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I will say it again, prize money needs to be increased ...

Loose one!!

Monday, 20 April 2015

"Dwell not upon the weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire." Arab Proverb.

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Hold Firm, Medicean ex Astrodonna, Humphry Repton and Mr Turner 

cantering on  Hamilton Hill

It’s about 10 degrees colder this morning and feels like winter is back once again. It is misty and a bit damp and the first two lots have been out cantering and trying to warm up, both horse and jockey. I think the forecast is to get warmer as the day goes on, and it certainly needs to as everybody has just started to get their summer clothing out, only to find they still need thick winter jumpers. Cantering on Hamilton Hill polytrack has been the exercise for the morning and everything has gone off without a hitch - well nearly, as we have one loose one. As we were leaving the yard one decided it was too cold for it and tried to stay in the warmth of its stable. After a little bit of gentle persuasion and running round the yard loose, it condescended to do two canters. Yes Richard, it was Prayer Time!

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Yaz and Prayer Time back together

It’s been a typical few days of Classic trials, with the picture now completely muddled and no one any better off. It will only actually be on the day when we get a winner of both Classics that the pecking order starts to be confirmed. I think the ground has been a big factor, with both tracks being on the fast side and a lot of horses have just not acted on the ground. We have not had enough grass growth to cushion the tracks and it certainly will have been jarring to some horses. This start to the flat season, as you can see, is still disjointed and we now have Sandown over jumps to go as well and with the Tony McCoy factor this weekend, the flat will be forgotten until that is over. I think the Guineas meeting will be the kick start to the season ahead.

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The string walking back into Frankland Lodge after exercise

There was a good article in Sundays Racing Post on Nick Rust, the new Chief Executive of the BHA, and I definitely think his heart is in the right place and he has the determination and understanding on what needs doing. The problem is everybody else, who all have their own agenda and don’t see the big picture or have a long term vision for the sport. I just hope Nick can pull everybody together and get them all working in the right way, including the bookmakers who will benefit if the sport is healthy. I think we must give him some time to get this right.