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The storm is on the way

Thursday, 15 January 2015

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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Careless Rapture for syndication or lease

It was a very windy night, with a few heavy rain squalls, but this morning brings us blue sky and no wind. It is the lull before the storm, as tonight is forecast to be very windy and wet. A good morning so far with everything going according to plan and I have had horses going in all directions doing their daily exercise routines.

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Topalova, half sister to Topaling, for sale or lease

Our runners yesterday failed to sparkle for one reason or another. I don’t think I will be running Comrade Bond at Kempton ever again, as he has run there before and disappointed. I think he is much better either going in a straight line, or on a left handed track. Astrowolf showed up well for a long way and only just faded in the straight. He wasn’t beaten that far in finishing seventh, about 5 ½ lengths behind the winner, and I will be giving him one more run in a similar type of contest before trying to find him a good home as a riding horse. He is a good, sound, happy horse and if anybody is interested, I have got one or two available at present.

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Stephen Wallis (L) and Nick Patton (R) Jockey Club Estates meeting trainers

I see Mr Bittar, the outgoing chief executive of the BHA, was announcing prize money in Britain is breaking records. That is a statistic, it is not the real truth and he still can’t get to the problem of small field sizes, which is so simple. If the prize money is poor and the expenses are high, then people don’t want to run. It is as simple as that. The new incumbents to the BHA have got to listen and take it in what the professionals are telling them and not live in their own gilded cage. 

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A clever pigeon finding shelter in the eaves of the indoor ride

I see two more Australians are facing an enquiry over this cobalt doping scandal. It’s not a surprise to many people in the industry, as we have seen it in athletics which has ruined their sport and cycling has always had a cloud over it. We must, as a worldwide industry, try everything we can do to keep our sport clean of all prohibited drugs. If you can’t train a horse with natural food and a training regime, you should not be in the industry and any bad apples need sorting out as quickly as possible.