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Can you give a good home?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater."

William Hazlitt.

Astrowolf leading Astrovirtue on the Cambridge Road polytrack

Its blue sky this morning, but there is still a breeze and a jacket has certainly been required at first and second lot. The Rubbing House canter followed by the Cambridge Road polytrack was first lots exercise and Hamilton Hill was the ground for second lot. All has gone well so far, although we have had a non-runner staff wise, which always means having to redo the riding out board.

Humphry Repton on Hamilton Hill

The Newcastle all-weather track continues to get plenty of comment today in the Racing Post and Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the BHA, is trying to put  a spin on the matter and say it won’t be the start of more tracks turning their grass into an all-weather. I think he is wrong as the Arc group of racecourses are purely out for profit and their shareholders and have no thought for the greater good of the industry, whether it is now or in the future. The horse is not given a thought. It is only pounds, shillings and pence. Just imagine the Northumberland Plate, the famous Pitmens Derby, being run on Tapeta. It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Legal Art

The big news of the day is that Qipco have signed a sponsorship deal with British racing to keep the backing of the Champion’s Series, the Champion’s Day at Ascot and the Newmarket Guineas festival. It will mean the top races being worth more, which will keep up their profile worldwide, but does nothing for the day to day race meetings. I thank them for their investment, but would love to have seen some imagination and thought gone into what could be done to help the ordinary owner, who is the backbone of our sport. A proper series of races for 70-90 rated horses would be a start and an imaginative apprentice race programme would be another. We need to give the younger generation of jockeys something to aim at and in my view would be of great benefit to everybody.

Comrade Bond

We have one or two horses who require good homes at the moment and you only have to look at our ‘where are they now’ section of the site to see how well they go on with their careers in different disciplines. Whether you want a horse to hack / show jump / show etc or just to be a companion, we can find the right horse to meet your needs. Just give us a ring in the office on 01638 661434 and we can discuss matters further.