Horse welfare is paramount ...

More accommodation will help the crisis

Thursday, 23 July 2015

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Dr Seuss.

Walking through the open stalls and Humphry showing how it's done

It’s a bit cooler this morning, overcast with no wind and the forecast is possibly for some good rain later on today and also tomorrow, but only if the depression comes high enough across the county. As usual, the forecasters are playing it safe by saying they are not sure how far the rain will spread. We have been cantering on the Rubbing House polytrack, along with several other strings and it was actually quite busy, as was the round canter.

     14_Sweeping     22_Heavensfield
               Sweeping Beauty walking in                                  Heavensfield walking out

I see Ryan Moore will be out for the rest of the year and it just goes to show how lucky he must have been when he had the accident in the stalls. You don’t take any chances with neck injuries and although by all accounts the x-rays are not too bad, this sort of injury has to be given plenty of time to heal properly. The world’s best jockey will be badly missed at this time of year, but it will give opportunities to others to gain recognition. Everybody wishes Ryan a complete recovery.

Dot Green is walking through well

There was a double spread article today in the Racing Post, and a special report on the potential stable staff crisis which has started to hit the headlines in recent weeks. I told you before that with the new immigration rules this was always going to happen as the recruitment process within the industry has been very poor. The BHA has very little idea of what is happening on the ground, as they are completely out of touch with reality. The major problem in Newmarket is accommodation and we need so many more flats building. If the increase in horse population continues in town, this matter will just get worse.

Topalova walking in to stand alongside Sweeping Beauty