A very well deserved winner of the Longines Ladies Award ...

Hold Firm runs well again

Wednesday, 03 June 2015

"Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway."

Emory Austin.

L-R Astrovirtue, Astromajor and Toparali

It’s a much calmer morning with very little wind and the temperature has certainly risen considerably from yesterday, and this seems to be the forecast for the next few days, just interspersed with the occasional thunderstorm. I took a few horses across to between the banks this morning where they worked up in three’s, on ground that was riding fast, but with plenty of cover and no jar. Everything is beginning to build up now and there will be plenty of runners soon.

L-R Regal Galaxy, Permera and Ixchell

Hold Firm ran another very sound race from his outside draw and just came up against a well handicapped improver. He gives his syndicate a shout every time and he has a heart of a lion. It is a pity he is not a hand bigger as he would have a bit more scope for the future, but if he keeps in this form, size doesn’t matter.

The start of the Hamilton Hill gallop

I was surprised to see that Northern Irish racing has its own governance and finance, which is very much on its uppers at present and the headlines were ‘that racing there was in crisis’. It is a thing you never think about and I would have thought it was all entwined with the British and Irish authorities. There must be some reason for it standing on its own and let’s hope they can sort the finances out to keep the tracks going.

Walking out to the gallops

I see it was the grand opening of the Jack Berry house yesterday in Malton, Yorkshire, where Jack has fund raised over £3 million to build the establishment. This will run alongside Oaksey House in Lambourn and is under the jurisdiction of the Injured Jockeys Fund. We have our own Racing Centre here in Newmarket, which was the old Astley Club, and has now been completely revamped with a gym and physiotherapy centre. The big difference between Newmarket and the other two is that we are available to anybody in racing, especially the stable and stud staff, but the other two are purely for the jockeys or ex-jockeys. It would be beneficial if all three centres were open to the whole racing industry.

Prayer Time with Reece on board