Horse welfare is paramount ...

A wet and cold Bank Holiday Monday

Monday, 25 August 2014

"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."

Raymond Hull.

Topamichi (Farhan)

It’s a damp morning and much cooler once again. I think autumn is definitely on its way. It was very quiet in town this morning, and on the heath. I don’t know why it should be on this Bank Holiday, but it tends to be like that any time there is a public holiday. We have been out cantering on Warren Hill and all has gone very smoothly.

Prayer Time (Farhan) and Astromajor (Ali)

We will be starting our second lot of weaning this week, and as we had fewer foals this year than last, it will soon be all over. However, we have one or two late foals which Angie might leave with the mares a bit longer. It always seems to go very well and it is only the occasional mare or foal that worries for a day or two, but if you have them in the right groups with their friends, they soon settle down. It is just like going to a new school.

Blue Bounty (Jessica) and Smile That Smile (Reece)

It is disappointing the see that Clare Balding is considering leaving Channel 4 racing. She is by far and away the best presenter, is always well rehearsed and researched and puts everything over in a very professional way, also the public get to know her from her other broadcasting jobs, whether it be on the TV or the radio. I would hope they would try and offer her a package she couldn’t refuse, as we don’t want the viewing figures going down even more. A good racing product on TV is a must.

Walking home in the rain

It is the end of Warwick as a flat racing track today, which is very disappointing and another nail in the coffin for turf racing. We seem to be losing turf courses at a great rate of knots and Bath looks to be on the radar next. This has all been brought about by a few jockeys complaining about the bend, which could have easily been sorted out. It had been no trouble for years until they started using moveable rails, which they have obviously been putting at the wrong angle. My fear about a glut of all weather racing is getting nearer