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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

"Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life."

Jean Paul Richter.


It’s an overcast morning and we have had a little bit of drizzle, but there is no real rain and it is still very muggy and close. I wish we could get some wind, which would clear the atmosphere. We have had a busy morning already, with both horseboxes disappearing north and south with runners and normal exercise in the yard. Everybody is working well and spirits are high.

Humphry Repton

Last night’s runner, Hold Firm, missed the break and that was the end of the story. If he had jumped in line I am sure he would have won as he made up more ground than he lost. You can only tell the jockey what to do and how to get him out of the stalls and it is frustrating when things don’t go according to plan. He has had a very busy time, the horse, always does his best and he deserves a short break now before coming back on the turf, when the ground is easier.

We have two runners today at Lingfield and one at Uttoxeter. Permera is our first runner at Lingfield in the 2.10. She makes her debut in division two of the 6f maiden. Not drawn brilliantly, she has been showing us her wellbeing at home and I am sure she will beat more than beat her. We then run Astrowolf at Uttoxeter in the 2.20. He ran well on his first effort at Fontwell, and then was slightly disappointing next time. I would hope he would run a reasonably good race today in this maiden hurdle. He enjoys jumping and he will be handicapped after this. Let’s hope the ground is as good as they say it is. Our final runner is Astrovirtue in the 5.10 at Lingfield. He got quite tired on his comeback run at Beverley 12 days ago. We are back in trip a bit today, but drawn terribly once again and we will have to try and get in a good position early on. If he handles the track, I don’t think he will run too badly.

Mr and Mrs Reed visiting Careless Rapture

We got the first transfer of the Great Yarmouth fixtures yesterday, up to the end of August. Just think about it, possible runners at Yarmouth and they have transferred the six meetings to three at Wolverhampton on the all-weather, one at Newcastle, one at Ffos Las and one at Chepstow. Now you can’t get much further away from Yarmouth than those and although owning Doncaster, Windsor, Lingfield and Southwell, amongst others, all on the flat, they go and transfer these fixtures so far away. There doesn’t seem to be any control or brains behind these transfers of fixtures. The BHA seems powerless.

Walk over, now it's back to the pond

I see the point of consumption tax has been referred by a judge to the European court and they are saying it may be heard within 18 to 24 months. Doubtless the outcome will be challenged once again by whoever loses and what chance we have of getting a ‘racing right’ on the statute books quickly, has disappeared. The finance of the racing in Great Britain will continue to be very elitist, with the top few tracks having the cream and the rest fighting for the scraps. The future of the sport must be fought for with determination and let’s hope for once the incumbents of the BHA can stay long enough to see it through. It may be four to six years before we see any improvement and by that time historically we will have had two or three new chief executives and chairman. I always tell them they need ‘true grit’ when taking this position and I just hope this new lot have got it.

Arekelton in her new role

We have had a very nice story regarding one of our old inmates, Arekelton, who we found a good home for. She has become a polo pony and her new owner is delighted with her. She tells me she is learning all the time and is very good with the stick and ball and they have scored three goals this season. It is always great to see our old horses find these good homes and we will continue to endeavour to do so. We do have one or two at the moment who are available, plus a young mare, so if anybody wants one please give the office a ring.