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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book."


Another misty day

There is plenty of mist once again this morning and it is still hanging about as we write this at 9 o’clock. However, if the day is anything like yesterday, the sun will soon burn it off and we will be in shirt sleeves by mid morning. A steady canter and a good pick of Dr Green is the exercise of the day, with all the horses coming out of yesterday’s fast work well. Iin fact there were one or two lads hanging onto their neck straps as we walked back in.

Walking down the grass

At long last the BHA have come out and done something. They have said that Newcastle cannot have a race meeting under lights just on a straight mile. I think it will put Newcastle back a little bit and they will have to have a rethink. I am not actually sure what this will all mean in the big picture of things, but at least the Northumberland Plate will be safe for another year on the turf. There are some very interesting articles today in the Racing Post on varying subjects, including Newcastle, the Towcester greyhound track, and the Scottish independents vote where Mr Salmon, if winning his corner, will want a Scottish horseracing authority to replace the BHA. In fact there is plenty to read in the post today and it might just be worth the £2.10p it costs.

Hold Firm (Reece)

The best news to come out of yesterday was the horse Warrior, who Brough Scott has written an amazing book about. He is the grandson of the great horses’ owner, General Jack Seely, who has been awarded the Dickin medal on behalf of all the animals who saw action in the First World War. It is like getting the VC for horses. It is an absolutely amazing book and how he survived the war is unbelievable. He had plenty of near misses and I encourage you to buy the book, which is now under £10, and read the story. I have just had an idea; it might be a great idea to award some of our old racehorses a medal when they have achieved something spectacular. It needs some thought.