showers this week

Monday, 19 May 2014

"I soon found out you can't change the world.  The best you can do is to learn to live

 with it."

Henry Miller.

Comrade Bond

It’s another lovely warm morning with blue skies and no wind; this is after the very hot weekend we have just had. I think the forecast is for a mixture of sunshine and showers all week, hopefully some heavy! A walk, a trot and a canter round Side Hill polytrack has been the exercise this morning and so far so good.

My Guardian Angel

It was a disappointing run by Akula yesterday at Market Rasen, and I think a change of scenery, he is in the Doncaster sales tomorrow, will do him the power of good. He looked very good when winning his hurdle race at Wetherby and his chasing career was not glorious, but he jumps fences well and I think point to point, after a spell of hunting, will be just the thing for him. A very kind horse, he has always had very sound limbs.


There’s a great article on Northern Dancer today in the Post. It tells us of his whole career, from foal right through to stallion and all the brilliant horses he has sired. What a legacy he has left the bloodstock industry and although only small in stature, he was very big in heart. It is a must read for everybody.

Blue Bounty

The other point to ponder on is the article on poor payers by Lee Mottershead. The gist of it is the stance the BHA have taken with a certain trainer, the ins and outs nobody really knows, but my point here, and it comes up in the article, is that the jockeys are paid their fees through Weatherbys but trainers are not. It might be the time now to bring in, or start a conversation about, any new owner who comes into the industry pays the basic training fees charged by the trainer through Weatherbys. It works in Hong Kong. It might be tricky to start with but I am sure all trainers and their suppliers would be happy to see it come in.