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A good work morning

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

"Home is not where you live but where they understand you."

Christian Morgenstern.

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Blue Bounty (Joe) Peeps (Ted Durcan) Astrocat (John) and Lexi Grady Alice (Emilie)

It’s an overcast morning but very close and it feels like we will have some thunderstorms in the not too distant future. We have been galloping horses across the flat this morning, which was remarkably good fast ground after all the rain we have had. Ted Durcan and Joe Akehurst were riding out for us and we managed to get some good work into several of the horses. It is great to get the feedback and we are progressing well.

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Hold Firm (Ted Durcan) and Prayer Time (Emilie) working

I see both Chelmsford City (Great Leighs) and Newcastle have been granted all-weather fixtures in 2015. I just hope this is not the tip of the iceberg with all-weather racing taking over the world. Most of it is so boring and puts off people in droves. I suppose it is down to prize money once again but the courses don’t like to put on good races as there are so many bad horses to fill up the poor races they do put on. It just seems amazing to me that we have gone down this line for so long, with no forward thinking right from the beginning. The trainers in the north have always been at a major disadvantage with no all-weather tracks, and if anybody had had any brains at all, we would have had a spread of all-weather tracks right from the beginning. Now we are getting everybody applying without any thought. It is typical of people who run our industry and I am sure the ones in situ now, will soon be disappearing to pastures new, with not a backward thought for us.

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View across the flat gallops on racecourse side

It was very sad to see that old Vintage Crop has died at age 27. He had been the first European trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, and what an achievement that was. He really put it up to the Aussies and they couldn’t believe how a horse from Europe could beat them in their own back yard. Unlike our country, who now give big subsidies to overseas visitors who come and run at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, our runners do not get a penny towards our travelling. That is not to say that they do not look after us very well when we get there, but a level playing field in regards to travelling will be beneficial to both jurisdictions.