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The schooling morning went well

Thursday, 29 May 2014

"Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture."

Kak Sri.

My Guardian Angel (Joe)

It feels damp this morning but so it should do after all the rain we have had. It is overcast and the temperature is quickly rising and it is beginning to get very muggy. It’s a real mixture of a morning with several at first lot going up to the schooling grounds, to pop over the logs and the hurdles, and the others cantering on Bury Side. Second and third lot have been cantering on Warren Hill and the two-year-olds continue to progress in their breaking process.

Astrovirtue (Colin)

I was delighted with the schoolers and I even took Comrade Bond up there and popped him over the poles and tyres, just to give him something to think about. He jumped really well, so you never know, he may be seeing Fakenham after all. It does the horses no end of good just to pop the poles. It gives them a break from the cantering routine and they all seem to love it, and so do the riders. I had Colin Bolger and Joe Akehurst out this morning, two really good, keen lads and I am delighted to be giving them both rides this summers.

Humphry Repton

Our visitors on the hill have disappeared this morning, so maybe the powers that be had a word in their ear. I hope it doesn’t become a habit and it was just a one off. I would think the sound of horses and riders going by them from 5 o’clock in the morning, and the traffic whizzing down the Moulton Road in close proximity, might have concentrated their minds and they have moved on to a quieter place.

Whilst the Top Dog's away, the cat will play

There’s another article today in the Racing Post on the fixture list, and how the Bank Holidays nowadays don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to them. Once upon a time Bank Holiday racing was a real family day out and introduced young and new racegoers to the sport. In fact it was the first time I went racing to Warwick, many years ago now with the family, and with Granny Tompkins backing 33/1 winners, it grabbed my attention. These are the days that racing should be all over the country and available to everybody at a reasonable price to attend. However, the leaders of our industry, whether it is the BHA or the racecourses, all have different ideas. When you read the article you will see what I mean. There is no rhyme or reason to our fixture list and it seems to me to be getting worse. We are much better off though than the Italians. I was having a discussion with Luca Cumani about the industry over there and he was saying it has gone beyond recall. Let’s hope ours doesn’t go that way as well. We need people who are intelligent and determined to get this most important issue sorted. It has been a mish mash for much too long now.