Horse welfare is paramount ...

A busy morning out on Hamilton Hill

Monday, 20 July 2015

"Let your inner sunshine overcome the passing haze of discontent."


Careless Rapture

It’s an overcast start to the day, and not quite as warm as I thought it was going to be. We have had no rain though and it doesn’t look like we will be getting any for the next few days. The only part of the country getting the rain is Scotland, where it might affect the golf once again. It has been busy on Hamilton Hill this morning, with the Darley Pre-Training using the canters as well, which has meant plenty of banter between the strings. All good hearted I may add. Everything has gone well and they all look to be moving and feeling good in themselves.


It was very firm at Newmarket on Saturday. There was very little good in it and as Joe Fanning reported, it was very fast ground. Regal Galaxy won the best turned out, as did Humphry Repton. She hated the ground and will be a completely different horse with a bit of juice. She behaved impeccably and jumped out of the stalls well. Humphry didn’t seem to mind the fast ground, which surprised me and although being mid division, he ran better than I was expecting. He will be getting a handicap mark now and hopefully he can improve enough to win a race in the near future. I just need to get a clear run with him as he has been plagued with little niggling problems.

Maureen visiting Permera

I see there is a bit of aggro about a race at Pontefract on Friday night. I ran Jack Carter there, who got into a bit of a barging match entering the straight, and faded out of contention and had left before this race. It seems that we are the only daft country that waits for other races overseas, i.e. Ireland, to finish before we run our races. The horses were in the stalls for several minutes and one broke its rein and had to be withdrawn as there was not enough time to sort it out. The Irish don’t delay their races if there is a clash and where is the rule that says this should happen over here. It is only protocol in Britain and the races weren’t even on the same channel. It is nearly like being in the EU!