Horse welfare is paramount ...

After some stalls training, they are now ready to run

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

"A pillow for thee will I bring,

Stuffed with down of angel’s wing."

Richard Crashaw.

Peeps (Jessica) and Bracken Brae (Abbie) jumping out 

It started off mild and dry this morning and we got away with it at first lot where we had a canter on Bury Side, but just as we were having a trot in the indoor ride at second lot, the heavens opened and it poured down for a good half an hour. It’s great for the ground here at Newmarket tomorrow, as it won’t dry up to be any faster than at least good. We put six horses through the stalls and they are now ready to run, which we will be doing in the very near future.

Astrodiamond (Reece) and Smile That Smile (Sophie) walking home

We have two runners today, both up at Redcar. Hold Firm runs in the mile nursery at 2.50. It is very hard to find these mile nurseries for lower rated horses, as they are few and far between hence the big field. It will be interesting to see how the draw plays out, but he improved last time to run a good fourth and there has been some reasonable form following on from that run. There looks to me to be one or two unexposed horses here that are having their first fun in a nursery today, but I am sure he will not be disgraced and should run another sound race.

Our other runner is My Guardian Angel who runs in the 1m 2f race at 4.35. The ground will only just be ok for him and he ran a very sound race in his last two runs, both on the flat and over hurdles, in fact he was very unlucky not to have won both of them. This looks a reasonably competitive race but I am hopeful of another good run.

It's nice to see Darren and Steve happy in their work

I see the self certification of the non-runner rule has reared its head again, with two trainers having the ability to do so without a veterinary certificate withdrawn. 48 hour declarations have a lot to answer for and there will always be people who try and get round the system. It is always annoying when you get a draw in a race that you know you can’t win from, but owners understand this as well as trainers and although costly, it is up to the tracks themselves to improve the ground and position of the stalls so that it is fair to everybody. You just can’t withdraw because you don’t like the draw. But I am afraid in some cases this is what happens, especially when horses have got to travel a long way, at huge expense, with the knowledge that they will have no hope whatsoever of earning any prize money. Until we get back to 24 hour declarations and no self certificates, this will continue to happen.