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Friday, 19 December 2014

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."

Anatole France.

Coming down the new walking ground

It was quite a wet night and a dark, damp morning but still a very mild temperature. It has got a bit better as the day has gone on and at present there is some blue sky starting to show. We had a good canter round Side Hill polytrack first lot and then Warren Hill polytrack second lot, with Topaling doing her own thing with Sophie around Side Hill grass. She is a real character and you have to keep her happy with various alternatives to canter. The new yearlings, next year’s two-year-olds, are mostly all ridden away now and all is going smoothly. As I said yesterday it is like going to school for the first time for them and they really love it.

Topaling (Sophie) going over Side Hill

The new BHA board is starting to cause some problems. The horsemen are not happy with the appointment of the Arc company chairman David Thorpe, who they quite rightly think has caused trouble in the past and has been at loggerheads with the Horsemen’s Group for many years over various issues. If this is the start of the new board it looks to me as if we are in for a long bumpy ride, but it is what I thought we were going to get when seeing the make up of the new members.

Topaling (Sophie) finishing off the canter

The new chief executive of the BHA has announced he is going to start earlier than anticipated, and Mr Bittar will have a whole week to hand over to him. You can’t make it up.

Blue Bounty (Yaz)

I see Peter Thomas in the Racing Post today is another one who agrees with Sir Mark Prescott’s whip rule idea that the winners should be disqualified if not keeping within the rule. He says ‘if it was brought in, it would change mindsets in no time at all’. This is what we have been saying for a long time, but have the powers that be got the will or the strength to bring it in and enforce it.