Horse welfare is paramount ...

Two top class horses retire to stud

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

" Pretty is the queen that rules our land, o'er
hard-working peasants known by Substance."
Carrie Latet.

The sun breaking through at first lot this morning 

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday with no wind once again and no rain, although there is a good dew. We took the first lot of horses across town and worked on the ‘between the banks’ gallops. It is a peat moss strip between Boadicea Bank and the one built to stop the town seeing the end of the gallops. It was fantastic ground and Jimmy Quinn was singing its praises and asking why people don’t use it. My reply was that most of the new trainers don’t know where it is, as all they know is polytrack. It is a great shame but good for us. Second lot did three canters, culminating in a canter on the Limekilns grass canter, which although was alright, was nothing like as good a surface as the peat moss between the banks.

Bracken Brae (Abbie) and Smile That Smile (Jimmy Quinn)

I read that Kingman has been retired and will be joining the roster at Juddmonte Farms. He will retire to Banstead Manor Stud here in Cheveley, which makes the line up of stallions one of the best in the country, along with Frankel, Dansili, Oasis Dream, Champs Elysees etc. What a breeding system Khalid Abdullah has evolved. I know money is no object, but he has still done it in a quiet and very professional way. Also Toronado has retired to stand at the National Stud here in Newmarket. This is another very kind act by the Qatari sheikhs, as the National Stud has lacked investment and new stallions in the last few years, and needs to be supported and get lucky with a top class horse. I am sure there will be plenty more horses retired to stud in the next few months.

Astrodiamond (Joe Akehurst) and Toptempo (Yazmine)

I am not too sure about the new award for the world’s best rider, announced in the Racing Post today. It is all based on where the jockeys finish in the 100 highest rated races in the world. It looks to me like another idea by the marketing men to try and promote racing. Now I am not decrying any effort to promote our sport, but we seem to keep coming up with ideas and they soon fizzle out very quickly like a firework . The name Lester Piggot springs to mind when thinking of top jockeys and he didn’t need any promoting. He was just the best and everybody knew it and flocked to see him and back the horses he rode. Win, lose or draw, they never got upset. We have got to move on and promote the ones of today. A more organised jockey’s championship, with a top sponsor and publicity every day in the paper would help, as well as one for apprentices, both on the flat and over jumps. It is not rocket science and they can surely find a sponsor who would love to do it.