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Will we get the rain today?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

Latin Proverb.

The grandstand at Newmarket 

It’s much colder today, with the temperature quickly dropping during the morning. There is a band of rain coming across, but I am not sure if it is going to reach as far as East Anglia, which is disappointing as we desperately need it. Let’s hope for once the forecasters are wrong and we get a good downpour. We have been on Hamilton Hill and the Rubbing House canters this morning and so far so good. We did have one loose one, which proceeded to gallop home, but was quickly caught and the rider and horse were reunited and continued on to do a canter.

Bracken Brae (Sophie) on the Rubbing House canter

After the fillies trial yesterday it is the big colt’s trial today at York, with the Dante at 3.15. There are several horses in here which are high in the Derby betting, in fact the first four in the Derby list are all running today and I am sure there will be some changes in the pecking order afterwards. The ground will be drying up and although they said it was like a carpet yesterday, it will be much firmer today. Ever since York did the drainage work a few years ago, it has changed the whole structure of the course and the ground is much firmer than it ever was.

Ixchell (Equiano ex Amanda Carter) on Hamilton Hill

I see there is an article in the Racing Post today, with ten ways in which racing can shape its future. There are certainly ones that need implementing, like the disqualification of horses if the jockey breaks the whip rules. I think the idea of free race cards and a free days racing also wants investigating. The horse weights and moving the jockeys weights up is one that we can do without. They have been talking about Sundays for a long time, ever since they first came in. They have never been a success and they want to concentrate on the fixture list itself, rather than this day. There ought to be more interesting qualifications for races, so that everybody can have a chance of winning. I think the races for owners that have never had a winner is a good one and there should be at least 20 of these every year. I am sure there are a lot more imaginative minds out there that could get together to come up with plenty more ways.