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Horseracing: Industry Recovery?

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

"Like the sky opens after a rainy day we must open to ourselves….Learn to love yourself for who you are and open so the world can see you shine."

James Poland.

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Comrade Bond leading the trotting

An overcast morning but no wind once again. We have had a normal exercise with all three lots walking and trotting with a few of them cantering. This will be the exercise for the next week as they are having their course of anti-biotic which won’t end until after the weekend.

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Peeps having a gentle canter

I see the BHA are hailing a sign of recovery in the industry as data has been published that shows that the horse population is growing and the non-runner rate has decreased as well, with fewer small size fields as a result. They say statistics can show anything and I think this is the case in this instance as there are multiply factors that can affect all three figures. I will cheer from the roof tops when the three way agreement is signed by the racecourses but as yet nothing has happened. This agreement is the important one and I think will never come to fruition. All this other cheer leading is just at the edges.

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Singing Hinnie

I was very sad to read the news of the death of Lord John Fitzgerald. John was only 63 but had been suffering from cancer and died at home in Newmarket. I have known him a long time as his assistant training years coincided with mine. He was assistant to Bruce Hobbs and Tom Jones, two very old fashioned type trainers with proper standards of horse care and horsemanship. John carried this over into his training career. I was actually at Leicester when Sizzling Melody won his first race before going on to win the Norfolk and the Flying Childers. John's demeanour was one of a serious person but behind it all he had a steely determination and a very dry sense of humour. Although his training career did not last long, due to circumstances at the time, he was cherry picked to go to Dubai and set up what is now the Emirates Racing Authority, he also spent time in Hong Kong and Macau as a steward and director of those authorities. Our condolences go to his family.

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Walking home in the sun