Horse welfare is paramount ...

One runner today at Brighton

Thursday, 16 October 2014

"If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you

 think about it."

Mary Engelbreit

Singing Hinnie (Yaz) coming out of the indoor ride

It poured with rain once again last night. It started early evening and was still going strong when I put the dog out at 10 o’clock. It is overcast today but still very warm for this time of year. We have been out with the older horses on Long Hill grass, which is taking this rain amazingly well and as usual the two-year-olds are just walking in the indoor ride. We had a very good set of temperatures this morning, all but two of them were nearly normal, but walking will be their exercise, certainly until the middle of next week.

Astrowolf (Jessica)

We have one runner today at Brighton. Comrade Bond runs in the 7f race at 4.40. He has had very little racing this year, purely because of the ground, but now it has gone very soft which he should handle. His blood was good last night, but so was Topamichi’s and he stopped like he was shot at the furlong pole, so we will have to see how he runs today. He has been moving as well as I have seen him for a long time at home and we must be reasonably hopeful of a good run.

Walking back to the yard

It is very sad to see the deaths recently of several jockeys worldwide, two in Australia and one in America. Tony McCoy is at present sidelined with a suspected collarbone injury and many jockeys have horrendous falls. I think I am right in saying that our sport is the only one that an ambulance follows and these incidents can happen at any time, especially when fields are ridden very close up. I have always thought, and there ought to be some research done into it and education should be compulsory, to learn how to fall. They have a special horse at the British Racing School which can simulate falls and budding jockeys, and even fully fledged jockeys, should have mandatory training on this machine.