Horse welfare is paramount ...

Newmarket is gridlocked

Thursday, 28 May 2015

"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner."



Band of Thunder

It’s a bright morning with a mixture of clouds which come across in large numbers. A few look like they are going to produce a downpour, but as yet we have had nothing. It’s cool if you are not out of the wind and I think it is going to stay this way for a few days. We have had a good morning so far out on the heath and where we are situated at present on the Hamilton Road, we can get out and exercise without any problems. There has been a major crash on the A14 and the town is completely gridlocked with the traffic trying to avoid the area.


Hold Firm leads Astromajor

This morning’s traffic has shown how advantageous it can be on the Hamilton Road side of town as the Bury Side has to cross so many roads and when the traffic is as bad as it is this morning, it can cause mayhem. There are a tremendous amount of horses trained within a very small area and they all seem to assemble in the same place. The crossing points have got traffic light systems and it works well, but on days like this when frustration on both sides come into play, emotions have got to be kept in check. Before the bypass was built many years ago, this is what Newmarket was like on a daily basis and you can see why the bypass was a godsend.


Regal Galaxy

We have got the farrier at the stud today and she will be concentrating on the foal’s feet. They are growing fast at the moment and can change on a weekly basis. It is imperative that the feet are balanced and the addition of some extensions can help the legs straighten and avoid future problems when they come into training. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that the racing public never see and this age is the time to put any faults straight.