Encouraging reports...

Off for a day meeting at Kempton

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

"We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."

Japanese Proverb.

Joe keeping an eye on Topaling

Enjoying the sun in the turn out paddock

It’s a perfect morning, there is not a cloud in the sky, no wind and the temperature is just right. We have had a very good morning so far, with first lot going over to the grass gallop between the banks and second lot doing a very good spin up Hamilton Hill. Everything has moved well and with purpose and all are beginning to know their jobs. It is a great help to have Jimmy Quinn in on work mornings because as well as teaching the horses, he gives great advice to the young staff. He is also very cheerful and a happy yard means happy horses. We have very nearly got the yard sorted out and the finishing touches will all be complete this week. It is stupid things like health and safety matters, with assembly points and lots of lists. It all needs doing and putting in place. I always say the European community cause so much red tape, but if it is the law you have to do it as you can be inspected at any time. 

Cantering between the banks at first lot

We have one runner today. Hold Firm runs in the 3.20 at Kempton. He hasn’t got the best of draws in 9, but I don’t think it is insurmountable. Unless there is a real improver in the ones that have only had three runs and their first time in a handicap, he should be there or there about once again. He is a very consistent sort now that he has grown up and developed and I expect him to give his Raceworld syndicate plenty of fun this year.

Sant'Elia (Jimmy), Star Commander (Niall) and Bracken Brae (Leon)

The first of four meetings around the country was yesterday, when Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the BHA and Great British racings chief, Rod Street, talked to an audience in Edinburgh. The article in the Racing Post today spells it out, with 85,000 jobs linked to our industry, £10 billion annual betting turnover and £130 million in prize money, we have a 7% drop of horses in training, we have a 15% drop in sole ownership. The reason is only 26p in the pound is returned to the owners. Their target is 1,000 new horses, 5% increase in betting and £120 million extra funding per annum. It doesn’t say where that £120 million is going, I hope to prize money as that is the only hope you have of reversing the horses and ownership problem. I have said before, Nick Rust is a sound man, with genuine interest in the sport and its future. I am not sure about the other one, but at least they are being open with interested parties and we will have to wait and see if the trends can be reversed.