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

We are Lingfield bound over the next couple of days

Friday, 16 January 2015

"An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language."

Martin Buber.

Hold Firm (Reece) going out to exercise

It is much colder this morning and I think the cold weather is set to stay for the next week or two. -10 I saw on one forecast, so the racecourses could be in for a hit and miss few weeks. Only the all-weathers will keep it going, but don’t forget the track at Southwell was frozen last time, so you can’t rely on that one. We had a busy morning once again, with horses going off in every direction - some racing, some galloping and some just having an easy day. Everyday is different.

Topaling (Sophie)

We have one runner today and then two on Saturday, all at Lingfield. We start today with Blue Bounty, who runs in the 2.25. He has had a couple of months break since his last ran and this ultra consistent gelding deserves to get his head in front a few times this season. I have put him back up in trip and although not drawn very well, I am hoping Jimmy can ride him to have a bit of luck and I expect to see him finishing well. Let’s hope the gaps come at the right time.

Tomorrow Toptempo runs in the first and must have a chance in this lower class race. She should handle the track OK and I expect her to be very much in the shake up. Hold Firm runs in the last, where he is a few pounds out of the handicap, but there are very few races for him and you have to run when you can do. He has been pleasing me in his work this month, and I expect him to be right on top of them at the line.

Medicean ex Astrodonna in the indoor ride

The new BHA chief executive, Nick Rust, has given an interview to the Racing Post today and will be starting his new job on Monday. He outlines his objectives and what he hopes to achieve. I have got both him and the chairman, Steve Harman, coming up to speak to the Newmarket Trainers at our AGM in early February and I am sure my members will give them both a good cross examination. I don’t really know how much power they have actually got as we have no ‘dictator of the turf’ and the racecourses seem to be the ones with all the power. It will be an interesting meeting.

Legal Art (Sophie)

I see a racehorse owner went to court to try and offset his losses of owning a racehorse, against his income tax. He was unsuccessful as the HMRC stated that owning a racehorse did not amount to a commercial trade and so cannot be set off against income tax. The one thing you can do though is if you do get lucky and sell a horse for a profit, there are no capital gains. So if you buy a horse for £20,000 and sell it for £2 million, there is no tax to be paid. If only we could do that every year!