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

A busy morning on Bury Side

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes."

Francis Bacon.

Topamichi (Frankie)

A wet, damp, but not cold morning greeted us today. It was very busy on Bury Side, with everybody and their wife trying to get up Warren Hill polytracks and grass, especially at first lot. At this time of year these hills are the main conditioning areas in Newmarket and when you get two or three of the extra large strings of horses we have at present, it is a recipe for congestion. I know the Jockey Club are looking at ways of sorting out the area at the bottom of Warren Hill and making it more open. They certainly need to do this, as before long we will be getting somebody hurt through no fault of their own. I am glad to report we missed most of the problems and got out and back very smoothly.

Singing Hinnie (Joe) and Astrowolf (Veronika)

The BHA has announced their anabolic steroid policy and zero tolerance doping rules. This is a very complicated area and there are many questions to be asked of everybody before the policy can run smoothly, if it ever can. This has all been caused by a couple of idiotic trainers who have now been dealt with. The BHA announced it was going to ban all steroids, without adequately thinking things through. Nobody wants drugs in sport, especially in our sport, and the ‘bad guys’ need sorting out as quickly as possible. However, there are many questions regarding veterinary care that need to be addressed and I am sure there will be a few anomalies along the way. Trainers and breeders can have their reputation ruined by the implication of a test, which was no fault of theirs at all. The sales companies have a lot to put into this mix, as they are the ones who make huge profits and are in a position to make sure their horses are sold drug free. I think this will run and run.

Sant'Elia (Joe) leading the two-year-olds

I see Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the BHA, is very hopeful that a ‘racing right’ can be agreed with the government of the day, or forthcoming government. Can anybody forget we have got an election in May! Let’s hope he is right, as this income could form the basis of an improvement to prize money in the next few years, which is what we all need to survive. I am not talking about just trainers, but breeders, jockeys, and stable staff etc.