Horse welfare is paramount ...

A gridlocked Newmarket this morning

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

"If you can wear the hard times of your life as furrows on your brow, you can wear the good times as a twinkle in your eye."

Robert Brault.

Prayer Time (Jimmy) and Hold Firm (Reece)

It’s a bright morning once again, but the breeze has got up and it’s pretty cold if you are out in the open. It has been chaos in Newmarket this morning, with the A14 shut both ways at the Exning junction. This has meant every road into town being jammed and with the horses going across the major roads at our busiest times, you can guess the problem that has caused. I got caught out in it, taking at least half and hour to get from the Moulton road back to the yard. The horses have all had a good exercise though and they all appear to be very fresh and well.

Thanking the traffic when crossing the road

Astromajor ran OK once again yesterday. He doesn’t like this sharp all-weather tracks and will be much happier once on a galloping turf course. He will need 1m 4f in time and should be very capable of winning races. I will give him a short break now and get him ready for the start of the turf in the spring.

Sant'Elia (Frankie)

The build up to Cheltenham continues, with the Racing Post full of stories and betting articles. I always think there is more about Cheltenham than there is about Royal Ascot and the Racing Post is slightly biased towards the National Hunt part of the game, but maybe that’s just me. Let’s hope the ground is perfect for the start of the Festival and they won’t have to water, like they have done in previous years. It is always fantastic viewing as every race is a Championship, and comes at the perfect time at the end of the National Hunt season. The flat tries to have its Championship Day in October, which is far too late and at the mercy of the weather. Royal Ascot is the flat seasons Championship, which comes in the middle of the season. Why we try and change things that work well I will never know and we pay these people as well.