Horse welfare is paramount ...

We have one runner today at Yarmouth

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"Outside the open window

The morning air is all awash with angels."

Richard Purdy Wilbur.

It's another foggy day

It’s a really foggy morning once again; in fact it has only got worse as it has got lighter. At a quarter past five it wasn’t too bad, but by the time we got down to the Al Bahathri at first lot, it had really closed in. Everything worked well from what I could see as they galloped past me at the 6f pole, and it is certainly a good job we have got the Al Bahathri to work on, on mornings like this. We are also very grateful to the high visibility jackets, the material that I wish I had invented.

My Guardian Angel

We have one runner today at Yarmouth, where Swilken runs in the 6f maiden. We have tried a few trips with him this year but he has pulled very hard each time. The form of his races have worked out very well, and the application of an eye shield and a big drop in trip is an experiment we are taking today. We will have to wait and see how it all works out.

Bracken Brae and Peeps

I see the bookmakers have come up with some new ideas as to how they can try and sort out the problem gamblers. Ideas like having no advertising in their shop windows about the machines inside and not having TV adverts before 9 o’clock advertising free bets. If that is the best they can do I hope the government quickly brings in the new legislations which will minimise the stake and number of machines in each shop. I just hope that politician are strong enough and stay in place long enough to see the whole thing through. I am all for working with the bookmakers who make our industry work to the best of its capacity, but it must be a two way partnership. It seems to me it has only been going one way for quite a considerable amount of time.

Smile That Smile

The opening of The Racing Centre went very well last night and I think everybody who attended was suitable impressed by the new facilities we have developed. We now need to encourage the staff to use the centre as much as possible; it’s purely for their benefit. I think they will all love it.