A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

A good morning cantering in the dusk

Friday, 24 October 2014

"Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift."

Margaret Lee Runbeck.

Topamichi (Farhan)

It is amazingly mild this morning, which always happens when I predict the winter is upon us and it is going to stay cold. You certainly didn’t need your winter clothes first thing, in fact it was nearly t-shirt weather. It just goes to show you can’t believe the forecasters. We have been cantering on Bury and Long Hill this morning and the two-year-olds have stayed in the indoor ride. They look to be much brighter, but one or two of the temperatures are still up in the morning. Maybe the warmer nights and two rugs on them, in the very sheltered yard have caused a problem. We will keep monitoring them very closely.

Comrade Bond (Sophie) and Toptempo (Jimmy Quinn)

We will be having no runners this weekend but there is quite good racing at Doncaster and Newbury, with the Racing Post trophy at Doncaster, which always throws up a top class horse. Kingston Hill, the Leger hero, won it last year. The interesting horse in this race is Celestial Path, with the trainer being very cautious with his string not to over face them. It must be a pointer. I think our only runner in this race was Even Top, who was beaten a head and went on to be short headed in the Guineas. It is amazing what shorter distance can mean to a horses career, although he is now becoming more famous for being the sire of Cirrus Des Aigles. He was a cracking horse and cost only €24,000.

The fencing is coming on well

I hope the headline on the front of the Racing Post will be the last we see of the steroids scandal, as we can do without more bad publicity. The Irish Department of Agriculture were the people responsible for the visit, not the Irish Turf Club but they will now be looking into the case to see what action can be taken. It seems funny to me that a government authority is doing the inspections rather than the racing authority itself. 

Mo is doing a good job of creosoting the fences

The discussion on overly strong Saturday meetings continue and the key one in July, when we had the July Cup at Newmarket, York’s Magnet Cup, Ascot and Chester on the same day, is the main one in question. It is fascinating to read of the crowd attendance. York got 35,000 the same as Chester, Ascot got 20,000 and Newmarket was 12,000, so to me it is a complete no brainer. The whole of the July meeting wants to go back to its original position. I am sure it will benefit everyone greatly, it would certainly help trainers and jockeys enormously. The argument of overseas picture rights is a very thing one. Somebody has to make a move, hold their hands up and say we will put this right. It cannot continue as it is.