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Will day two of Royal Ascot be as exciting?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

"Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors."

African Proverb.

Exercising on the Rubbing House canter

It’s a very similar morning to yesterday, weather wise, and although not cold, you still need a coat on as the breeze is quite chilly. We have had a mixed morning with the horses, mainly using the Rubbing House canter on Southfields. We have also walked a few through the open stalls and we continue to move horses in and out from the stud. The ones that have come in look like broodmares and have done really well for their time out. We will now be getting them on the walker, putting shoes back on, worming, teeth and starting them back into fitness.

Comrade Bond

It was a great first day at Royal Ascot with a fantastic performance by Gleneagles, who I heard Aidan O’Brien say was possibly the best miler they have had. That is praise indeed, but he looks like being a real champion. I must give praise to Ryan Moore, who was once again completely outstanding and is without doubt the world’s best jockey. He conducts himself in a proper way and produces the goods time and time again. We have got a wide assortment of jockeys this year, from various countries, that have come with high reputations and are undoubtedly top class. I was very impressed with the Hong Kong jockey who came across on the TV very well, but our homebred Ryan Moore is different class. I must also mention Frankie here, who is definitely on a high at the moment with the Derby and the French Oaks in the bag. He is a great jockey and horses run for him and after all his problems, he is definitely back to his best.

Our tipping competition got off to a slow start, with me managing to find a couple of short price winners and Richard not even hitting the board, but there is a long way to go and our efforts for today are below.

Standing after first day

Richard minus £60.00

MHT minus £20.92


2.30    Sir Isaac Newton    3.05    Kurland    3.40    Rizeena    4.20    Western Hymn    5.00    Ayaar    5.35    Jellicle Ball


2.30    Bossy Guest    3.05    Rah Rah    3.40    Integral    4.20    Free Eagle    5.00    Temptress    5.35     Mother’s Finest

Making their way back to the yard

I see Betfair announced record profits yesterday and it just goes to show how much money goes out of the game into private pockets. The firm does give money to racing on a voluntary basis and certainly gives money to good causes within the industry, but we must get the racing right which will take tax off every bet placed on the computers and phones, anywhere in the world. It seems a complete joke that people can bet on our racing without putting anything back. On weeks like this when the world of celebrities and high rollers are all at Ascot, there doesn’t seem anything wrong with our industry and there is £5 ½ million of price money up for grabs during the week. It’s the best weeks racing in the world, which attracts the best horses and showcases to everybody in the world why our racing is the best. The problem is that the vast majority of our racing is the complete opposite and we need to have the finances to put this right.