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Thursday, 22 January 2015

"The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality."

Robert Brault.

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Lawman ex Katajan (Jess) two-year-old filly

It’s not quite as cold today, there is no wind whatsoever and it is just a normal January morning out on the heath. We have been around Side Hill polytrack first lot and have been using Bury Hills and our own indoor ride for the rest. We are one staff member down at the moment as we had a bit of a blip yesterday with one of the girls being deposited on the ground and injuring her arm. After first fearing it was broken, x-rays showed it was only very badly bruised, so let’s hope for a quick recovery.

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Medicean ex Astrodonna (Yaz) two-year-old colt

We have one runner today at Southwell. Astrowolf runs in the 4.10, with Ben Curtis taking the ride and let’s hope he can take to the surface. They either go on this mixture of sand, or they don’t. It is becoming a very specialist track as nobody seems to put this surface down at home, and you have no idea whether they will go on it or not. It is just purely trial and error. It is quite bad kickback if you get behind, and I will be hoping for a reasonable run, if he handles it all.

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MHT opening the gate for the horses

There is an article today in the Racing Post in big headlines ‘grim up north’. It is a double page spread on how hard the northern jump trainers are finding making a living. The BHA are throwing statistics forward, which they say shows there is nothing to worry about, but reading the piece and understanding what everybody has to say, they are completely right and I just hope the people in charge really listen to what is being said. My old subject of travelling costs certainly comes into play here in the north, because if you look geographically from where you train , there is a lot of travelling involved, which pushes up the cost tremendously. There has got to be a lot of deep thinking done and it won’t change overnight, but the racecourses and the bookmakers now control the purse strings and if they want to keep the industry vibrant, they have got to come up with new initiatives which encourage owners to keep horses in training, in all areas of the country.