Horse welfare is paramount ...

Why must they say it is good?

Friday, 26 June 2015

"It takes a long time to become young."

Pablo Picasso.

Astrovirtue and Astromajor on the watered gallop

It is an overcast morning, but the temperature is still on the warm side. The forecast is for it to get very warm next week once again, in fact 30 degrees is being suggested. The ground is getting firm everywhere and it was on the fast side at Newmarket yesterday. We worked a few on the watered gallop first lot, and they all went very well, but I am afraid this strip of ground is the only place in the country you will get ground like this. All the others have been using the polytracks on racecourse side and the morning has gone well so far.

Permera, Legal Art and Regal Galaxy

My Guardian Angel ran well yesterday after a long layoff and we just bumped into a very progressive, improving horse in the winner. Let’s hope he comes out of it well and we get some ground for him in the near future. It was a bit too firm for Prayer Time, who was in the right position but just blatantly wouldn’t let himself go on that fast ground. The going stick was 7.6 at Newmarket, where Ryan Moore told me it was very much on the fast side, and at Nottingham it was 8.4 but the Clerk of the Course there gave the going exactly the same as Newmarket. If you think that 10 is hard 8.4 must be good to firm if not firm. These Clerks of the Courses love to have good in the going description. I have withdrawn Smile That Smile at Newmarket tonight with the ground being like it is, as she is much better on good or the easy side of good. There will be plenty of other days for her.

Blue Bounty and Mark Time on Hamilton Hill

I see Arc have appointed Martin Cruddace as their new Chief Executive. He takes over from Tony Kelly, who is off to join the Hong Kong Jockey Club. His legal knowledge and experience will come into play, no doubt in the very near future, on varying items that will be thrown at him. I know a lot will be more important than Yarmouth and its surface, but it would be much appreciated if he could sort that mess out as quickly as possible.

Happy horses, happy staff

There is a great article on the partnership of Trip To Paris, this year’s Gold Cup winner, in the Racing Post today and how for very small money, a top horse can be bought and enjoyed. You just need patience, good luck and faith. It can happen to anybody, which is what keeps us all in this marvellous game of ours.

Even Jimmy is joing in