Sylvestre de Sousa is doing so well ...

We are now back cantering

Monday, 10 August 2015

"Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them."

François VI de la Rochefoucault.

Hold Firm

It’s an overcast morning, but warm and a few showers are forecast for around lunchtime. I think that is all we are going to get for the next few days, with thunderstorms forecast for Friday. It is a perfect temperature to work in and although we have had a few non-runners staff wise this morning, we are getting the horses out well and everything has started back into cantering after their week of antibiotics. This is all we will be doing this week, just getting them back into the routine and the telling point will be next Monday when the vet will scope a cross section and that will tell us where we are. Hopefully they will be all clear and we can start entering horse to run once again.

Exercise finished, walking back to the yard

It seems to be happening frequently at the moment, what with Peter O’Sullevan and George Cole dying, we have now lost another very good friend and popular member of our profession in Ray Gilpin. Ray was always there in the background, quiet, unassuming, but very professional in everything he did. His reporting was top class and he always gave a fair assessment of what had happened. He was a very good judge of horses and people and he got on so well with everybody. I think you will be very hard pressed to find anybody who didn’t like and respect Ray. Our condolences go to his family.

Yorkshire road sign

There was a marvellous article today in the Racing Post on the Yorkshire trained winners over the years. It goes back to Beeswing in the 1830’s, including Sea Pigeon and Night Nurse and finishes with Double Trigger in the 1990’s. It is great reading, brings back so many memories (not the 18th century though) and shows that if the horse is there and has ability, it can be trained anywhere. I have just had a trainer pop into my office to ask me for a phone number and a quick chat later we decided that nobody should be able to train more than 60 horses. That would really sort out the trainers who could train and the ones who couldn’t. It is easy to crow when you have 250 plus horses, and one or two win big races. It is the consistency of the others and the wastage which should be measured.