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It started off foggy, but the sun is now shining

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

"If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Comrade Bond (Brian)

It’s a misty, cold morning and I turned both heaters on in the office first thing, when I got in. It was one of those days yesterday when I kept seeing the vet. It started at first lot, continued on until lunchtime and then I was visiting the equine hospital at 2 o’clock this morning. All the horses involved will hopefully recover without any more problems, but it certainly was one of those days and I seem to have had a few of those lately. We have been cantering on Bury Side most of the morning, which thankfully has gone without a hitch.

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Walking home in the fog at first lot

We have three runners today, two at Southwell this afternoon and one this evening at Kempton. We will start at Southwell where our first runner is Legal Art in the 7f maiden. It is quite a good days racing, prize money wise, and this maiden is worth £8,000, which for Southwell is amazing. She has run well in all her starts and if she takes to the surface must be there about once again. I think the dangers will be the Godolphin gelding and Mick Easterby’s. They have both shown reasonable form. Our other runner there is Prayer Time, who won very well on his only visit to the track, but went up an enormous 20lbs in the handicap for it, which was completely barmy when you and I could have finished in the frame that day. He has since been slightly disappointing at Wolverhampton and I thought we had better try him back here to see if the surface was the one certain denominator. The un-penalised Ralph Beckett horse looks very well in, but you should never be frightened of one, so here’s hoping.  Our runner tonight at Kempton is Hold Firm, who runs in the 1m handicap at 6.15. He is drawn well for a change and I am sure will be not far away, if he gets any luck in running. There should be a good turnout of his owners to cheer him on.

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Peeps, Astrovalour and Swilken cantering in the sun at second lot

I see there is going to be another race meeting in China, done in cooperation with the Emirates Race Authority. They are supplying all the horses, jockeys and support staff to put on a race day at Jinma racecourse. All the 56 horses will be leased to the local Chinese owners for the day and it will be another experience for the Chinese public to get involved in the racing industry. I see the horses have gone into quarantine and I hope they will be quarantined when they come back as well. This international movement of horses needs to be very closely monitored, to stop any major outbreak that could put a dramatic block on any racing, if one broke out. I think this is one of the major subjects we should be looking at worldwide, with the movement of horses and the expansion of international racing. We should also look at other horse related sports, show jumping, endurance racing, eventing, polo etc as these horses can carry very strange diseases if the quarantine and veterinary facilities aren’t up to scratch. One big outbreak of a strange disease could cause major disruption. We all need to be vigilant and take full responsibility for our actions.